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IN THE NEWS

Feb 18, 2019

Justin Trudeau's principal secretary and long-time friend has resigned amid allegations that the Prime Minister's Office interfered to prevent a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. In a statement, Butts denies accusations related to pressuring former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to help the Montreal-based engineering giant avoid a criminal case on corruption.

Feb 18, 2019

During the NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels over the weekend, Defence Minister Sajjan reiterated Canada’s unwavering commitment to the Alliance and the transatlantic bond. He also underlined Canada’s leadership on key NATO missions like the enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup and NATO Mission – Iraq.

Feb 18, 2019

Yesterday, the Royal Canadian Air Force marked the arrival of the first two interim fighter aircraft from Australia. These first two are the single-seat F/A-18A model. They were flown to Cold Lake, Alberta, from Nellis, Nevada, where they were participating in Exercise RED FLAG.

Feb 18, 2019

Just two days after resigning as Minister of Veterans Affairs, Jody Wilson-Raybould was still keeping up with plans to visit with veterans. Last Thursday, she visited the George Derby Centre, a senior care centre located in Burnaby, B.C., to help distribute Valentine’s Day cards made by students. The visit was planned while she was still in office.

Feb 16, 2019

Canadian companies are set to vie for attention and contracts as one of the world’s largest military trade shows kicks off this weekend in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. FrontLine interviews CADSI President Christyn Cianfarani at IDEX.

Feb 15, 2019

Australia has been selected to provide maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade for a significantly larger number of components for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleets in the Asia-Pacific region.

Feb 15, 2019

The Russian parliament has approved a second draft of a bill to ban service members from carrying certain electronic devices and sharing information about their units, movements and activities with journalists or in posts on social media.

Feb 15, 2019

The U.S. Air Force stripped its first-ever female commander of the F-16 Viper demonstration team of her position two weeks after she was appointed. Col. Derek O’Malley said he removed Capt. Zoe Kotnik from her post as commander and pilot because he had “lost confidence in her ability to lead the team.”

Feb 15, 2019

Prosecutors say a man found not criminally responsible in a knife attack at a Toronto military recruitment centre should not be allowed to take college classes on his own.

Feb 15, 2019

As part of a collaboration with small island developing states, four Canadian fishery officers were a part of patrols around Fiji and the island nations of Kiribati, Tokelau, Vanuatu, and Tuvalu for two weeks in January, working on a U.S. Coast Guard vessel out of Honolulu and an RCAF Aurora maritime patrol aircraft in Nadi, Fiji.

Feb 15, 2019

Wounded and injured soldiers – both serving and retired – have been given the option of postponing the filing of disability claims until after the Liberal government's pension-for-life plan is implemented on April 1, CBC News has learned.

Feb 14, 2019

The owner of a Steinbach antique shop and cafe is on a mission to find descendants of a soldier who wrote a letter 102 years ago. The letter, addressed to a Selkirk woman, describes in detail how the woman's brother saved the writer in the Battle of Vimy Ridge during the First World War.

Feb 14, 2019

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg wrapped up two days of important discussions between Allied Defence Ministers in Brussels today. Ministers discussed arms control, current operations and missions, burden-sharing, and European defence. The Secretary General described the Alliance as “in good shape” as its approaches its 70th anniversary in Washington in April.

Feb 14, 2019

A shortage of sailors is making it hard for the RCN to operate its ships and work on replacing them at the same time, according to a senior naval officer. The revelation by Commodore Steve Waddell, head of naval strategic readiness, follow similar concerns from the RCAF about the difficult choices it is facing thanks to a shortage of experienced pilots.

Feb 14, 2019

An international dispute between Canada and Saudi Arabia is holding up hundreds of millions of dollars in armoured-vehicle payments that were promised to U.S. defence giant General Dynamics, executives disclosed recently in a call with investors.

Feb 14, 2019

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, issued a CANFORGEN announcing the list of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) General and Flag Officer senior appointments, promotions, and retirements that will occur in 2019.

