IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Dec 03, 2018

After a fierce winter storm cut residents of Iles de la Madeleine off from the rest of the province, up to 250 CAF personnel are conducting health and welfare patrols and provide assistance to officials in the evacuation of residents if required, according to Public Safety Minister Goodale.

Dec 03, 2018

Canada's top general says the auditor general was right to flag gaps in the military's handling of sexual assault cases. Vance said he was happy that the AG's report and the military's internal analysis ended up with similar conclusions, and insisted he's not losing patience with Operation Honour just yet.

Dec 03, 2018

The Canadian Forces held a farewell for the CH-124 Sea King maritime helicopter marking its more than five decades of service, in a parade held Saturday in British Columbia.

Dec 03, 2018

New court documents show public servants discussing the risk to taxpayers as successive federal governments have turned to sole-source contracts to buy desperately needed equipment for the Canadian Forces and others.

Dec 03, 2018

Canada is being asked to renew its military training mission to Ukraine – a proposal that's taking on a whole new level of urgency as border tension ramps up with Russia.

Nov 30, 2018

Germany plans to boost its armed forces to more than 200,000 soldiers by 2025, the latest sign that Berlin is committed to rebuilding its military after decades of neglect.

Nov 30, 2018

A combined European defence force would be “out of its depth” if required to act on several fronts, a report laying bare the continent's military frailties has found.

Nov 30, 2018

“Innovation” and “force modernization” are the Pentagon buzzwords of the day. Strategies are being developed across the Department of Defense enterprise, with these concepts as the foundational pillars. Is this a flawed idea involving competing philosophies? Can the U.S. be truly innovative if it wants to rapidly modernize its force?

Nov 30, 2018

One could argue that $1 billion cost of cancelling the $15B contract is a relatively small price to pay to cleanse Canada's foreign policy of one particularly odious entanglement, says CBC's Robyn Urbach. The problem for the government is that the costs – economic and political – go well beyond that.

Nov 30, 2018

Former prime minister Stephen Harper could be dragged into the criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, as the suspended military officer's lawyers seek access to thousands of secret government documents.

Nov 29, 2018

B-Temia, a Canadian robotics tech company and leader in the human mobility market, with its partner Lockheed Martin, appointed as the prime contractor, announced its engagement in a major agreement with U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research for artificial intelligence technology for advanced exoskeleton capabilities.

Nov 29, 2018

New Zealand is barring China’s Huawei on national-security grounds from supplying equipment for next-generation mobile networks, and in doing so has become the third member of the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing alliance to take action against the huge Shenzen-based telecom-gear maker.

Nov 29, 2018

Royal Canadian Air Force personnel will hold at the Sea King retirement parade at 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron in British Columbia on Saturday.

Nov 29, 2018

The first detailed accounting of how a public servant allegedly leaked cabinet material is in 700 pages of court documents released Friday, part of VAdm Mark Norman’s lawyers’ application to the court to have the government turn over additional material they claim they need to mount his defence.

Nov 29, 2018

The last couple of weeks may go down in the Trudeau government's public record as the point when the desires of deliverology met the drawbacks of defence procurement.

Nov 28, 2018

Treasury Board has approved a pay increase for General Officers, Flag Officers, Colonels and Captains (Navy), and legal officers. This follows pay increases for lower ranks that was announced in July 2017.

Nov 28, 2018

The Trudeau government pressed ahead with its plan to buy second-hand fighter jets from Australia on Tuesday despite withering fire from the federal auditor general, who warned that the military might not have anybody to fly them.

Nov 28, 2018

A plan to lease a supply ship for the Royal Canadian Navy, now the focus of the legal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, received the blessing of the office that supports the prime minister after it determined Canada would be getting value for money on the deal.

Nov 28, 2018

The federal government's plan to award a group of companies led by Lockheed Martin Canada the contract to design and support the construction of the navy's new frigates was dealt another setback late Tuesday by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, according to CBC News.

Nov 27, 2018

The long process of choosing a design team for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) ships drew to a close this fall with the October selection – by Irving Shipbuilding (where the ships will be built) and the Government of Canada – of the Lockheed-led team of companies proposing the BAE Type-26 design. It is now on hold pending a legal review of the legality of the decision.

Nov 27, 2018

Canada joined its allies Monday in condemning Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian naval vessels near Crimea, but experts are divided on what the sharp escalation of the deadly and protracted conflict will mean.

Nov 27, 2018

The Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are continuing their annual joint search-and-destroy mission against illegal outdoor cannabis grows — another example of how the war against the plant is still alive and well, despite legalization last month.

Nov 27, 2018

The Canadian Armed Forces are packing up after completing a month-long exercise in Summerside. The aim of the exercise was to provide technical training to military engineers in Atlantic Canada to help them prepare for deployment across Canada and overseas.

Nov 27, 2018

The Victoria-class submarines were expected to reach the end of their operational lives starting in 2022. That could have been a major problem for the federal government as it is looking at planning a modernization program for the on-board systems on the class, starting in 2023 or 2024.

