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IN THE NEWS

Feb 22, 2019

United States President Donald Trump may be doing his best to render NATO irrelevant and certainly to undermine traditional American alliances with European allies, but Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be doing his best to save it, says David J. Bercuson.

Feb 21, 2019

Brigadier-General Andrew Downes, Surgeon General and Commander of Canadian Forces Health Services Group, has issued a statement on the recent public health notice regarding an external, third-party dental clinic in Kingston, Ontario.

Feb 21, 2019

Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia will build and integrate the low-frequency active and passive towed-array sonar system and the company's next-generation hull-mounted sonar aboard the future Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC), Ultra officials announced this week.

Feb 21, 2019

The federal government now faces four proposed class-action lawsuits over a $165 million accounting error at Veterans Affairs that shortchanged more than 250,000 former soldiers, sailors and aircrew, CBC News has learned.

Feb 20, 2019

President Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday of a resolute response if the U.S. decides to station missiles in countries neighboring Russia. He said that Russia would respond to any deployment of new intermediate-range missiles in Europe by targeting the United States itself and not just the countries where they are deployed, according to a Reuters translation.

Feb 20, 2019

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a directive centralizing all military space functions under a new Space Force, which will be overseen by the Department of the Air Force.

Feb 20, 2019

The German Defense Ministry on Wednesday said it is evaluating separate bids from NATO and Canada to buy a high-altitude surveillance drone that has been parked at a German air base for years after the cancellation of the Euro Hawk program in 2013.

Feb 20, 2019

A Steinbach, Manitoba, business owner has successfully located the family of two soldiers connected to a 102-year-old letter found in a pile of papers. Through a mixture of publicity, social media tips, interested historians and help from the Canadian military, descendants of both men — four in total — have been found.

Feb 20, 2019

The CAF has reported on Twitter that a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, currently deployed on Operation PROJECTION, experienced a hard landing on board Naval Replenishment Unit ASTERIX West of Kauai, Hawaii. No serious injuries were reported to @CanadianForces or civilian personnel during the incident.

Feb 20, 2019

Canada is facing renewed pressure to keep its military helicopters in Mali until a relief force of Romanian aircraft arrives in October. Last week, members of the all-party House of Commons defence committee heard the appeals directly from a senior UN representative and government officials in the troubled west African country.

Feb 20, 2019

Canada’s top soldier has apologized after a Facebook recruiting ad about women wearing makeup in the military drew fire for what some are calling a negative portrayal of females.

Feb 19, 2019

Pakistan responds to allegations stemming from the Pulwama attack in which nine people were killed in a Kashmir gun battle. Pakistan denies any role in the bombing, but India has accused the state of being complicit. The following letter was released from the High Commission for Pakistan on 18 February 2019.

Feb 19, 2019

The inspection of a dental clinic in Kingston, where a number of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) patients have been treated, has identified improper cleaning and sterilization of dental instruments, which could result in blood-borne infections like Hepatitis and HIV. While no such infections have been reported and the risk is considered low, the Surgeon General is taking precautions to ensure the health and safety of these CAF members.

Feb 19, 2019

One of Australia's senior military figures says the threat of cyber attacks against the nation's infrastructure and military networks is on the rise. MGen Marcus Thompson says the job of protecting Australia from serious cyber threats was only becoming more challenging.

Feb 19, 2019

British forces are to step up Arctic deployments to protect NATO's northern flank from Russia, the UK Defence Secretary has announced. He said that said the Royal Marines have launched a ten-year program that will see over a thousand troops train each year with their Norwegian counterparts, building up to a brigade-strength deployment in the near future.

Feb 19, 2019

General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, has been awarded a $37.2 million (USD) contract to deliver 60 hardware kits for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Light Armored Vehicle Reset Program.

Feb 19, 2019

Taxpayers spent $161,000 for photographers to take images of Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan on his various trips in what the Liberal government says is proof that Canada is re-engaging on the world stage.

