IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Oct 19, 2018

Canada’s top general is overhauling military morale-boosting tours after an internal investigation uncovered the extent of the problems with a 2017 trip to Latvia that resulted in a sexual-assault charge against a former NHL player.

Oct 19, 2018

Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan, a former detective with the Vancouver police, sat down with Postmedia News to discuss how legalization will affect the Canadian Armed Forces and the broader impacts it will have on Canadian society.

Oct 19, 2018

Defence industry officials are preparing for an announcement Friday revealing the “preferred bidder” for the $60 billion Canadian Surface Combatant program. Irving Shipbuilding and PSPC are expected to name the consortium which scored the highest with their bid to provide the 15 new warships for the Royal Canadian Navy.

Oct 19, 2018

The three top officials in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province were killed when their own guards opened fire on them at a security conference Thursday, the deputy provincial governor said, and a Taliban spokesman said the target was Washington’s top general in Afghanistan, Scott Miller, who escaped without injury, according to NATO.

Oct 19, 2018

Cyber threats to Canada’s federal election in 2019 are coming fast and furious, surprising even the intelligence agency tasked with monitoring and combating the issue, and politicians and political parties are the target, a House of Commons committee heard on Thursday.

Oct 18, 2018
In the face of new challenges, Germany is recommitting itself to the Nato alliance. But what will playing a more central military role mean to a country that has often been accused of reluctance about its armed forces?
Oct 18, 2018

In a surprise announcement, U.S. President Donald Trump has called for government spending to be cut 5 percent across every federal department, leaving next year’s military budget in confusion.

Oct 18, 2018

The goal of intelligence-driven defence is a positive feedback loop. Lockheed uses the "cyber kill chain" framework for its intelligence gathering. “Kill chain” is military jargon for all the steps you need to take to perform a mission, from gathering reconnaissance to launching a weapon to assessing the damage.

Oct 18, 2018

Pressure is growing on the European Union and its member states to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia following the alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Oct 18, 2018
Trudeau declined to answer any of the 24 questions Conservative MPs put to him on the Norman matter, insisting it would be ‘inappropriate’ to weigh in.
Oct 17, 2018

Canada's former ambassador to Saudi Arabia – who was expelled from the country this summer after Ottawa had a falling out with Riyadh over human rights – has delivered a blunt, tenacious defence of the $15 billion deal to sell light armoured vehicles to the kingdom.

Oct 17, 2018

After a fuel tube problem sidelined all operational F-35 aircraft last week, more than 80 percent of jets have been cleared to return to flight, the F-35 joint program office announced.

Oct 17, 2018

Efforts are underway by Irving Shipbuilding to convince the federal government to build two more Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships at its Halifax yard. Irving also wants all Halifax-class frigate maintenance work to remain with the yard in Nova Scotia.

Oct 17, 2018

Canada's most expensive military project is entering a critical new phase as the government is on the verge of picking its top design for the country's $60-billion fleet of new warships. Defence insiders say the government wants to select a design by the end of the month.

Oct 17, 2018

The federal government will announce on Wednesday morning that it intends to proceed with a plan to grant pardons to Canadians who have past simple possession charges.

Oct 17, 2018

The actions of Canada’s top soldier could soon be under a microscope as the case of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman proceeds towards trial. Among the documents Norman’s lawyers are seeking are records of exactly what General Jon Vance told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about Norman’s alleged involvement in a leak of classified information.

Oct 16, 2018

The man who led Canada’s troops in Afghanistan said the Canadian peacekeeping mission in Mali has no prospect of immediate success. "The political overtones and what’s going on in this country and this mission are ugly,” retired Major-General David Fraser said on Monday.

Oct 16, 2018

The criminal case facing the military's former second-in-command moved from the legal to the political arena Monday as the Conservative opposition accused the Liberal government of blocking Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's right to a fair trial.

Oct 16, 2018

Details are scarce, but reports indicate multiple F-22s, which cost some $150 million each, may have been wrecked at Florida's Tyndall Air Base. Tyndall is located east of Panama City, near the point where the deadly storm made landfall, and a number of jets were left in hangars as the Category 4 storm rolled in.

Oct 16, 2018
When Vice-Admiral Norman’s case comes to court next August, it is likely that Liberal MP Scott Brison’s reputation will be dragged through the mire too.
Oct 15, 2018

The 2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group began distributing the C-19, the new Canadian Ranger service rifle, to its 25 patrols in Quebec on Saturday. Distribution of the rifles started in Waskaganish, James Bay, according to the Canadian Rangers.

Oct 15, 2018

China’s official state-run media has confirmed the designation of the country’s newest long-range strategic bomber, with analysts speculating that the prototype is expected to make its first flight soon.

Oct 15, 2018

The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP) announced Friday what they are calling two substantive reviews of government national security and intelligence activities. The findings will be published in NSICOP’s first annual report.

Oct 15, 2018

Shipbuilders at Halifax's Irving Shipyard have launched a campaign to keep their work in Nova Scotia, as concerns mount over the possibility of repair work on Halifax-class navy ships being transferred to Davie Shipbuilding in Quebec.