Feb 14, 2019

second public official has been charged over the alleged leak of cabinet secrets related to the $700-million naval shipbuilding contract that is also at the heart of the case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.

Feb 13, 2019

St. John's Dockyard Ltd. in Newfoundland has been awarded a $10-million vessel life extension contract for the Hudson, a 56-year-old Canadian Coast Guard ship. The coast guard is hoping to squeeze another five or even 10 years out of the Nova Scotia-based offshore oceanographic science vessel that was built in 1963.

Feb 13, 2019

The Pentagon is investing tens of millions of dollars into new cyber training centers, which comes as the American military has pledged to take more offensive operations in cyberspace.

Feb 13, 2019

A free Veteran Family Program called Mental Health First Aid will be offered in Prince George, BC, this weekend, geared for medically-released veterans, family members and anyone who provides services to them. More than 700 military and veteran families live in Prince George.

Feb 13, 2019

The commander of North America’s missile warning system is urging Canada and the United States to get on with upgrading the continent’s defences in the face of threats unmatched since the Cold War.

Feb 13, 2019

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada says it never sought or received instructions from the government over the breach-of-trust case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.

Feb 12, 2019

Jody Wilson-Raybould – the former justice minister who has kept largely silent since a news report claimed the Prime Minister's Office pressured her to help Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution – has quit the Liberal cabinet. She resigned as Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.

Feb 12, 2019

The UK defence secretary has announced plans to make more from his stretched budget by converting ferries into two Royal Marine strike ships and by buying and reconfiguring commercial drones for the Royal Air Force to swarm enemy defences.

Feb 12, 2019

A Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a man who said he was sexually abused when he was a teenager attending cadet camp in Nova Scotia nearly five decades ago. The man had sued DND over what happened at cadet camp in Greenwood, N.S., in 1970.

Feb 12, 2019

Nearly two years ago, volunteers, military members, and the coast guard met in northern Manitoba for what would be their last roundtable meeting on SAR in the Arctic. Supporters of the Northern Search and Rescue Roundtable still aren't sure what happened next – but say the disappearance of the meetings has led to confusion and wasted resources.

Feb 12, 2019

The PMO is at the centre of a new row over allegations of politically interfering in a prosecution. The legal team for VAdm Mark Norman are demanding that redacted notes taken in meetings between Crown prosecutors and government lawyers from the PCO be fully disclosed so defence lawyers can determine whether political interference took place.

Feb 11, 2019

France’s Naval Group and Australia today signed a $35 billion contract to build 12 Attack-class submarines for the Australian navy. Negotiations over the ownership of technology and details of the industrial partnership had been underway since Australia selected the French group in April 2016 as its preferred bidder over Japanese and German offers.

Feb 11, 2019

Twenty-five years after one of Africa’s most grisly conflicts, many know the story of how the world didn’t stop it in time. But Canadians’ work in rebuilding was a quiet success – and veterans are organizing to make sure they are recognized.

Feb 11, 2019

A shortage of experienced pilots is forcing the Royal Canadian Air Force to walk a delicate line between keeping enough seasoned aviators available to train new recruits and lead missions in the air, says RCAF commander LGen Al Meinzinger.

Feb 11, 2019

Canada's $227-million fleet of mid-shore coast guard vessels are rolling "like crazy" at sea, making crews seasick and keeping some ships in port during weather conditions where they should be able to operate, CBC News has learned.

Feb 11, 2019

Recent Russian moves in the Arctic have renewed debate over that country’s intentions and Canada’s own status at the top of the world. The newspaper Izvestia reported late last month that Russia’s military will resume fighter patrols to the North Pole for the first time in 30 years.

Feb 08, 2019

33 Canadian Brigade Group HQ to deploy for an exercise in Nepean region from February 8 to 11, 2019.

Feb 08, 2019

The U.S. Navy sought to spark interest in STEM + Art through LEGO Shipbuilding lessons at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum.

