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IN THE NEWS

Feb 04, 2019

The United States will no longer abide by its nuclear arms agreement with Russia and will be removing itself from the treaty in six months if Russia doesn’t come back into its compliance, but Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said it’s too early to think about what the ripple effects could be for Canada.

Feb 01, 2019

Germany’s Ministry of Defence has officially ruled out the F-35 joint strike fighter as a choice to replace its aging Tornado fleet. An official from the ministry confirmed that the F-35 is not a finalist in the competition, which seeks a replacement for the 90-jet fleet.

Feb 01, 2019

Several major government figures at the centre of the criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman have not searched their personal email and phones for correspondence relevant to the case, despite the instructions of court-ordered subpoenas.

Jan 31, 2019

In a move outside of its normal budgeting cycle directly aimed at the question of burden-sharing with allies, Denmark has agreed to increase its long-term defence spending.

Jan 31, 2019

Canada is being forced to shoulder a bigger share of the costs of developing F-35 fighter jets even though it has not decided whether it will actually buy any. Each of the nine partner countries in the project is required to cover a portion of the stealth fighter's multi-billion-dollar development costs to stay at the table.

Jan 31, 2019

NATO's chief is calling on China to treat two Canadians detained in the country "fairly and with due process." In his first public comments about the case, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said today that he was following their case "with concern."

Jan 31, 2019

Canada’s top soldier says he kept no records of discussions he had with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other senior political officials after he moved to suspend Vice-Admiral Mark Norman from duty.

Jan 30, 2019

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Department of National Defence (DND) participated in a panel discussion for Bell Let’s Talk Day at the Canadian Forces Base Halifax.

Jan 30, 2019

The Boss. MN3. C34. The Kraken. Those are some of the “codenames” that officials at the Department of National Defence used to refer to Vice-Admiral Mark Norman in internal communications, a court heard as the suspended military officer’s pre-trial resumed Tuesday.

Jan 30, 2019

United States intelligence officials and politicians are escalating their fight against Chinese espionage in the wake of two wide-ranging indictments of Huawei Technologies Co. and they’re calling for American allies to join the battle.

Jan 30, 2019

Scott Brison, the veteran Nova Scotia MP and former Treasury Board president who resigned from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet earlier this month, has brought his own lawyer to a hearing in Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s criminal case in a bid to protect his privacy and his reputation.

Jan 29, 2019

Switzerland is to evaluate five potential aircraft types to replace its ageing fighter fleets, the country’s Armasuisse defence procurement agency announced late last week.

Jan 29, 2019

A new low-yield nuclear warhead, created at the behest of the Trump administration, has officially entered production. The first production unit of the W76-2 warhead is underway at the Pantax Plant in Texas, according to a statement from the National Nuclear Security Agency.

Jan 29, 2019

The Canadian Forces‘ top judge is set to be tried in a court martial this spring that will be overseen by his own deputy, in a case that is shaping up as a test for the military’s judicial system.

Jan 29, 2019

About 20 Canadian Armed Forces members suffered frostbite, and some required hospitalization, following a military training session near Petawawa, Ont., held earlier this month in extremely cold weather.

Jan 29, 2019

It’s a doomsday 1969 game: Cities will be vaporized and millions will be annihilated unless you act fast to stop it all. That is the premise behind an escape room game now being developed inside a decommissioned nuclear fallout shelter an hour’s drive north of Halifax in the rural community of Debert.

Jan 29, 2019

Incidents such as the alleged attempt to withhold records in the VAdm Mark Norman case and another where senior military officers are accused of hiding documents requested under the law are simply mistakes and should not be seen as an indictment of Canadian Forces or Defence department values, those organizations say.

Jan 28, 2019

Coalition warplanes will no longer turn to the Canadian military for mid-air fill ups over Iraq and Syria. The CAF is bringing home its Polaris air-to-air refuelling plane, closing to one of Canada's longest contributions to the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Jan 28, 2019

Bell Helicopter Textron Canada will start the process to upgrade and extend the operating life of the Canadian Forces Griffon helicopter fleet with initial work needed to determine how to proceed with technology improvements.

Jan 28, 2019

A project to measure energy consumption on Canadian military bases could eventually result in savings of tens of millions of dollars. That's the hope of DND, which is having "smart" energy meters installed at 46 buildings across the country, including nine at CFB Halifax.

Jan 28, 2019

Military authorities say U.S. Air Force and Canadian fighter jets were scrambled to escort two Russian bombers that were travelling near the North American coastline on the weekend.

Jan 28, 2019

The news that senior officers at National Defence headquarters are hiding documents requested under the Access to Information law is like a journey into the past for journalists who have covered the Canadian Forces over the decades, says veteran defence writer David Pugliese.

Jan 28, 2019

The Canadian Forces did not investigate the 2017 leak of a letter from the country’s top soldier removing Vice Admiral Mark Norman from his job because it doesn’t consider the unauthorized release of the document as a breach of security.

