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IN THE NEWS

Jun 28, 2022

Every branch of the U.S. all-volunteer military is said to be falling short of 2022 recruiting goals as record low percentages of eligible individuals are either unwilling to serve or even to consider the idea. A former senior officer says the military has not had such a hard time signing recruits since the U.S. pulled out of Vietnam in 1973 and ended the draft.

Jun 28, 2022

Less than a month after being appointed Australia’s Minister for International Development & Pacific, Pat Conroy announced today that his country will set up a school to train Pacific island militaries amidst mounting competition for security ties in the region. He disclosed the plan ahead of a forum in Fiji at which regional leaders are expected to press for a trade and security pact with 10 countries which have diplomatic ties to China.

Jun 28, 2022

LIFT Airborne Technologies, headquartered in Los Angeles, has received USAF approval to develop a prototype helmet for all fixed-wing aircrew. Still facing additional research and testing, the new gear is expected to replace 1980s helmets which have become increasingly heavy with add-ons that cause neck-muscle strain compounded by G forces.

Jun 28, 2022

MGen Kevin Kennedy, nominated a month ago by President Joe Biden as head of the U.S. Air Force’s information warfare branch, has been confirmed by the Senate in the latest move in a shuffling of cybersecurity leadership. He commands the 16th Air Force, an amalgam of cyber, electronic warfare, intelligence and weather disciplines.

Jun 28, 2022

The French Army expects to start taking delivery next year of a medical evacuation version of Nexter Industries’ Griffon multi-role armored vehicle, which has been in production since 2019 by Nexter, Arquus, and Thales for other missions. France expects to procure 1,872 Griffons overall by 2030 as replacements for its legacy VAB carriers

Jun 27, 2022

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his counterparts from Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.S., today pledged ongoing support for Ukraine. “We will continue to provide financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support and stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes,” they said in a statement on the second day of their G7 summit in Germany which also included EU representatives.

Jun 27, 2022

A problem with the ejection parachute timer in the CT-114 Tutors flown by the RCAF’s iconic Snowbirds flight demonstration team has grounded the Moose Jaw-based fleet indefinitely. Routine maintenance disclosed the problem which requires retesting and repacking by a contractor with no timeline for resumption of operations.

Jun 27, 2022

Plans for a nearly eight-fold increase in NATO’s Rapid Reaction force nearly to 300,000 troops were disclosed today by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as aliance leaders prepared to a summit in Madrid. Canadian Defence Minister Anita Alliance confirmed in late March that Canada has up to 3,400 personnel ready to participate in an expanded RRF that Stoltenberg called “the biggest overhaul of collective defence and deterrence since the Cold War.”

Jun 27, 2022

U.S. Army Gen Christopher Cavoli will succeed USAF Gen Tod Wolters as NATO Supreme Allied Commander, effective July 1. After four years of leading U.S. Army Europe and Africa, he takes over as Russia’s war on Ukraine continues to undermine decades of security on the continent. Wolters also and welcomes potential NATO membership for Finland and Sweden, saying each would bring “quite a bit of capability and capacity to the alliance.”

Jun 27, 2022

The Royal Canadian Navy frigates Kingston and Summerside left Halifax June 26 on a three-month deployment to Op Reassurance, Canada’s long-standing commitment to NATO’s regional security operation in the Baltic region. “They will participate in exercises and mine countermeasure removal and destruction,” said Capt Julian Elbourne, calling it “probably one of the most important missions we have right now." HMCS Halifax and Montreal are currently deployed.

Jun 27, 2022

The French Army wants to buy U.S. loitering munitions, specifically the Switchblade developed by Virginia-based AeroVironment, within six months as part as part of a long-term push to field remotely operated weapon. The U.S. had already announced plans to supply Ukraine with the munition as part of military aid in response to Russia’s invasion.

Jun 27, 2022

South Korea’s Hanwha Corp. and Norway’s Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on developing an infantry fighting vehicle and a long-range precision fires system. The companies, including Hanwha’s division in Australia, which have already fulfilled several Australian procurements, are responding to similar Norwegian Defence Material Agency plans.

Jun 27, 2022

Without offering any potential solutions and continuing to avoid criticizing Russia, Chinese President Xi Jinping says Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “has again sounded the alarm for humanity” in that countries which place” blind faith in their positions of strength, expand military alliances, and seek their own safety at the expense of others” will face ongoing “security hardships.”

