IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Apr 16, 2019

Canada has formally joined a German-French coalition aimed at saving the international world order from destruction by various world dictators and autocrats – and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Apr 16, 2019

Boeing has been awarded US$14.3 billion to support and upgrade the B-52 Stratofortress and B-1B Lancer bombers over the next decade. Work will be performed in Oklahoma and is expected to be complete by 11 April 2029.

Apr 16, 2019

India and UK have renewed a memorandum of understanding on defence equipment cooperation. This comes after a bilateral defence and security equipment talks in London last week, the two nations agreed to re-double efforts to identify mutual defence and security capability needs and collaborate on solutions.

Apr 16, 2019

A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris’ soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below.

Apr 16, 2019

For those who love a man, or woman, in uniform, the Army Ball was the place to be on Saturday night as Canada’s military came dressed in their finest for the black-tie gala held at Gatineau's Hilton Lac-Leamy.

Apr 15, 2019

The U.S. military is returning to the era of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policies, said troops and LGBT+ groups, as new rules that will ban most openly transgender people from serving came into effect on Friday.

Apr 15, 2019

Defence IQ had the opportunity to talk to the Commander of the Canadian Army Doctrine & Training Centre, Major General Stephen Cadden, about the modernization of the Canadian training program and the importance of industry in delivering the right solutions.

Apr 15, 2019

The leader of India‘s Sikh-majority Punjab state has slammed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party after the federal government removed direct references to Sikh extremism in a recent terrorism threat report.

Apr 15, 2019

In an Ottawa courthouse, where daily law-and-order dramas play out before judges, one court proceeding now underway could land on Justin Trudeau’s doorstep just as Canadians get ready to go to the polls.

Apr 15, 2019

The politically charged competition to replace Canada's aging fleet of fighter jets will rocket forward at the end of May as the federal government releases a long-anticipated, full-fledged tender call.

Apr 15, 2019

The RCAF’s fleet of C-130J aircraft have been dogged with problems in recent years, once prompting a warning about aircraft availability. There have been problems getting enough parts for the transport aircraft fleet, forcing the RCAF to use wheels and tire assemblies from older Hercules on the new planes.

Apr 12, 2019

Less than a decade after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to turn his country into a top-five global cybersecurity power, Israel is recognized worldwide as a cybersecurity innovation hub that continues to produce not only some of the best products and services – but the best minds.

Apr 12, 2019

Sudan's state-run broadcaster says Defence Minister Awad Mohammed Ibn Auf is being sworn in as head of a new military council that will run the country for two years. The move is being taken after the military ousted autocratic President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday following nearly four months of expanding protests.

Apr 12, 2019

The Supreme Court of Canada will not delve into the multibillion-dollar sale of Canadian-made light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia. The high court gave no reason for refusing to hear an appeal from University of Montreal law professor Daniel Turp, who has pursued the issue for years.

Apr 12, 2019

Canadians have wildly diverging views on banning handguns and assault-style firearms, says a newly released summary of federal consultations.

Apr 11, 2019

Boarding team from HMCS Regina has seized 2,569 kilograms of hashish while deployed in the Indian Ocean as part of Operation Artemis, which is Canada's contribution to counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in Middle Eastern and East African waters.

Apr 11, 2019

Search and rescue teams found wreckage from a crashed Japanese F-35 stealth fighter in the Pacific Ocean close to northern Japan and are scouring the waters for the missing pilot, authorities said Wednesday.

Apr 11, 2019

The military's top intelligence officer says his branch only collects information on Canadian citizens under exceptional circumstances and usually at the behest of other federal government departments.

Apr 11, 2019

For the first time, women in the Canadian Armed Forces will be allowed to wear ponytails. The move, which also makes nylon stockings optional when in a skirt and permits flat shoes instead of pumps or oxfords, is the latest effort to modernize the CAF after the recent easing of restrictions on beards, boots and off-duty marijuana use.

Apr 11, 2019

Thousands of public servants in Ottawa are scrambling after the Department of National Defence informed them they would lose their parking spaces and announced a lottery for new spots that some are calling the “Hunger Games of Parking.”

Apr 11, 2019

Julian Assange, the fugitive founder of WikiLeaks and publisher of state secrets that embarrassed governments around the world, was arrested on behalf of the U.S. in London on Thursday.

Apr 10, 2019

The NSICP annual report, which had been delivered to the PM in December 2018, has now been released to the public. It covers topics of intelligence priorities, defence intelligence activities, legal authorities, plus oversight and accountability. Numerous federal departments and agencies were involved: CBSA; CSIS; CSE; Justice; DND and the Canadian Armed Forces; FINTRAC; GAC; IRCC; Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre; PCO; Public Safety; RCMP; and Transport Canada.

Apr 10, 2019

On April 6, 2019, HMCS Regina seized 2,569 kilograms of hashish while deployed in the Indian Ocean as part of Operation ARTEMIS, the CAF's ongoing contribution to counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in Middle Eastern and East African waters.