Jan 25, 2019

Britain's MI6 has launched a new recruitment drive on Google and YouTube so as not to miss out on potential employees that might switch channels from a TV advertisement. The new advertisement, launched yesterday, says being a spy is 'not about finding the button for the ejector seat'.

Jan 25, 2019

CFB Goose Bay has a new museum to highlight its storied history in Labrador. The base has been in operation for nearly 78 years and was originally built as a staging area for Canadian and American aircraft heading to Britain during the Second World War.

Jan 25, 2019

A top U.S. State Department official acknowledged Thursday that the U.S. government shutdown will have an impact on U.S. weapon sales, with potential long-term ramifications on sales totals for the year.

Jan 25, 2019

A big reason Trudeau sent the CAF contingent to Mali was to demonstrate how gender equity has been so effectively adopted by our military, says David Krayden.

Jan 25, 2019

Quebec's Davie Shipbuilding has condemned a storied Coast Guard ship as beyond repair, declining to bid on a lucrative contract to overhaul the 56-year-old CCGS Hudson on the grounds that it “presents a serious and real threat to the safety of life at sea.”

Jan 24, 2019

The son of a 77-year-old navy veteran is calling for more federal and provincial funding after seeing his father lie in a bed in a hallway at Victoria General Hospital for days.

Jan 24, 2019

German chancellor Angela Merkel has hailed the “strong step forward” taken by her country and France in working together on defence policy, a move that will stoke fears among Eurosceptics that the two countries are creeping closer to establishing a European army.

Jan 24, 2019

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday evening that seeks to bar President Donald Trump from withdrawing from NATO amid renewed concerns over his commitment to the 29-nation military pact.

Jan 24, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed President Donald Trump to enforce his policy of banning certain transgender people from the military. The court voted 5-4 to grant a Trump administration request to lift injunctions blocking the policy while challenges continue in lower courts.

Jan 24, 2019

Halifax may be known as a navy town but on Wednesday the Canadian Army showed off a big addition to its presence in the city — a new $55-million armoury. The armoury is a new training home for 300 people serving in three army reserve units.

Jan 24, 2019
Canada is poised to contribute tens of millions of dollars toward further development of the F-35 stealth fighter even as the federal government wrestles with whether to buy the plane or not.
Jan 23, 2019

Canadian peacekeepers saw their busiest day in Mali on Sunday after extremists with links to al-Qaida attacked a United Nations base, killing 10 and injuring dozens more.

Jan 23, 2019

The Department of National Defence is pushing ahead with plans to extend the lives of Canada’s submarine fleet, with the head of the navy hoping some work will start in the coming months.

Jan 23, 2019

A fighter pilot has been fined $2,000 after pleading guilty at a court martial to flying his CF-18 jet too low during a training mission in 2016 in which his wingman died in a crash.

Jan 23, 2019

Defence department officials tried to blame a clerk for failing to challenge the military’s top legal officials who had claimed a report requested under the Access to Information law didn’t exist even though it did.

Jan 22, 2019

France recently held the first meeting of the country’s new defence industrial policy council. The council is aimed at helping French forces reform their approach to procurement, and is attended by both large and small to -medium sized enterprise defence contractors and start-ups.

Jan 22, 2019

German tank maker Rheinmetall plans to buy a majority stake in the UK-based business of BAE Systems, a move that could potentially create a new industry heavyweight in the military-vehicles market.

Jan 22, 2019

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, visited with members of the Canadian Armed Forces deployed in Kuwait and Iraq as part of Operation IMPACT, from January 18 to 21, 2019.

Jan 22, 2019

Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough and her bureaucrats at Public Services and Procurement Canada will often claim that the various purchases the department makes using your tax dollars are “fair, open and transparent.” But, there are ongoing questions whether the procurements are actually fair. And the “open and transparent” part is open to question.

Jan 20, 2019

A court date has been set for the recently-launched class action suit against the Governments of Canada and Quebec on behalf of the (remaining 138) Veterans at Ste. Anne's Hospital. Read more...

Jan 21, 2019

Canada's top general is promising better support for victims of military sexual misconduct, but says he will not get rid of a regulation that Canada's auditor general has warned discourages some victims from coming forward.

Jan 21, 2019

Taxpayers are on the hook for potentially tens of millions of dollars after federal bureaucrats bungled the purchase of trucks for the Canadian Forces and now must make good on the lost profits for a U.S. firm.

Jan 21, 2019

The judge in the Mark Norman case believed there was a need to protect a witness from reprisals from federal officials and those at National Defence headquarters. To do that, the judge ordered a publication ban so the name of the military witness – for now anyways ‐ would not be revealed publicly.

Jan 18, 2019

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Toronto will leave Saturday morning to join Op REASSURANCE in the Mediterranean Sea. The operation is part of Canada’s support to NATO assurance measures in Europe.

