IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Sep 23, 2015

Michael Den Tandt in today's National Post: Justin Trudeau is running rings just now around both his principal opponents. He is doing so through clearer strategy, sharper tactics and dogged hewing to a plan. This week’s debate about defence procurement is a case in point.

Sep 22, 2015

Canada could pull out of the F-35 project without facing financial penalties but a Liberal government likely wouldn’t be able to exclude the plane’s manufacturer from bidding in an open competition for a new fighter jet, says a former top defence procurement official.

Sep 22, 2015

Delays in large-scale production of U.S. Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth war planes combined with the Harper government’s failure to commit to competitive bidding for a new fighter jet have led to a Department of National Defence plan for a $500-million upgrade to extend the life of Canada’s vintage CF-18 fighter fleet by five years, a new industry acquisition guide for the fighter program shows.

Sep 22, 2015

A Liberal government would hold an open competition for fighter jets among the lower-cost competitors, Trudeau has said, noting that there would be no penalty for withdrawing from the F-35 project. Harper said Monday that would "crater" the aerospace industry, particularly in Trudeau's backyard of Montreal. Would it?

Sep 21, 2015

Senior British Army officers and procurement officials are examining the future of the BAE Systems Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT), including possibly buying a new vehicle.

Sep 21, 2015

NATO, its 28 allies, and industry are still debating how best to fully exploit public-private co-operation to protect the alliance's cyber networks, although some progress has been made since NATO's Wales summit in September 2014, according to allied officials.

Sep 21, 2015

Canada was actively pursuing — at the political level — the possible acquisition of the French-built Mistral-class helicopter carriers, several defence, diplomatic and military industry sources have told The Canadian Press.

Sep 21, 2015

Documents obtained by CTV News suggest that the Conservative government's plan to overhaul the Royal Canadian Navy with a multi-billion dollar procurement to replace frigates and destroyers may be in trouble.

Sep 21, 2015

Later this month the United States will almost certainly approve women in all combat positions. It’s a mistake whose time has logically come, says John Robson in an op-ed column in today's National Post.

Sep 21, 2015

Justin Trudeau says a Liberal government would not buy the F-35 fighter jet and would instead purchase “more affordable” aircraft to replace Canada’s aging F-18s.

Sep 21, 2015

Second World War veterans marched alongside members of the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Cadets in a parade yesterday on Parliament Hill as part of commemorative ceremonies observing the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Sep 21, 2015

Close to 25,000 people from across the country ran, walked, and rolled through the streets of Ottawa and Gatineau in the eigth annual Canada Army Run, presented by BMO – one of the most unique running events in the country.

Sep 18, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama believes that holding military talks with Russia on Syria is an important next step and hopes they will take place very shortly, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday.

Sep 18, 2015

From being a rather modest exhibitor at DSEI in London, UK, the Canadian presence has grown to a record 65 companies, occupying 6,000 sq ft, in 2015.

Sep 18, 2015

Canada’s military is looking at ways to potentially contribute to missile defence but it has yet to figure out how it would be able to afford such a capability, according to documents obtained by the Citizen.

Sep 18, 2015

The Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) hoped-for-purchase of F-35 fighter jets has hit another obstacle, in the form of a Canadian dollar that has dropped 25 per cent against its U.S. counterpart since 2013.

Sep 18, 2015

Edmonton was first invited to name a ship of the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942. But it couldn’t be HMCS Edmonton. That's because there was already an HMCS Edmundston.

Sep 17, 2015

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) unveiled a new uniform design for the British Army that includes a pair of smart glasses and a smartwatch, which the department hopes to deploy to soldiers sometime in the 2020s.

Sep 17, 2015

While gunfire rang out in the streets, Burkina Faso’s military took to the airwaves Thursday to declare it now controls the West African country, confirming that a coup has taken place just weeks before elections.

Sep 17, 2015

The Syrian military has recently started using new types of air and ground weapons supplied by Russia, a Syrian military source told Reuters on Thursday, underlining growing Russian support to Damascus that is alarming the United States.

Sep 17, 2015

Canada should be at the forefront of an international push to de-militarize the Arctic and declare it a nuclear-free zone, one of the country's prominent foreign affairs ministers said Wednesday.

Sep 17, 2015

Airbus Defence and Space (DS) revealed during the DSEI 2015 exhibition in London a new system for detecting and neutralising unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Sep 17, 2015

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) invites members of the public to show their appreciation for and remember those who served and sacrificed during the Battle of Britain, by attending the 75th anniversary ceremony on Parliament Hill.

Sep 17, 2015

In a hallway of Simon Fraser University, retired Canadian Forces captain Trevor Greene is doing something he has not been able to do since being struck in the head by an axe in Afghanistan in 2006. Mr. Greene, 50, is walking.