Jun 27, 2022

The European Union’s top diplomat says a “long and positive” weekend meeting with Iran’s foreign minister has set the stage for a resumption of stall nuclear negotiations. Josep Borrell, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Nuclear Policy, said new talks would focus on “resolving the last outstanding issues” which include U.S. sanctions.

Jun 24, 2022

A €2 billion deal signed at the Berlin Air Show will see Spain acquire 2 0 Eurofighter Typhoons to replace some of its legacy fleet of Boeing F-18 Hornets. The June 23 deal with Airbus Defence and Space will boost the country’s Eurofighter fleet to 90.

Jun 24, 2022

An influential member of the House of Representatives, New Jersey Democrat Donald Norcross, plans to collaborate with Republicans in proposing stiffer “Buy American” requirements in draft defence legislation. If successful, it would legislate an executive order signed by President Joe Biden. A former labor leader, Norcross chairs the Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee.

Jun 24, 2022

Microsoft reports that state-backed Russian hackers have engaged in “strategic espionage” against governments, think tanks, businesses and aid groups in 42 countries which have sided with Ukraine against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s so-called “special military operation.” Nearly two-thirds of the targets have been NATO members, notably the U.S. and Poland, and the hackers’ activities have included unrelenting cyberattacks against Ukraine.

Jun 24, 2022

Deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been moved from house arrest to solitary confinement in prison. Having spent 15 years under house arrest after an earlier coup and then overthrown by the military in February 2021, the 77-year-old Nobel laureate was sentenced to 11 years on charges widely condemned as spurious.

Jun 24, 2022

Additional medium-range missile systems are part of the latest U.S. military aid for Ukraine. The $450-million package was announced today, a week after $1 billion military aid was confirmed. Ukrainian leader has repeatedly asked for the more advanced, precision rocketry to better fight their Russian invaders.

Jun 23, 2022

Overlapping Greek and Turkish territorial claims in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean islands have rekindled a long-running dispute. Turkey has condemned what it says is its NATO ally’s “militarization” of some islands close to the Turkish mainland.

Jun 23, 2022

The centrist government of French President Emmanuel is trying to avoid political paralysis after losing its parliamentary majority to influential right- and left-wing parties in last weekend’s election. The government now is focusing on building a “working majority’ through a coalition or alliances with individuals in the other parties.

Jun 23, 2022

Having already commissioned two Soviet-era aircraft carriers, China opted for domestic design of its third, the Fujian, now undergoing seat trials. Among other things, the conventionally-powered vessel features a state-of-the art electromagnetic launch system which not only enables it to launch aircraft faster but also extends their mission time and range.

Jun 22, 2022

Defence Minister Anita Anand says Canada will spend $4.9 billion over the next six years to modernize continental defence, covering some 40 per cent of the anticipated cost of upgrading NORAD with the U.S. accounting for the balance. “NORAD has continually adapted and evolved in response to new threats,” she said Jan. 20, adding that Canada’s total investment in continental and northern defence willtop $40 billion over the next two decades.

Jun 22, 2022

Washington state has declined to appeal a judicial ban on U.S. Navy SEAL teams or other military personnel training in state parks. A contentious permit process could have seen the practice expanded by the State Parks and Recreation Commission in January 2021 but suspended in response to an environmental lobby. Judge James Dixon found that the commission lacked the statutory authority and had failed to adequately consider the environmental impact of training.

Jun 22, 2022

President Joe Biden’s administration is aligning itself more closely with an international treaty against the use of anti-personnel landmines. Reversing a more-permissive policy of the former administration, the June 21 announcement says their use would still be permitted in South Korea as a deterrent to invasion by its northern neighbour.

Jun 21, 2022

The application for NATO membership by Finland and Sweden remains a work in progress due to concerns that the Nordic neighbours have been havens for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has been labelled a “terrorist” organization. Turkey’s presidential spokesman said June 20 that discussions have been “constructive” but more work is needed.

Jun 17, 2022

Does Russia prefer cruise missiles over ballistic when targeting Ukrainian air force and ground based air defence assets? Are they now going against the UN Convention and using cluster munitions? Israeli missile expert comments on Russia's targeting tactics in Ukraine. One thing is clear, either equal destruction of Ukraine assets, infrastructure, and lives.