Oct 15, 2018

Lawyers for Vice-Admiral Mark Norman have served notice they intend to probe the actions of one of the Liberal government’s top cabinet ministers as they try to clear the name of the naval officer accused of leaking confidential information.

Oct 15, 2018

The criminal investigation into the alleged leak of cabinet secrets over a multi-million dollar shipbuilding program almost three years ago did not stop with Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, as the RCMP confirmed Sunday the probe is ongoing.

Oct 12, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump signaled for the second time in 24 hours he would oppose stopping arms sales to Saudi Arabia even if its government was found to have murdered a Saudi journalist.

Oct 12, 2018

Exercise ARDENT DEFENDER staged two counter-explosive threat scenarios in Meaford, ON, on October 10 and 11 as police and military personnel from a number of organizations tested their skills in dealing with explosive threats.

Oct 12, 2018

In a letter to the Prime Minister, two influential member of the U.S. Senate select intelligence committee warn that inadequate safety measures put Canadian national security and "Five Eyes" joint intelligence co-operation at risk.

Oct 12, 2018

The U.S. military has grounded its entire fleet of F-35s in the wake of one of the planes crashing in South Carolina two weeks ago. As a result of an initial investigation, the 245 F-35s being used in the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps will be grounded in an operational pause.

Oct 12, 2018

Police forces across Canada are developing very different policies to ensure officers are not impaired on duty. Meanwhile, the Canadian military is allowing marijuana use in Canada within eight hours of reporting for duty, with exceptions for ammunition handlers and equipment operators.

Oct 12, 2018

Halifax and Irving Shipbuilders used the slogan "Ships Start Here” to win a large part of Canada's government shipbuilding. Now signs saying “Ships Stay Here” are appearing around Halifax, in support of a campaign to keep shipbuilding work from going to Quebec.

Oct 12, 2018

Muhammad Ali wants to return to Canada after years of fighting alongside ISIS in the middle east. If Canada allows him to come home, should be face criminal charges?

Oct 11, 2018

U.S. foreign military sales totalled to $55.66 billion in 2018, a 33 per cent increase compared to the nearly $42 billion in weapons sold in 2017, the Defence Cooperation Agency announced.

Oct 11, 2018

British Defence Minister Stuart Andrew this week called on hundreds of defence companies to help the military respond to emerging threats as quickly as possible, calling them the ‘unsung heroes’ behind the Armed Forces.

Oct 11, 2018

In an unprecedented series of developments that one former officer says represents a crisis in leadership in the Canadian Army Reserve, the military has in the last several months removed one reserve-unit commanding officer, temporarily suspended another and accepted the resignation of a third.

Oct 11, 2018

An assessment by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says the security situation in Mali has worsened over the past three months and demand for food and other assistance has gone up. Canadian peacekeepers have only flown two medical evacuations since becoming operational in early August.

Oct 11, 2018

Three new small surveillance aircraft could cost Canada $140 million more than the military's original estimate of up to $249 million. The Beechcraft King Air planes will carry sensors and equipment to intercept cell phone and other electronic transmissions and support Canadian missions overseas and in Canada.

Oct 10, 2018

For years, drones have been pushing the limits of military capability, and is now on the cusp of going mainstream. There are certain inflection points when any new technology goes from being perpetually in the "near future" to being a part of everyday life, and that time is now.

Oct 10, 2018

For a deadly high-stakes game of nuclear submarine hide-and-seek you can turn to a Tom Clancy thriller. Or a newspaper. But not, alas, Canada’s Department of National Defence, says John Robson.

Oct 10, 2018

In seven years, the North Warning System is expected to be obsolete. The Canadian and U.S. governments are trying to figure out how to upgrade the radars for modern times – opening the door that the sensors could be plugged in to the Pentagon’s missile defence system as well as be modernized so they can track a new generation of Russian cruise missiles.

Oct 10, 2018

Ralph Goodale, Canada's public safety minister told reporters that gathering information about citizens returning from service with foreign terror organizations is a top priority.

Oct 10, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has ordered the Air Force and Navy to get mission capable rates for four key tactical aircraft up above 80 percent by the end of next September, a daunting challenge given the current readiness rates of America’s fighter fleets.

Oct 10, 2018

With legal marijuana a week away the Canadian Police Association asks why some forces are imposing strict limits on off-duty cannabis consumption. Calgary police service rules would effectively prohibit any marijuana use for most officers.

Oct 10, 2018

Canada and Mexico signed on Tuesday what is being called a defence co-operation arrangement. The arrangement will provide a mechanism to further collaborate in a number of key areas, including defence education, training, and capacity building, defence materiel, peace support operations and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Oct 10, 2018

The federal government is looking to extend the amount of time that officials have to respond to veterans seeking various different types of benefits and support for their service-related injuries.

Oct 09, 2018

A naval row has broken out over the home location of Britain’s new Type 26 frigates, with Portsmouth’s council leader accusing the government of breaking its promise to the city. He said the government had failed to keep its promise to support defence work in the city, after the announcement that all eight of the new Type-26 frigates will be based in Plymouth.