Sep 16, 2015

Between September 15th and 18th, Canadian defence and security companies will be showcasing their world-class technologies and services as part of the Canada Pavilion – a marketing platform managed by CADSI that uses the Canadian maple leaf as a global calling-card when exhibiting at the world’s biggest defence and security trade shows.

Sep 16, 2015

The biggest show of its kind, approximately 32,000 visitors from 121 countries will walk the floors at the ExCel Center in London, U.K. this week, seeking out the latest military and security technologies. The four-day DSEI event kicked off Tuesday.

Sep 16, 2015

The relationship between the economy and defence is often overlooked, but the link is material to debates on balanced budgets, deficit spending or potential program cuts, says George Petrolekas in an opinion piece in The Globa and Mail.

Sep 16, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday strongly defended Moscow's military assistance to the Syrian government, saying it's impossible to defeat the Islamic State group without co-operating with Damascus.

Sep 16, 2015

A new crisis centre whose job is to provide immediate safety for Canadian military personnel who have been sexually assaulted or harassed will only operate during eastern business hours and will be closed on the weekends, according to a Defence document leaked to the Citizen.

Sep 16, 2015

Sir Nick Houghton, the UK’s chief of defence staff, has expressed concern about ever greater constraints on the use of force, including lack of public support and parliamentary consent.

Sep 15, 2015

The UK Ministry of Defence has announced plans to hold a ‘hacking’ event on the deep web to develop technologies that could improve the UK’s national security. The MODHack event will run from 25 to 27 September at Wallacespace in London.

Sep 15, 2015

The U.S. Navy has agreed to limit its use of sonar and other training that inadvertently harms whales, dolphins and other marine mammals off Hawaii and California in a settlement with environmental groups approved Monday.

Sep 15, 2015

Retired lieutenant-general and former senator Roméo Dallaire says Canada has the capacity to take in between 80,000 and 90,000 Syrian refugees, and he dismisses security concerns over accepting them as a "smokescreen."

Sep 15, 2015

The Royal Canadian Regiment received a warm welcome from Ukrainians as it begins Operation Unifier, the Canadian military’s mission to help train Ukrainian army units for war against the Russian-backed separatists who control swaths of eastern Ukraine.

Sep 15, 2015

The Hungarian government is expected to decide Tuesday to deploy the army to its border with Serbia as a set of harsh new measures meant to stop the huge flow of refugees and other migrants through the country takes effect.

Sep 15, 2015

Stephen Harper condemned Russia’s increased military involvement in Syria as “dangerous” Friday — but also reiterated his promise to keep Canadian conventional combat troops out of the war-torn region.

Sep 14, 2015

Canada has slipped far behind other industrial countries on Harper’s long watch, in terms of what we spend pulling our weight abroad, notes an editorial in The Toronto Star: We have some catching up to do. 

Sep 14, 2015

A new watchdog in Britian is poised to crack down on defence procurement and stop the practice of “padding” government supply contracts. The Single Source Regulations Office set up last year, is launching a fundamental review of rules on how much profit companies can make, in the first shake-up of defence procurement in almost 50 years.

Sep 14, 2015

Defence Minister Jason Kenney is calling on the Persian Gulf countries to step up and accept more Syrian refugees, saying that a ceasefire in the conflict is unrealistic.

Sep 14, 2015

The Canadian Forces could play a key role in helping to bring at least 50,000 Syrian refugees — far more than the government is planning — to Canada by Christmas, retired general Rick Hillier says.

Sep 14, 2015

At least 12 people were killed and 10 injured in Egypt’s southwestern desert Sunday when security forces mistakenly fired on a group of Mexican tourists, Egyptian officials said.

Sep 14, 2015

Russian forces are expanding the tarmac of a major airport in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia, a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad and his minority sect, a prominent Syrian monitoring group said Sunday.

Sep 11, 2015

Some 100 intelligence officers are now stationed at Canadia Forces Stattion Alert try to intercept Russian aircraft and submarine communications and other signals intelligence. Canada shares the take with U.S. intelligence agencies.

Sep 11, 2015

The latest issue of The Economist magazine notes that Canadians like to see themselves as global benefactors, but in fact they have been pinching pennies on aid and defence.

Sep 11, 2015

Interviews with the party leaders this week on CBC's The National revealed a sharp difference of opinion about Canada's military role in fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Here, military observers consider the positions of Harper, Mulcair and Trudeau.

Sep 10, 2015

The U.S. Department of Defense is considering offering rapid seed funding to private companies as a way to encourage more work on technology projects with the commercial sector, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Wednesday. The push for greater cooperation with tech companies has been a big theme for the DOD in the past year as it faces a growing and unprecedented threat from private and state actors on the Internet and beyond.