Jun 12, 2022

Lockheed Martin has confirmed the successful completion of contracted Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) obligations – valued at just over $425 million – associated with three Canadian programs. A total of 93 Canadian businesses, colleges and universities benefited from their inclusion in these programs.

Jun 10, 2022

Defence Minister Anita Anand announced today that 229 new cutting edge multi-calibre bolt-action sniper rifles are on their way to the Canadian Army. This successful procurement milestone represents the final major piece of Canada’s Sniper Systems project. The contract, valued at $2.6 million was awarded to Stoeger Canada.

Jun 08, 2022

In addition to numerous modernization and digitization approvals, India's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has accorded the "Acceptance of Necessity" classification for the procurement of eight next-gen corvettes for the Indian Navy.

Jun 06, 2022

Following recent complaints by Canada and Australia that Chinese warplanes engaged in risky manoeuvres with their patrol aircraft over the Pacific, China defended its military pilots today, saying they acted properly and were protecting its sovereignty. Last week, the Canadian military accused Chinese planes of not following international safety norms and putting a Canadian crew at risk on several occasions.

Jun 05, 2022

Australia has reported that a Chinese fighter jet carried out dangerous maneuvers threatening the safety of one of its maritime surveillance planes over the South China Sea, on May 26, forcing it to return to the base. Australia's Defence Minister said the Chinese J-16 flew very close to the Australian plane and released flares and chaff that were ingested by the engines of the P8-A Poseidon aircraft.

Jun 04, 2022

Saudi Arabia has expressed its interest in the immediate purchase of some Israeli made air defence systems. According to an Israeli senior defence source there are advanced negotiations about some of the systems. In recent weeks, media coverage of Israel's ties with Saudi Arabia has increased ahead of US President Biden's possible visit to Saudi Arabia during his Middle East visit in late June.

Jun 02, 2022

Canada's military has accused Chinese warplanes of harassing its patrol aircraft as they monitor North Korea sanction evasions, forcing Canada's CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft to avoid a potential collision on several occasions.

May 31, 2022

Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) Te Mana began the long voyage home today after completing modernization at Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards in British Columbia.

May 31, 2022

Adapting to the challenges of modern air warfare, air defence systems, such as the BARAK MX from IAI, provide optimized coverage against all known threats including from manned or unmanned aircraft, missiles, or loitering weapons.

May 19, 2022

The Royal Canadian Navy announced the selection of Ms. Shannon Bernays as the Ship’s Sponsor for the third Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), the future HMCS Max Bernays, which was named after her grandfather. Chief Petty Officer Max Bernays was a Canadian naval hero who served as the Coxswain of HMCS Assiniboine during the Second World War’s Battle of the Atlantic.

May 15, 2022

Historically neutral Finland and Sweden confirmed today that they will apply for NATO membership, a political shift prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Finland, which shares a 1,300km border with Russia, announced its decision first and was followed within hours by Sweden. Russia has threatened unspecific “consequences.”

May 13, 2022

A legal battle over upgrades to a pair of New Zealand frigates in Canada evidently isn’t about to be resolved any time soon while the Attorney General documents to address potential national security concerns. New Zealand contracted for the work in 2014 with Lockheed Martin Canada, which subcontracted elements to Seaspan Shipyards in Victoria. Reciprocal lawsuits effectively delayed the project to the point where one ship was delivered nine months late in December 2020 while the other remains at Seaspan’s yard.

May 13, 2022

North Korea fired three short-range ballistic missiles May 12 in the latest of a series of demonstrations. They fell into the sea outside Japan’s economic management zone.

May 13, 2022

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today his country is “not of a favourable option” about the prospect of NATO membership for Finland and Sweden, but he stopped short of saying that he would exercise Turkey’s veto. He cited, among other things, alleged Scandinavian support for Kurdish militants and other groups Turkey sees as terrorists.

May 13, 2022

Russian forces have added cluster munitions to their indiscriminate invasion of Ukraine to horrendous effect against the civilian population. The weapons ostensibly are prohibited by a 2010 international treaty but Russia and Ukraine are among a few countries which have not ratified the accord.