Feb 08, 2019

Despite concerns of some Cape Breton residents, DND is reporting that exhaustive historical reviews and area searches have not uncovered any information to indicate chemical or conventional munitions were ever dumped in Bras d'Or Lake.

Feb 08, 2019

The Government of Canada officially announced today that it has officially selected Lockheed Martin Canada for the design of 15 new Canadian Surface Combatants that will be built at Irving Shipbuilding’s Halifax Shipyard.

Feb 07, 2019

According to Globe & Mail protected sources, Jody Wilson-Raybould was pushed out of the Justice portfolio for her unwillingness to press the public prosecution office to abandon the court proceedings against SNC-Lavalin. This allegation was denied by the PMO.

Feb 07, 2019

It didn’t take long following the US announcement that the country would suspend its participation in the INF treaty for Russia to move in kind. Now, freed of its obligations under the 1987 treaty, Moscow is wasting no time in developing new, once-prohibited weapons systems.

Feb 07, 2019

Canada is an attractive target for malicious cyber operations and is often one of the first countries criminals and hostile nations target with new methods, a cyber security expert and former CIA analyst told a House of Commons committee Wednesday.

Feb 07, 2019

HMCS Regina, accompanied by Naval Replenishment Unit Asterix, departed its homeport of Esquimalt today for a deployment to the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. The ships will initially support Operation PROJECTION working with partner navies and conducting key leader engagements to enhance military cooperation and partnerships in support of Canada’s diplomatic efforts in the Asia-Pacific region.

Feb 07, 2019

The Liberal government is pushing ahead to try to get the Canadian Surface Combatant deal signed with Irving and the Lockheed Martin-BAE consortium either Thursday or Friday, sources say.

Feb 07, 2019

Over the next year, the top-secret National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians plans to probe the threat foreign interference poses to Canada, and examine how the military collects and uses information about Canadians.

Feb 06, 2019

Seaspan has selected Lockheed Martin Canada’s modern Command Management System (CMS 330) for the future Protecteur-Class Joint Support Ships (JSS).

Feb 06, 2019

The federal Conservative national defence and global security critics are going to Kelowna, BC, to hold a public town hall meeting. The public is invited to attend, ask questions and provide feedback about issues surrounding Canada’s national defence and global security, or any other federal issue, say organizers.

Feb 06, 2019

The Liberal government has decided to pull out all the stops on the construction of the navy's planned permanent supply ships – a move that's raised questions about how quickly the Canadian Coast Guard will get a critical oceanographic science vessel.

Feb 06, 2019

The RCAF is hoping to buy new drones within six years after spending nearly two decades weighing different options. The CAF has been working since the early 2000s to find unmanned aerial vehicles that can conduct surveillance over Canada's vast territory and support overseas missions.

Feb 06, 2019

Jody Thomas, the deputy minister at the Department of National Defence, who took part in two RCMP briefings on the Vice-Admiral Mark Norman case, has admitted to not taking any notes about what was discussed during those briefings.

Feb 05, 2019

The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has confirmed to Jane’s 360 its plans to pursue a “Japan-led” program to develop a next-generation fighter aircraft that will replace its Mitsubishi F-2 multirole combat platform in the 2030s.

Feb 05, 2019

Finland’s HX-FP multirole fighter replacement program has advanced to the next stage, as five aircraft manufacturers have tendered their proposals to the Finnish Defence Forces’ Logistics Command office. The proposals include preliminary quotations on cost.

Feb 05, 2019

A Quebec shipyard accused of being on the receiving end of leaks in the criminal case involving Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was mistakenly given a series of secret cabinet documents last summer, according to CBC News.

Feb 04, 2019

Canada would oppose U.S. military intervention in an increasingly tense Venezuela and is pushing for a peaceful transition to democracy with new presidential elections, the federal government says.