Nov 27, 2018

Well over 3,000 veterans waited over a year for their disability claims to be processed, reassessed or reviewed by Veterans Affairs Canada during the last budget year, according to new statistics tabled in Parliament.

Nov 26, 2018

In the wake of two tragic collisions that claimed the lives of 17 sailors in 2017, a troubling question arose: What if the U.S. Navy has forgotten how to drive its ships?

Nov 26, 2018

I take the liberty of urging anyone who cares about justice in this country, and especially those who wish also to honour our armed forces, to contribute to Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s defence fund, says Conrad Black.

Nov 26, 2018
The Ukrainian navy said Sunday that Russia’s coast guard opened fire on Ukrainian vessels in the Black Sea following a tense standoff off the coast of the Crimean Peninsula, wounding two crew members.
Nov 26, 2018

Lawyers for Vice-Admiral Mark Norman have taken aim at a key federal cabinet minister with new allegations about Treasury Board President Scott Brison’s links to the powerful Irving family and Brison’s role in the government’s plan to delay a supply-ship contract awarded to an Irving rival.

Nov 26, 2018

The oft-delayed purchase of new fighter jets is contributing to a flight of pilots out of the Air Force to the civilian sector, causing a critical shortage of skilled aviators to fly Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18s, insiders say.

Nov 23, 2018

Dozens of Canadian Armed Forces soldiers and politicians met at CFB Kingston on Thursday to announce the construction of an indoor live-fire training range that will be installed at the Joint Task Force X facility.

Nov 23, 2018

The federal government has opted to keep military pilot training in Portage la Prairie, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. Southport Airport’s 350 jobs are safe, after lobbying by Premier Brian Pallister and Conservative MPs, following months of concerns officials would consolidate training in Saskatchewan.

Nov 23, 2018

Just months after the alleged leak of cabinet confidences that led to the removal of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman as second-in-command of the Canadian Forces, police launched another investigation into a different leak of federal shipbuilding information – but gave up after discovering it had been distributed so widely throughout government and the defence industry that finding the culprit would be impossible.

Nov 23, 2018

The federal government's decision to select a group of companies led by Lockheed Martin Canada to design and support the construction of the navy's new frigates is now facing a trade challenge, on top of a Federal Court challenge filed last week.

Nov 23, 2018

Despite publicly confirming that Russia interfered in the last federal election and warning that it will doubtless try again in next year's vote, the Trudeau government won't provide any details about the alleged meddling.

Nov 22, 2018

Following the tabling of the Auditor General’s report on Canada’s fighter force, the defence minister has issued a statement saying that his department and the Canadian Armed Forces are taking several steps to address both the report’s recommendations, and concerns around Operation Honour.

Nov 22, 2018

As the federal government embarks on a much delayed and criticized quest to find a replacement for its ageing fleet of CF-18 Hornet fighter jets, Norway’s saga with the acquisition of F-35 stealth fighters offers Canada a valuable lesson.

Nov 21, 2018

Alion Canada, one of the firms involved in the $60-billion dollar procurement of Canada’s new fleet of warships, has launched a Federal Court appeal to overturn a recent decision to select Lockheed Martin as the preferred bidder.

Nov 21, 2018

Following the tabling of the Auditor General’s report on Canada’s fighter force, the defence minister has issued a statement saying that his department and the Canadian Armed Forces are taking several steps to address both the report’s recommendations, and the broader concerns around the fighter force.

Nov 21, 2018

The federal government has spent $11.8 million on legal fees relating to the Canadian Surface Combatant project over the past two years, some of that owing to a large number of amendments to the project’s request for proposals.

Nov 21, 2018

The European Union has unveiled a new batch of projects under its fledgling Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) defense pact. The new activities cover areas such as training, capability development and operational readiness on land, at sea and in the air, as well as cyber-defense.

Nov 21, 2018

Three years after the Canadian Armed Forces announced a zero-tolerance policy for sexual assault within its ranks, the federal Auditor-General says support for victims is fragmented and some members still do not feel safe in filing complaints.

Nov 20, 2018

Canada's auditor general has shot down the Liberal government's handling of the air force's aging CF-18s in a blistering report that raises questions about national security, and even long-term safety, regarding the viability of the country's frontline fighter jets.

Nov 20, 2018

A top uniformed NATO official warned Friday the European Union army concept endorsed by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel would be “duplicative” and “unwise.”

Nov 20, 2018

Six years after helping blow up the Harper government's plans to buy F-35 stealth fighters without a competition, auditor general Michael Ferguson is about to release a new report on Canada's tumultuous attempts to buy new fighter jets.

Nov 20, 2018

Former soldiers in crisis are being sent regularly to outside agencies for emergency assistance by case managers at Veterans Affairs Canada – even though the Liberal government has its own, modest relief fund.