Feb 18, 2019

Justin Trudeau's principal secretary and long-time friend has resigned amid allegations that the Prime Minister's Office interfered to prevent a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. In a statement, Butts denies accusations related to pressuring former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to help the Montreal-based engineering giant avoid a criminal case on corruption.

Feb 18, 2019

During the NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels over the weekend, Defence Minister Sajjan reiterated Canada’s unwavering commitment to the Alliance and the transatlantic bond. He also underlined Canada’s leadership on key NATO missions like the enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup and NATO Mission – Iraq.

Feb 18, 2019

Yesterday, the Royal Canadian Air Force marked the arrival of the first two interim fighter aircraft from Australia. These first two are the single-seat F/A-18A model. They were flown to Cold Lake, Alberta, from Nellis, Nevada, where they were participating in Exercise RED FLAG.

Feb 18, 2019

Just two days after resigning as Minister of Veterans Affairs, Jody Wilson-Raybould was still keeping up with plans to visit with veterans. Last Thursday, she visited the George Derby Centre, a senior care centre located in Burnaby, B.C., to help distribute Valentine’s Day cards made by students. The visit was planned while she was still in office.

Feb 16, 2019

Canadian companies are set to vie for attention and contracts as one of the world’s largest military trade shows kicks off this weekend in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. FrontLine interviews CADSI President Christyn Cianfarani at IDEX.

Feb 15, 2019

Australia has been selected to provide maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade for a significantly larger number of components for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleets in the Asia-Pacific region.

Feb 15, 2019

The Russian parliament has approved a second draft of a bill to ban service members from carrying certain electronic devices and sharing information about their units, movements and activities with journalists or in posts on social media.

Feb 15, 2019

The U.S. Air Force stripped its first-ever female commander of the F-16 Viper demonstration team of her position two weeks after she was appointed. Col. Derek O’Malley said he removed Capt. Zoe Kotnik from her post as commander and pilot because he had “lost confidence in her ability to lead the team.”

Feb 15, 2019

Prosecutors say a man found not criminally responsible in a knife attack at a Toronto military recruitment centre should not be allowed to take college classes on his own.

Feb 15, 2019

As part of a collaboration with small island developing states, four Canadian fishery officers were a part of patrols around Fiji and the island nations of Kiribati, Tokelau, Vanuatu, and Tuvalu for two weeks in January, working on a U.S. Coast Guard vessel out of Honolulu and an RCAF Aurora maritime patrol aircraft in Nadi, Fiji.

Feb 15, 2019

Wounded and injured soldiers – both serving and retired – have been given the option of postponing the filing of disability claims until after the Liberal government's pension-for-life plan is implemented on April 1, CBC News has learned.

Feb 14, 2019

The owner of a Steinbach antique shop and cafe is on a mission to find descendants of a soldier who wrote a letter 102 years ago. The letter, addressed to a Selkirk woman, describes in detail how the woman's brother saved the writer in the Battle of Vimy Ridge during the First World War.

Feb 14, 2019

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg wrapped up two days of important discussions between Allied Defence Ministers in Brussels today. Ministers discussed arms control, current operations and missions, burden-sharing, and European defence. The Secretary General described the Alliance as “in good shape” as its approaches its 70th anniversary in Washington in April.

Feb 14, 2019

A shortage of sailors is making it hard for the RCN to operate its ships and work on replacing them at the same time, according to a senior naval officer. The revelation by Commodore Steve Waddell, head of naval strategic readiness, follow similar concerns from the RCAF about the difficult choices it is facing thanks to a shortage of experienced pilots.

Feb 14, 2019

An international dispute between Canada and Saudi Arabia is holding up hundreds of millions of dollars in armoured-vehicle payments that were promised to U.S. defence giant General Dynamics, executives disclosed recently in a call with investors.

Feb 14, 2019

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, issued a CANFORGEN announcing the list of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) General and Flag Officer senior appointments, promotions, and retirements that will occur in 2019.

Feb 14, 2019

second public official has been charged over the alleged leak of cabinet secrets related to the $700-million naval shipbuilding contract that is also at the heart of the case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.