May 13, 2022

A Canadian Armed Forces general officer and six staff officers are being assigned to NATO’s Multinational Division North Headquarters in Latvia, Prime Minster Justin Trudeau announced May 12 after a meeting with his Latvian counterpart, Krišjānis Kariņš. “They’ll be part of a first-of-its-kind unit in the northern Baltic Sea region to help plan, coordinate and integrate regional military activities that will serve as a continued and important part of our enhancements to NATO’s defence and deterrence capabilities,” Trudeau said. Canada has already deployed nearly 700 soldiers there as part of Operation Reassurance’s Forward Presence Battle Group.

May 13, 2022

With Finland’s parliament expected to formally approve a request for NATO membership, a decision expected to be matched by Sweden this weekend, Russia’s foreign ministry said today there is a threat to security and stability in northern Europe. “Russia will be forced to take retaliatory steps, both of a military-technical and other nature,” it added without being specific.

May 13, 2022

The European Union is giving Ukraine another €500 million to buy heavy weapons to fend off the Russian invasion, the bloc's foreign policy head said today against the backdrop of a G-7 meeting in Germany. Also, Canada and the other bloc members are planning to examine how to gain access to millions of tonnes of globally-critical grain in the besieged country.

May 12, 2022

Marine Corps snipers are getting set to adopt a new bolt-action rifle which gives them the choice of three calibres while reducing the need for two weapons. USMC Command said today that the Barrett Mk22 Mod 0 has nearly completed testing before being issued next year. The Army previously announced that it had opted for the Mk22.

May 12, 2022

With near-peer warfare back on the agenda, U.S. special operators are focusing on environments where they are highly likely to find themselves engaged, notably in the Arctic. Members from across the community recently spent nearly a month training in Alaska alongside conventional forces and local, state, and federal law-enforcement personnel.

May 12, 2022

A 21-year-old Russian conscript will be the focus of Ukraine’s first war crimes trial arising from a shooting four days after Russia’s invasion began Feb. 24. Kyiv’s top prosecutor said Vadim Shyshimarin is accused of killing an unarmed elderly civilian on a bicycle to prevent him from reporting the troops’ presence.

May 12, 2022

A report released by two think-tanks May 11 states that senior government officials feel they are ill-equipped to gather evidence for policy advice and that they seem afraid to tell politicians the hard truths when evidence is found. The conclusions are based on mid-pandemic interviews with 42 senior bureaucrats and 2,355 public servants in various departments and agencies.

May 12, 2022

A five-member Mississippi-based USAF crew has been disciplined for “abuse of government assets” after diverting their Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules transport to pick up a member’s personal motorcycle in March. The crew were grounded in California after the incident came to light, necessitating deployment of a second crew to collect the aircraft and its original crew.

May 12, 2022

The president and prime minister of historically non-aligned Finland today announced their support for the nation to apply for NATO membership, setting the stage for a parliamentary vote within a few days. There has been a dramatic shift in public support for the decision due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and similarly neutral Sweden is expected to follow suit.

May 11, 2022

Seventeen years after a previous Liberal government rejected participation in the U.S. ballistic missile defence system, Defense Minister Anita Anand says Canada is re-examining the possibility. “We are certainly taking a full and comprehensive look at that question as well as what it takes to defend the continent across the board,” she said May 10. “We are leaving no stone unturned in this major review.”

May 11, 2022

A Republican Senator from Alaska expressed exasperation about Canada’s defence spending May 10 when a congressional committee was considering more funding for Ukraine. Having asked witnesses whether they have seen allies stepping up, Dan Sullivan said “we still have NATO allies, Canada one, who just freeload. And it's getting a little tiring.”

May 10, 2022

The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine says thousands more civilians have been died than the official toll of 3,351 killed during nearly 11 weeks of war against Russian. The head of the mission, Matilda Bogner, who has 56 monitors on the ground, said today that most deaths are the result of weapons with a wide impact area.

May 10, 2022

The Chinese government was angered when Penpa Tsering, a member of the Tibet administration appeared in front of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development to discuss political and human rights issues. “China requires Canada to immediately stop interfering in China’s domestic affairs over Xizang (Tibet)-related issues," said an embassy spokesperson, claiming Tsering is "engaged in anti-China separatist activities.”