Sep 10, 2015

Soldiers, sailors and pilots should sell British-made weapons to help boost exports, according to the defence industry association. Having military staff who actually use the systems advising potential customers would increase the chances of securing foreign sales, according to ADS, which represents the country’s aerospace, defence and security businesses.

Sep 10, 2015

Russia has started to build a huge military base housing ammunition depots and barracks for several thousand soldiers near the Ukrainian border, a project that suggests the Kremlin is digging in for a prolonged stand-off with Kiev.

Sep 10, 2015

Russian aircraft flying into Syria are delivering military supplies and humanitarian aid, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday, but he shed no light on what the U.S. and NATO worry is a Russian military buildup at a Syrian airfield.

Sep 10, 2015

The Netherlands is to order 14 Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters from the United States, Dutch defence minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert has said.

Sep 10, 2015

The Ottawa Citizen is running material about what each political party is promising to do in the areas of defence and security. Here is the view of the Liberal Party.

Sep 10, 2015

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says his first acts as prime minister would include pulling the Canadian Forces out of Iraq and Syria, bringing in 10,000 Syrian refugees and reducing taxes for small and medium-sized businesses.

Sep 10, 2015

More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military's Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, says a report in the The Daily Beast.

Sep 09, 2015

Lida Citroen, writing in Entrepreneur magazine, lists the top five reasons military spouses should be as highly considered for private sector careers as their military veteran partners.

Sep 09, 2015

David Cameron has said “hard military force” will be needed to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power in Syria and to defeat Islamic State. As he signalled the start of a government push to make the case for greater British military involvement in Syria, the prime minister said that a failure to take military action was “a decision itself and has consequences”.

Sep 09, 2015

The Ottawa Citizen is running material about what each political party is promising to do in the areas of defence and security. Here is the view of the NDP Party.

Sep 09, 2015

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is promising to boost the aerospace industry, a sector that has seen hundreds of layoffs this year. Mulcair said Tuesday he would set up a $160-million, four-year fund to help small– and medium-sized aerospace companies adopt new technology and increase production in an effort to better compete globally.

Sep 09, 2015

New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair said he’d be open to having the Canadian military transport Syrian refugees out of Turkey to help resettle them here more quickly.

Sep 09, 2015

Canadian air strikes against ISIS targets in Iraq plunged by more than 50 per cent after Prime Minister Stephen Harper called the October federal election, flight totals provided to The Hill Times by the Canadian Armed Forces show.

Sep 08, 2015

The Ottawa Citizen is running material about what each political party is promising to do in the areas of defence and security. Here is the view of the Conservative Party.

Sep 08, 2015

Rules on the profits arms companies can make on more than £8 billion of contracts with the UK government each year will be renegotiated, in one of the most sweeping reviews of defence acquisition for decades.

Sep 08, 2015

Poland will spend $40 billion on defence-equipment acquisitions over the next eight years in an overhaul of the country’s military capabilities aimed at deterring potential threats from Russia and becoming a more robust member of NATO.

Sep 08, 2015

The employment axe is hanging over another 6000 public servants at the Australian Department of Defence as a new cull of its middle and upper management ranks gets under way. Workers at the giant department were told on Monday that a new round of redundancies was targeting big reductions in its executive and senior executive ranks.

Sep 08, 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron revealed Monday that British forces used a drone strike over Syria in August to kill three Islamic State fighters, including two Britons.

Sep 08, 2015

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper says Canada’s military mission in the Middle East must last for “the long haul” to defeat Jihadist extremists in the region.

Sep 04, 2015

Prospective bidders on the already delayed proposal to acquire 18 new fixed-wing search and rescue (FWSAR) aircraft for the Department of National Defence were advised today that the deadline for submitting bids has been changed from 28 September 2015 to 11 January 2016. In confirming the postponement, Public Works & Government Services Canada offered no explanation.

Sep 04, 2015

The US military has been monitoring a Russian military vessel that has been sailing close to a ballistic missile submarine base and underwater transit routes, according to Pentagon officials.

Sep 04, 2015

Given Canada's NATO and other commitments around the globe, this country needs a bigger, more muscular military, writes Geiffrey Johnston in The Kingston Whig-Standard.

Sep 04, 2015

The European Union (EU) is planning to shift its operation in the Mediterranean against human trafficking to a more aggressive stance, said Federica Mogherini, the EU's top official for security and defence policy. The change would authorize the mission's naval commanders to chase down, capture, and destroy the flimsy and overcrowded vessels used to ferry refugees - often fatally - to Europe's shores.

Sep 04, 2015

Stephen Harper said yesterday that military action is required in order to address the root causes that are forcing millions to flee the war-ravaged regions in Iraq and Syria, noting he has already pledged during his election campaign to accept 10,000 more refugees from Syria and Iraq over four years if re-elected.

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