Feb 13, 2019

St. John's Dockyard Ltd. in Newfoundland has been awarded a $10-million vessel life extension contract for the Hudson, a 56-year-old Canadian Coast Guard ship. The coast guard is hoping to squeeze another five or even 10 years out of the Nova Scotia-based offshore oceanographic science vessel that was built in 1963.

Feb 13, 2019

The Pentagon is investing tens of millions of dollars into new cyber training centers, which comes as the American military has pledged to take more offensive operations in cyberspace.

Feb 13, 2019

A free Veteran Family Program called Mental Health First Aid will be offered in Prince George, BC, this weekend, geared for medically-released veterans, family members and anyone who provides services to them. More than 700 military and veteran families live in Prince George.

Feb 13, 2019

The commander of North America’s missile warning system is urging Canada and the United States to get on with upgrading the continent’s defences in the face of threats unmatched since the Cold War.

Feb 13, 2019

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada says it never sought or received instructions from the government over the breach-of-trust case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.

Feb 12, 2019

Jody Wilson-Raybould – the former justice minister who has kept largely silent since a news report claimed the Prime Minister's Office pressured her to help Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution – has quit the Liberal cabinet. She resigned as Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.

Feb 12, 2019

The UK defence secretary has announced plans to make more from his stretched budget by converting ferries into two Royal Marine strike ships and by buying and reconfiguring commercial drones for the Royal Air Force to swarm enemy defences.

Feb 12, 2019

A Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a man who said he was sexually abused when he was a teenager attending cadet camp in Nova Scotia nearly five decades ago. The man had sued DND over what happened at cadet camp in Greenwood, N.S., in 1970.

Feb 12, 2019

Nearly two years ago, volunteers, military members, and the coast guard met in northern Manitoba for what would be their last roundtable meeting on SAR in the Arctic. Supporters of the Northern Search and Rescue Roundtable still aren't sure what happened next – but say the disappearance of the meetings has led to confusion and wasted resources.

Feb 12, 2019

The PMO is at the centre of a new row over allegations of politically interfering in a prosecution. The legal team for VAdm Mark Norman are demanding that redacted notes taken in meetings between Crown prosecutors and government lawyers from the PCO be fully disclosed so defence lawyers can determine whether political interference took place.

Feb 11, 2019

France’s Naval Group and Australia today signed a $35 billion contract to build 12 Attack-class submarines for the Australian navy. Negotiations over the ownership of technology and details of the industrial partnership had been underway since Australia selected the French group in April 2016 as its preferred bidder over Japanese and German offers.

Feb 11, 2019

Twenty-five years after one of Africa’s most grisly conflicts, many know the story of how the world didn’t stop it in time. But Canadians’ work in rebuilding was a quiet success – and veterans are organizing to make sure they are recognized.

Feb 11, 2019

A shortage of experienced pilots is forcing the Royal Canadian Air Force to walk a delicate line between keeping enough seasoned aviators available to train new recruits and lead missions in the air, says RCAF commander LGen Al Meinzinger.

Feb 11, 2019

Canada's $227-million fleet of mid-shore coast guard vessels are rolling "like crazy" at sea, making crews seasick and keeping some ships in port during weather conditions where they should be able to operate, CBC News has learned.

Feb 11, 2019

Recent Russian moves in the Arctic have renewed debate over that country’s intentions and Canada’s own status at the top of the world. The newspaper Izvestia reported late last month that Russia’s military will resume fighter patrols to the North Pole for the first time in 30 years.

Feb 08, 2019

33 Canadian Brigade Group HQ to deploy for an exercise in Nepean region from February 8 to 11, 2019.

Feb 08, 2019

The U.S. Navy sought to spark interest in STEM + Art through LEGO Shipbuilding lessons at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum.

Feb 08, 2019

Despite concerns of some Cape Breton residents, DND is reporting that exhaustive historical reviews and area searches have not uncovered any information to indicate chemical or conventional munitions were ever dumped in Bras d'Or Lake.