May 10, 2022

Cadets graduating May 19 from Royal Military College plan to use the spring convocation ceremony to honour the memory of four classmates who died April 29 when their vehicle plunged into the St. Lawrence River from a promontory on the sprawling campus.

May 10, 2022

With Russia’s invasion well into its third month, the U.S. is trying to figure out how best to supply weapons and train Ukrainian troops. Hundreds have either completed or are undergoing training on an array of weapons and a Pentagon official says the challenge is not to “overload their system” by delivering more than the Ukrainians can handle.

May 09, 2022

As the U.S. sends Javelin anti-tank missiles from its military stockpiles to support Ukraine’s fight against Russian invaders, Lockheed Martin aims to nearly double production at the Alabama plant it operates with Raytheon Technologies. Current annual output of the weapons, each of which contains 250 microprocessors, is 2,100 but LM CEO Jim Taiclet said May 8 the goal is 4,000, which will require its supply chain to “crank up.”

May 09, 2022

In a “Victory Day” speech in Moscow today, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered his military no clues as to how much longer his invasion of Ukraine, which began Feb. 24, would last. He reiterated his unsubstantiated claim that the “special military operation” was an unavoidable preemptive move against plans for a NATO-backed Ukrainian invasion of lands he said were historically Russian.

May 08, 2022

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met today in Ukraine with his embattled counterpart, Volodomyr Zelenskyy, even as Russia was stepping up its invasion in some regions. Among other things, Trudeau promised more military assistance and announced more economic sanctions as well as financial support for the World Food Program, saying that “we will continue to do whatever is necessary to stand with Ukraine.”

May 08, 2022

U.S. First Lady Jill Biden met her Ukrainian counterpart, Olena Zelenska, met in Ukraine on Mother’s Day, Zelenska's first public appearance since Russian began invading her country Feb. 24. Biden’s visit coincided with a U.S. announcement of more sanctions against not only Russia but also neighbouring Belarus, where its autocratic leader has been openly supportive of Vladimir Putin.

May 08, 2022

Is Canada's space industry optimally positioned to maximize opportunities and ensure a competitive edge in the face of expanding markets? AIAC's Space Future event will tackle this and other questions relevant to the very real future of space.

May 08, 2022

As a general election looms May 21 in Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today that his government would work with its allies to ensure that China does not set up a rumoured military base in the Solomon Islands. China’s growing Pacific presences has been a hot issue in the election campaign and Morrison has warned that a base in the Solomons would be crossing a “red line.”

May 07, 2022

Former Chief of the Defence Staff Jonathan Vance, who pled guilty in March to obstruction of justice in connection with a sexual misconduct investigation, has voluntarily returned his Order of Military Merit.

May 06, 2022

The Department of National Defence said May 5 that two men wanted in Thailand for the murder in February of a man linked to gangs in B.C. had both served in the Canadian Armed Forces. Police say Gene Lahrkamp and Matthew Dupre fled to Canada, where Dupre, who had served in Afghanistan, was arrested. Meanwhile, Lahrkamp has been identified as one four persons killed in the recent crash of a small aircraft in northwestern Ontario.

May 06, 2022

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's recent comments about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's Jewish identity and “Nazis” in his government resulted in a flood of international dismay and outrage. Even so, one analysis feels that an examination of Lavrov’s “reckless” rationale is worthwhile.

May 06, 2022

Boeing confirmed May 5 that it relocating its global headquarters to the Washington “suburb” of Arlington, Va., from Chicago, but will maintain a significant presence in Illinois. The corporation’s three business units will remain in current locations.

May 06, 2022

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said May 5 that he did not expect Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to “drag on this way” and that he was doing “everything” he could to stop the war. A staunch ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the autocratic Belarusian leader accused Ukraine and the U.S. of fueling the conflict.

May 06, 2022

The U.S. Administration said May 5 that it is confident it can address any security concerns Sweden and Finland may have if they apply for NATO membership and before they are accepted by the current 30 members. Both countries have expressed concern about vulnerability to Russian aggression during the application process, which could begin this month and take up to a year.

May 06, 2022

Having reversed a long-standing policy of not sending heavy weapons to war zones, Germany will deliver seven self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine. Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said today that the combat-proven 155mm Panzerhaubitze 2000, capable of hitting targets at 40km, will be drawn from Bundeswehr inventory.

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