Apr 10, 2019

The British Army has taken over command of UK ground-based air defence systems from the Royal Air Force. The army launched the 7 Air Defence Group to assume the command of the air defence systems, replacing the RAF’s Joint Ground Based Air Defence.

Apr 10, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday put forward an ambitious program to secure Russia's foothold in the Arctic, including efforts to build new ports and other infrastructure facilities and expand an icebreaker fleet.

Apr 10, 2019

A Japanese air force F-35 stealth fighter crashed into the Pacific Ocean during a night training flight and parts of the jet were recovered, the defence ministry said Wednesday.

Apr 10, 2019

A parliamentary committee formed to address national security concerns is calling on the federal government to bring in greater scrutiny to the military’s intelligence-gathering activities.

Apr 09, 2019

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says he will find out why his department’s websites pay tribute to every other Canadian mission except the 1994 deployment to Rwanda, where the horrors of a genocide left many troops with permanent psychological damage.

Apr 09, 2019

It's a long way from the killing fields of Kandahar to the laneways of Lviv, Ukraine – but for LCol Pierre Leroux, the newer conflict carries some echoes of the older one.

Apr 09, 2019

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, today issued a statement to commemorate Vimy Ridge Day.

Apr 09, 2019

The Canadian Armed Forces, represented by Lieutenant-General Michael Rouleau, Commander of the Canadian Joint Operations Command, joined the Jordanian Armed Forces at a groundbreaking ceremony today to mark the beginning of the Jordan Border Road Rehabilitation project.

Apr 09, 2019

A suicide bomber from Calgary strikes near Baghdad. A Windsor man masterminds the torture and killing of foreigners at a Dhaka bakery. Two London, Ontario, gunmen take hostages at a gas plant in the Algerian desert. To date, Canadian terrorists have killed 127 people and injured another 195 in other countries since 2012.

Apr 09, 2019

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has issued a statement on how certain types of extremist ideologies are described in the 2018 Public Report on the Terrorism Threat to Canada:

Apr 08, 2019

An MP who has been looking into the militarization of the North warns that if Canada doesn't act now, it could slowly lose its grip on the Arctic.

Apr 08, 2019

Reduced SAR coverage, ferry-service disruptions, cancelled resupply runs and nearly $2 million in lost navigational buoys. Those are among the real safety, social and commercial impacts that communities across the country are feeling as the Canadian Coast Guard's fleet gets older,The Canadian Press reports.

Apr 08, 2019

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned amid U.S. President Donald Trump's growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border.

Apr 08, 2019

Joint Task Force X. It's a mysterious codename with a touch of Cold War cool. And it might become more familiar to Canadians in the coming months as the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians begins, bit by bit, to peel back the curtain of secrecy around military intelligence activities.

Apr 08, 2019

The United States has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to “security conditions on the ground,” a top military official said Sunday as a Libyan commander’s forces advanced toward the capital of Tripoli and clashed with rival militias.

Apr 05, 2019

The world’s security challenges are at the top of the agenda of foreign and interior ministers of the Group of Seven countries who are gathering in France. Interior ministers in Paris are focusing Friday on environmental crime, including reckless deforestation, waste trafficking and protection of lands and wildlife.

Apr 05, 2019

Maritime Forces Atlantic has confirmed that it will beautify a new building on the Halifax military base following complaints on social media that it’s an eyesore.

Apr 05, 2019

The U.S. Army is wading further into the process of buying a future long-range assault aircraft to replace UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters by issuing a request for information to industry to see what might be in the realm of the possible when it comes to fielding a new helo by fiscal 2030.

Apr 05, 2019

Australia has announced a reform of its defence industrial clearance scheme intended to provide assurances and risk mitigation for companies working with classified information.

Apr 05, 2019

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to Putin in December that the military has rebuilt or expanded numerous facilities across the polar region, revamping runways and deploying air defence assets. He said renovation works were conducted on a long string of Arctic territories.

Apr 04, 2019

Details of how the Trudeau government launched an investigation spanning six departments and agencies to hunt for who leaked information about a reported $10.5-million settlement with Omar Khadr in July 2017, were revealed by a National Post access-to-information request. When asked if the Privy Council Office ever uncovered the source of the leak, if the matter was ever referred to the RCMP, and if anyone was ever disciplined or terminated over the leak. Stephane Shank, manager of media relations for the PCO, sent a statement that did not answer any of the questions.

Apr 04, 2019

The Canadian military’s withdrawal from the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali has become fodder for trolling from supporters of al-Qaida and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, who are suggesting the decision abandons Canada’s allies to die in the jungle.

Apr 04, 2019

For an alliance where good politics has always been as important as good strategy, NATO's 70th anniversary is a propitious moment for the allies to respond positively and concretely to U.S. concerns, Joel Sokolsky and Christian Leuprecht say in a Globe and Mail opinion piece.