Nov 20, 2018

Neither Canada’s top soldier nor the commander of the air force had or produced any records about a fighter jet “capability gap” in the year leading up to the Liberal government’s announcement that such a critical issue had to be dealt with by spending billions to buy aircraft.

Nov 19, 2018

Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force begin participation in CRUZEX FLIGHT 18, a multinational exercise hosted by the Brazilian Air Force.

Nov 19, 2018

The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, addressed NATO parliamentarians in Halifax today. Canada has been hosting the NATO Parliamentary Assembly's 64th Annual Session which kicked off on Friday 16th and wraps up today in Halifax.

Nov 19, 2018

New submarines won’t be part of the future mix for the Royal Canadian Navy, at least in the foreseeable future. In 2017, a Senate defence committee recommended the subs be replaced. The Commons defence committee also recently made a similar recommendation. But the Liberal government has rejected that recommendation.

Nov 19, 2018

The man who leads the Canadian Armed Forces says the military has failed to adequately integrate women and minorities, partly because it has for too long relied on an antiquated template for its recruits.

Nov 19, 2018

The greatest threats currently facing the NATO alliance are Russian aggression in and around the Ukraine and violent extremism in the Middle East, NATO deputy secretary general Rose Gottemoeller told Global News.

Nov 19, 2018

Canada's peacekeeping mission in Mali will end in July as planned, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has confirmed, saying that Canada will have fulfilled its year-long promise to head the Mali mission by July.

Nov 19, 2018

It can be a scary world out there. But Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance says there's no need to panic – at least, any more than we used to.

Nov 19, 2018

Canada;s deputy minister of defence held fast to the government's stance on defence spending on Saturday, despite some pointed questioning about Canada's commitment following her presentation before NATO's defence and security committee.

Nov 19, 2018

With a federal election less than a year away, Canada’s defence minister is warning voters they will be targeted by online cyber-attacks and fake news as Russia steps up its efforts to undermine western democracies.

Nov 16, 2018

North Korea’s state-run media announced on 16 November that the country recently conducted a test of what it described as a “newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon”: a move that comes amid stalled talks with the US over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.

Nov 16, 2018

French defense officials said they will bring requirements to the future Franco-German combat aircraft that they believe are deeply connected to the country’s sovereignty: the ability to fire nuclear weapons and operate from aboard aircraft carriers.

Nov 16, 2018

A Conservative MP has apologized to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan for a Facebook post linking a critical news report of Sajjan to affirmative action.

Nov 16, 2018

The Trudeau government is resisting a United Nations request to extend Canada's peacekeeping mission in Mali so medical evacuations can continue while replacements for Canada's personnel arrive, according to multiple sources.

Nov 16, 2018

Veterans Affairs Canada says it will expand access to Halifax's Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Hospital by making more than two dozen beds available for Allied and modern-day veterans. The decision comes in the wake of widespread outrage over news that a veteran was denied access because his wartime service wasn't with the Canadian military.

Nov 15, 2018

Canada will be hosting NATO's 64th Annual Session of the Parliamentary Assembly from 16-19 November 2018 at the Halifax Convention Centre. Parliamentarians from the 29 NATO member countries will debate and adopt resolutions on the High North, hybrid warfare, burden sharing, deterrence, trade, energy, the South, defence innovation, and Russian election meddling.

Nov 15, 2018

A survivors' group for those affected by sexual misconduct in the military says the voices of particularly vulnerable service members are being left out of a survey meant to see how prevalent inappropriate behaviour is in the ranks.

Nov 15, 2018

DND has weighed in on allegations of sexual assault involving a CFB Esquimalt. The office of Harjit Sajjan released a statement Wednesday following a story published by CTV Vancouver Island in which a civilian woman alleged she was drugged, brought to CFB Esquimalt and sexually assaulted.

Nov 15, 2018

Leonardo DRS has appointed John Baylouny as executive vice president and chief operating officer – a position that oversees the execution of program operations across all eight of the company’s business sectors.

Nov 15, 2018

Rep. Adam Smith – set to become the next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee in the new Congress – and other Democratic lawmakers said Wednesday they hope to use their party’s takeover of the House to check the Trump administration’s expansive policies toward nuclear weapons.

Nov 15, 2018

The CAF National Investigation Service has charged a female naval officer with multiple sexual assault-related offences. The charges, announced Wednesday, relate to alleged incidents during fall and winter 2017 involving other members of the CAF on board HMCS Charlottetown.

Nov 15, 2018

Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman, who has urged the government to strike a harsh blow against Gaza’s Hamas rulers, quit after the security cabinet decided to accept a truce halting a two-day flare-up of fighting in Gaza.

Nov 15, 2018

China and Russia are seeking dominance in their regions and the ability to project military power globally, as their authoritarian governments pursue defense buildups aimed squarely at the United States.

Nov 14, 2018

Canada’s special forces can’t explain how one of its commandos allegedly walked off with a generator, assault rifle parts and other equipment from its stockpile worth more than $23,000 but it has restricted the duties of the soldier in question.

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