Jan 18, 2019

Canada’s top military officer admits there has been slower progress than expected to get more women into the CAF. General Jonathan Vance says he's committed to his goal of having 25 per cent of military personnel be women by 2026.

Jan 18, 2019

America's allies will have to pay their share of a new missile-detection system, U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday. That likely includes Canada, which might also be forced to reconsider its decision to stay out of an American-led effort to shoot down incoming attacks.

Jan 17, 2019

Canada’s top military officer is expected to take the stand later this month in a pre-trial hearing for VAdm Mark Norman. Norman’s lawyer, Marie Henein, said Gen. Jonathan Vance was subpoenaed by Norman’s legal team and is scheduled to testify at the end of January.

Jan 17, 2019

A proposed class-action lawsuit has been filed against the federal government over the $165-million accounting blunder by Veterans Affairs Canada, according to CBC News. The court action, which has yet to be certified, was filed on Tuesday by former soldier Dennis Manuge, who successfully took DND to court a few years ago over the clawback of military pensions.

Jan 17, 2019

Despite being warned what they were doing was potentially illegal and punishable by imprisonment, top military officers failed to disclose important documents under the Access to Information law, the National Post can reveal. Details of the incident emerged shortly after a court heard about alleged attempts by officers to hide records needed by Vice Admiral Mark Norman.

Jan 16, 2019

Nine DND employees were involved in Friday's horrific bus crash on Ottawa's Transitway, the department confirmed Tuesday. There were four Canadian Armed Forces members and five civilians involved in the collision at Westboro station.

Jan 16, 2019

The outgoing commander of Canada’s military detachment in Mali says the security situation has not improved during Canada’s peacekeeping mission in the west African country.

Jan 16, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced some changes affecting the senior ranks of the public service at the Department of National Defence as well as Public Services and Procurement Canada.

Jan 16, 2019

A Quebec-based business association claiming to represent over 1,000 companies inside and outside the province is launching a high-profile campaign to convince the Liberal government to reopen the oft-maligned National Shipbuilding Strategy.

Jan 15, 2019

The French government has signed a €2 billion contract with Dassault Aviation for 28 Rafale aircraft and gave the go-ahead for development of the aircraft’s F4 standard which should be validated by 2024, although some functions will be ready by 2022.

Jan 15, 2019

Jody Wilson-Raybould was sworn in on Monday as the new Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence during a federal cabinet shuffle at Rideau Hall.

Jan 15, 2019

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to temporarily suspend a lower court’s bombshell ruling in a sexual-assault case that the military justice system is unconstitutional.

Jan 15, 2019

The Canadian Army’s new armoured vehicles have been plagued by rollovers and fires, the latest in a series of problems to affect the $600-million fleet. Since April 2014, there have been 10 incidents when TAPVs have tipped on to their sides, six where they have rolled over completely, and four where they have caught fire.

Jan 14, 2019

Treasury Board President Scott Brison, one of the most experienced hands in the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is quitting politics – but a court case centred on Vice Admiral Mark Norman is sure to keep him in the public spotlight.

Jan 14, 2019

Members of Canada’s defence team were injured in the bus crash in downtown Ottawa on Friday that left three dead and 23 injured, while a local hospital says those who were in critical condition at its location have improved.

Jan 11, 2019

Britain has declared initial operating capability on its F-35B Lightning fighter fleet in an announcement made by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson during a Jan. 10 visit to the aircraft’s new base.

Jan 11, 2019

Opening eyes and dispelling myths, Canadian Forces Base Kingston’s base commander spoke on Thursday to the Canadian Club of Kingston about how his members are all part of the melting pot of the city.

Jan 11, 2019

The CAF is preparing to take possession by the spring of the first of 25 used Australian F-18 fighter jets. The requested mix is 12 single-seat and six dual-seat aircraft, according to DND. The other seven will be used for testing and spare parts.

Jan 11, 2019

With the completion of one $792-million, multi-year phased move of thousands of Department of National Defence (DND) personnel into a new central campus in west Ottawa still over a year away, the DND will spend 2019 developing plans for another new complex to house thousands more with a tentative project value of over $1 billion.

Jan 10, 2019

The Canadian Army appointed its first-ever Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel: a 15-year-old from London, Ontario. However, the appointment was for just one day; the youth in question, Aiden Anderson, who now has memories to last a lifetime.

Jan 10, 2019

The CAF saw more than a dozen service members die by suicide last year even as it was implementing a number of new services and benefits to prevent such tragedies. New figures from the DND show 15 members of the Canadian military killed themselves in 2018 – one fewer than the previous year.

Jan 09, 2019

Soldiers from the Royal Engineers are the biggest drug offenders in the armed forces – it has been revealed. More than 80 soldiers from the corps were said to have failed a drugs test in the course of 2017

Jan 09, 2019

Nearly halfway through Canada's 12-month mission in Mali, questions and disappointment are emerging over what some experts see as the Trudeau government's lack of interest in the country – and peacekeeping in general.

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