Feb 08, 2019

The Government of Canada officially announced today that it has officially selected Lockheed Martin Canada for the design of 15 new Canadian Surface Combatants that will be built at Irving Shipbuilding’s Halifax Shipyard.

Feb 07, 2019

According to Globe & Mail protected sources, Jody Wilson-Raybould was pushed out of the Justice portfolio for her unwillingness to press the public prosecution office to abandon the court proceedings against SNC-Lavalin. This allegation was denied by the PMO.

Feb 07, 2019

It didn’t take long following the US announcement that the country would suspend its participation in the INF treaty for Russia to move in kind. Now, freed of its obligations under the 1987 treaty, Moscow is wasting no time in developing new, once-prohibited weapons systems.

Feb 07, 2019

Canada is an attractive target for malicious cyber operations and is often one of the first countries criminals and hostile nations target with new methods, a cyber security expert and former CIA analyst told a House of Commons committee Wednesday.

Feb 07, 2019

HMCS Regina, accompanied by Naval Replenishment Unit Asterix, departed its homeport of Esquimalt today for a deployment to the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. The ships will initially support Operation PROJECTION working with partner navies and conducting key leader engagements to enhance military cooperation and partnerships in support of Canada’s diplomatic efforts in the Asia-Pacific region.

Feb 07, 2019

The Liberal government is pushing ahead to try to get the Canadian Surface Combatant deal signed with Irving and the Lockheed Martin-BAE consortium either Thursday or Friday, sources say.

Feb 07, 2019

Over the next year, the top-secret National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians plans to probe the threat foreign interference poses to Canada, and examine how the military collects and uses information about Canadians.

Feb 06, 2019

Seaspan has selected Lockheed Martin Canada’s modern Command Management System (CMS 330) for the future Protecteur-Class Joint Support Ships (JSS).

Feb 06, 2019

The federal Conservative national defence and global security critics are going to Kelowna, BC, to hold a public town hall meeting. The public is invited to attend, ask questions and provide feedback about issues surrounding Canada’s national defence and global security, or any other federal issue, say organizers.

Feb 06, 2019

The Liberal government has decided to pull out all the stops on the construction of the navy's planned permanent supply ships – a move that's raised questions about how quickly the Canadian Coast Guard will get a critical oceanographic science vessel.

Feb 06, 2019

The RCAF is hoping to buy new drones within six years after spending nearly two decades weighing different options. The CAF has been working since the early 2000s to find unmanned aerial vehicles that can conduct surveillance over Canada's vast territory and support overseas missions.

Feb 06, 2019

Jody Thomas, the deputy minister at the Department of National Defence, who took part in two RCMP briefings on the Vice-Admiral Mark Norman case, has admitted to not taking any notes about what was discussed during those briefings.

Feb 05, 2019

The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has confirmed to Jane’s 360 its plans to pursue a “Japan-led” program to develop a next-generation fighter aircraft that will replace its Mitsubishi F-2 multirole combat platform in the 2030s.

Feb 05, 2019

Finland’s HX-FP multirole fighter replacement program has advanced to the next stage, as five aircraft manufacturers have tendered their proposals to the Finnish Defence Forces’ Logistics Command office. The proposals include preliminary quotations on cost.

Feb 05, 2019

A Quebec shipyard accused of being on the receiving end of leaks in the criminal case involving Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was mistakenly given a series of secret cabinet documents last summer, according to CBC News.

Feb 04, 2019

Canada would oppose U.S. military intervention in an increasingly tense Venezuela and is pushing for a peaceful transition to democracy with new presidential elections, the federal government says.

Feb 04, 2019

The Department of National Defence is investing in defence research and development to produce innovative solutions to surveillance challenges facing the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF), particularly in Canada’s North.

Feb 04, 2019

Last Friday, the Goverment of Canada announced the award of two contracts valued at $186 million to General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada to upgrade and maintain underwater sensors installed in the modernized Halifax-class frigates.

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