Oct 09, 2018

A September 19 decision by the Court Martial Appeal Court has caused massive organizational upheaval, and it could radically alter the Canadian Armed Forces. But this decision is long overdue – and it will become a vital component of a change agenda that’s desperately needed for the military, says Ken Hansen.

Oct 09, 2018

The Department of National Defence posted a public notice last week looking for four young pups eager to work. Some dogs will trained to be what’s considered “single purpose” dogs and trained for detection. The other dogs will be trained for a variety of skills, including tracking, patrol and detection.

Oct 09, 2018
A former professional Russian internet ‘troll’ is warning Canadians “need to be vigilant” ahead of next year’s federal election. Vitaly Bespalov was once an employee at the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the official name for the notorious Russian troll factory in Saint Petersburg.
Oct 09, 2018

A new study shows military families in Ontario wait a month longer to begin getting health care after moving than their civilian neighbours. It takes them months longer to see specialists.

Oct 09, 2018

A 28 year old Canadian, Muhammad Ali, is being held in Syria on suspicion of fighting for ISIS. He was captured while trying to return home. Kurdish officials want him off their hands, but it is unclear if he would face any charges on his return to Canada.

Oct 09, 2018

A naval memorial Halifax that honours those who died in the First and Second World Wars was defaced on the weekend with anti-war slogans, including the anarchy symbol. Veterans and others worked to remove the graffiti.

Oct 09, 2018

Gen Jonathan Vance, Chief of Defence Staff says despite pre-recruitment screening and statements that extremism will not be tolerated, it is likely that some right-wing extremists get in to the Canadian Forces. In recent years, several incidents involving right-wing activity by CF members have made headlines.

Oct 06, 2018

In 2015, a Canadian security company that had been tasked with examining a box of U.S. servers, discovered a Chinese spy chip. Servers from that company could found at Amazon, Apple and the DoD among others – compromising America’s technology supply chain, as well as national security.

Oct 05, 2018

Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) and Australia's defence procurement division have signed an agreement in support of the country's CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. Under the accord, announced on 4 October, Boeing will consolidate all existing support services for the Australian Army's CH-47F Chinook fleet into a new through-life support contract to be conducted in-country.

Oct 05, 2018

The Research Center For Islamic History, Art and Culture and the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Ottawa will be hosting the IRCICA Calligraphy Exhibition and the talk: “The Wandering Calligrapher & Architect Sinan's Epitaph: Isfahan, New York, Toledo, Mumbai, Istanbul.” by Prof. H. Masud Taj on October 13th.

Oct 05, 2018

A research arm of the U.S. military is exploring the possibility of deploying insects to make plants more resilient by altering their genes. Some experts say the work may be seen as a potential biological weapon.

Oct 05, 2018

Canada joined NATO allies on Thursday in blaming the Russian military for new cyberattacks that targeted the international chemical weapons agency and the investigation into the mysterious 2014 crash of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.

Oct 05, 2018

The minister in charge of Canada’s cyber agencies says he is “very concerned” about the “untoward” cyberattacks that Russian intelligence officers have been charged with, following a multi-jurisdictional investigation into “malicious” activity that targeted Canadian-based doping agencies and an international chemical weapon organization.

Oct 05, 2018

Heavy ice conditions are preventing the annual sea resupply of three Arctic communities: Paulatuk, Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk. Government officials say flying diesel fuel to Paulatuk is an immediate priority.

Oct 04, 2018

A high-ranking member of Canada's military is facing jail time and a reduced rank after pleading guilty to disgraceful conduct as a result of voyeurism at a court martial on Tuesday.

Oct 04, 2018

Canada's international trade minister quietly sounded out officials at the Department of National Defence last spring about how much of the content in the navy's new Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships could be sourced back to China, newly released documents reveal.

Oct 04, 2018

Australia has issued a request for information for at least 16 special operations support helicopters. The helicopters will be acquired under Project Land 2097 Phase 4, which has not been formally approved by the Australian government but has been identified as a priority for future defence spending in the 2016 Defence White Paper.

Oct 04, 2018
The Royal Canadian Navy’s new supply ship Asterix is operating in the Pacific but it won’t at this point be lending a helping hand to those in need after last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.
Oct 04, 2018
Canada's first subs, bought at the outbreak of the First World War, had originally been intended for Chile. But the Chileans deemed them defective.
Oct 04, 2018

Supply barges for the central Arctic communities of Paulatuk, Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay have been blocked by sea ice, forcing the cancellation of the annual 'sealift'. Millions of dollars worth of fuel, food and consumer goods are stranded on the dock at Tuktoyaktuk.

Oct 04, 2018

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of the prime minister will sponsor the future HMCS Harry DeWolf at a naming ceremony on Friday at Halifax Shipyard. The ship is the first of the Royal Canadian Navy's lead Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships fleet.

Oct 03, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump's representative to NATO is leaving some daylight between herself and her boss on the thorny political matter of Canada's monetary contributions to the alliance. "Canada is doing so many things that are very important," Kay Bailey Hutchison said in a CBC interview.

Oct 03, 2018

The RCAF's fleet of fighter jets is reaching "absolute retirement age" and buying used aircraft from Australia won't change that.

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