Apr 04, 2019

The Department of National Defence is pushing back against claims Irving Shipbuilding’s president made in testimony to a parliamentary committee that the company was forced to threaten a journalist with legal action to protect the reputation of the government’s shipbuilding strategy.

Apr 03, 2019

British soldiers have been urged to take Andy McNab books on exercise to improve their literacy. Recruits should bring ‘action books’ to pass the time while in the field, according to Ministry of Defence guidance.

Apr 03, 2019

After months of warnings, the United States has stopped delivery of F-35 fighter jet parts to Turkey in retaliation for Ankara’s decision to move ahead with the purchase of a Russian surface-to-air missile system, the Pentagon said Monday.

Apr 03, 2019

In recognition of Sikh heritage month, The Military Museums in southwest Calgary is hosting a temporary exhibit highlighting Sikh military history in Canada and around the globe.

Apr 03, 2019

Canada should postpone banning Chinese communications giant Huawei’s use of 5G technology because the decision could complicate a fraught relationship with the superpower, says the former head of Canada’s spy agency.

Apr 02, 2019

Australia has updated its list of military and dual-use goods and technologies that are subject to export controls. The Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL) 2019 replaces a list that was introduced in 1996, most recently updated in 2018, and repealed on 1 April.

Apr 02, 2019

Crews were called to CFB Esquimalt on Monday to put out a fire on HMCS Corner Brook. The submarine is at the Esqumalt Graving Dock undergoing a refit.

Apr 02, 2019

A key psychological questionnaire for veterans about post-traumatic stress disorder was quietly rewritten late last year by Veterans Affairs Canada, CBC News has learned – a move experts say will make it harder for suffering veterans to qualify for disability benefits.

Apr 01, 2019

NATO officials are putting together the largest alliance construction project in recent memory to realize a storage site for American combat vehicles in Poland. The depot is meant to stash U.S. warfighting equipment in the eastern European nation in case a confrontation with nearby Russia becomes a possibility.

Apr 01, 2019

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) officially retired the Panavia Tornado combat aircraft from service on 1 April. The final two units operating the GR4 strike variant of the aircraft, 9 and 31 squadrons, lowered their command pennants at RAF Marham in Norfolk to mark the end of 40 years of service for the type with the UK.

Apr 01, 2019

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, speaking to reporters in a conference call Friday afternoon, said an extension to the Mali mission was not going to be granted. "We said that we would be in Mali for a year, and that's a commitment that we will keep," she said.

Apr 01, 2019

A ceremony was held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa marking the 5th anniversary of the end of Canada's mission in Afghanistan. Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance says the country is still trying to learn how best to care for those who were wounded - physically and emotionally - during the war in Afghanistan.

Mar 31, 2019

Canada’s oldest and longest-serving officer and decorated Dieppe Veteran, Honorary Colonel David Lloyd Hart, passed away on 27 March 2019, at the age of 101.

Mar 29, 2019

Military veterans will be able to get licences free of charge in Saskatchewan. The new initiative, announced by the provincial government on Thursday, is available to veterans who were honourably discharged from the Canadian Armed Forces, as long as they live in Canada.

Mar 29, 2019

From April 1-6, about 600 military vehicles from Canadian Forces Base Edmonton will be travelling to Wainwright in preparation for large scale military training exercises.

Mar 29, 2019

Canada has asked the United Nations for an extension of two weeks to decide whether to keep its peacekeepers and helicopters on the ground in Mali beyond its July 31 departure date.

Mar 29, 2019

A 60-page memo about Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's breach of trust case – written by the country's top federal bureaucrat to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – has been delivered to Norman's lawyers with its contents almost completely blacked out.

Mar 29, 2019

Canada’s foreign affairs minister says violent white supremacists and other far-right groups threaten the country's stability and should be the primary focus of the international community’s counter-terrorism efforts, including by stopping the spread of hate online.

Mar 28, 2019

The fight is on to keep a lucrative deal to build three new Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships for Royal Navy super carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales in Britain.

Mar 28, 2019

The U.S. Air Force announced on Wednesday that it has chosen Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota to be the first base to house an operational B-21 Raider, as well as the formal training unit for the new bomber that will eventually replace the B-1 and B-2 bombers.

Mar 28, 2019

The United Nations is pushing back against restrictions Canada wants to put on the use of a C-130J Hercules transport aircraft that Canada promised to deploy to Uganda as part of a larger package of pledges to the UN.

Mar 28, 2019

A $507 million SNC-Lavalin contract with DND comes up for renewal next year – when the company is expected to be on trial over corruption charges. The pending expiry of the contract sharpens the debate over whether a conviction actually would mean subjecting the company to a 10-year ban on bidding for federal contracts.

Mar 27, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told his Russian counterpart Monday that the United States “will not stand idly by” if Russia continues to send military personnel to Venezuela to prop up President Nicolás Maduro.

Mar 27, 2019

Ongoing efforts to compile a database of First World War veterans from the Bay Roberts area of Newfoundland and Labrador have hit a snag when it comes to one particular branch of the Canadian military.

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