Feb 04, 2019

The Department of National Defence is investing in defence research and development to produce innovative solutions to surveillance challenges facing the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF), particularly in Canada’s North.

Feb 04, 2019

Last Friday, the Goverment of Canada announced the award of two contracts valued at $186 million to General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada to upgrade and maintain underwater sensors installed in the modernized Halifax-class frigates.

Feb 04, 2019

The United States will no longer abide by its nuclear arms agreement with Russia and will be removing itself from the treaty in six months if Russia doesn’t come back into its compliance, but Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said it’s too early to think about what the ripple effects could be for Canada.

Feb 01, 2019

Germany’s Ministry of Defence has officially ruled out the F-35 joint strike fighter as a choice to replace its aging Tornado fleet. An official from the ministry confirmed that the F-35 is not a finalist in the competition, which seeks a replacement for the 90-jet fleet.

Feb 01, 2019

Several major government figures at the centre of the criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman have not searched their personal email and phones for correspondence relevant to the case, despite the instructions of court-ordered subpoenas.

Jan 31, 2019

In a move outside of its normal budgeting cycle directly aimed at the question of burden-sharing with allies, Denmark has agreed to increase its long-term defence spending.

Jan 31, 2019

Canada is being forced to shoulder a bigger share of the costs of developing F-35 fighter jets even though it has not decided whether it will actually buy any. Each of the nine partner countries in the project is required to cover a portion of the stealth fighter's multi-billion-dollar development costs to stay at the table.

Jan 31, 2019

NATO's chief is calling on China to treat two Canadians detained in the country "fairly and with due process." In his first public comments about the case, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said today that he was following their case "with concern."

Jan 31, 2019

Canada’s top soldier says he kept no records of discussions he had with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other senior political officials after he moved to suspend Vice-Admiral Mark Norman from duty.

Jan 30, 2019

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Department of National Defence (DND) participated in a panel discussion for Bell Let’s Talk Day at the Canadian Forces Base Halifax.

Jan 30, 2019

The Boss. MN3. C34. The Kraken. Those are some of the “codenames” that officials at the Department of National Defence used to refer to Vice-Admiral Mark Norman in internal communications, a court heard as the suspended military officer’s pre-trial resumed Tuesday.

Jan 30, 2019

United States intelligence officials and politicians are escalating their fight against Chinese espionage in the wake of two wide-ranging indictments of Huawei Technologies Co. and they’re calling for American allies to join the battle.

Jan 30, 2019

Scott Brison, the veteran Nova Scotia MP and former Treasury Board president who resigned from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet earlier this month, has brought his own lawyer to a hearing in Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s criminal case in a bid to protect his privacy and his reputation.

Jan 29, 2019

Switzerland is to evaluate five potential aircraft types to replace its ageing fighter fleets, the country’s Armasuisse defence procurement agency announced late last week.

Jan 29, 2019

A new low-yield nuclear warhead, created at the behest of the Trump administration, has officially entered production. The first production unit of the W76-2 warhead is underway at the Pantax Plant in Texas, according to a statement from the National Nuclear Security Agency.

Jan 29, 2019

The Canadian Forces‘ top judge is set to be tried in a court martial this spring that will be overseen by his own deputy, in a case that is shaping up as a test for the military’s judicial system.

Jan 29, 2019

About 20 Canadian Armed Forces members suffered frostbite, and some required hospitalization, following a military training session near Petawawa, Ont., held earlier this month in extremely cold weather.

Jan 29, 2019

It’s a doomsday 1969 game: Cities will be vaporized and millions will be annihilated unless you act fast to stop it all. That is the premise behind an escape room game now being developed inside a decommissioned nuclear fallout shelter an hour’s drive north of Halifax in the rural community of Debert.

Jan 29, 2019

Incidents such as the alleged attempt to withhold records in the VAdm Mark Norman case and another where senior military officers are accused of hiding documents requested under the law are simply mistakes and should not be seen as an indictment of Canadian Forces or Defence department values, those organizations say.

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