IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Nov 14, 2018

The Norwegian Defense Ministry said Tuesday that Russian forces in the Arctic disturbed GPS location signals during a recent large NATO drill in Norway. NATO's huge exercise Trident Juncture that included soldiers from 31 countries, including Canada, was staged in Norway from Oct. 25 to Nov. 7.

Nov 14, 2018

A Canadian war veteran is being denied access to a Halifax veterans hospital even though there are empty beds in the facility – all because he wasn't Canadian at the time of his wartime service.

Nov 14, 2018

Three used icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard will cost 30 per cent more than the federal government previously said – an increase that officials have blamed on tariffs and fees, but one expert says is proof of a lack of planning.

Nov 14, 2018

The Canadian government is showing no signs of toughening its stance on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, even after Canada's spy chief heard a recording of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Nov 13, 2018

Applications for a competition to develop artificial intelligence (AI) technology that will enable an autonomous drone to win a race against a pilot-operated drone opened today. Applications are being accepted until 28 Feb 2019, and teams will be competing for more than U$2 million in prizes from the Lockheed Martin competition.

Nov 13, 2018

The Canadian military has suspended four of its active members as it looks into allegations that they are running an online army-surplus store catering to white supremacists.

Nov 13, 2018

A car-bomb explosion in northern Mali killed three civilians on Monday, and one group reportedly claimed that Canadian soldiers and other foreign forces were targeted. The CAF said in an email Monday that it was aware of an explosion in the city of Gao, adding that all Canadian personnel were safe at Camp Castor.

Nov 13, 2018

Some Canadian military search and rescue helicopter crews on the east coast have been temporarily relocated after asbestos dust was found in one of the buildings used by the squadron.

Nov 13, 2018

The Saudi-led coalition resumed air strikes on Yemen’s main port city of Hodeidah after a lull on Monday as Western allies pressed Riyadh to end a war that has left the impoverished country on the verge of starvation.

Nov 12, 2018

The United States signed off on arms exports worth $192.3 billion over the past year, a full 13 percent increase from the previous year – even as the Trump administration keeps pushing hard to sell more weapons, more quickly, to more allies overseas.

Nov 12, 2018

The Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Instad is in danger of sinking after being rammed by an oil tanker while returning from the NATO Trident Juncture exercise, according to The Associated Press. Images posted by AP show the ship lying on its side in a small cove.

Nov 12, 2018

The Canadian Forces has withdrawn sexual assault charges against two military members, including a senior officer, because of an earlier court ruling that has questioned the validity of some aspects of the military justice system.

Nov 12, 2018

When the armistice that ended the First World War was signed and the guns fell silent on Nov. 11, 1918, Canadians wearily celebrated what they hoped was the start of a new era of peace. For thousands of Canadian veterans, however, a far different battle loomed: the fight with Ottawa for support and benefits. It's a battle that persists to this day.

Nov 12, 2018

On the battlefield or in times of relative peace, a soldier never stands alone. Standing with them on Remembrance Day, are family members who support those who don a Canadian Armed Forces uniform now, or in the past.

Nov 12, 2018

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians paused at memorials and cenotaphs across the country and around the world to silently remember those who gave their lives in conflict and to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Nov 09, 2018

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is denying that his department misled the public about a disastrous booze-fuelled trip aboard an Air Force plane, contrary to what a prominent defence reporter wrote earlier this week.

Nov 09, 2018

Over the coming months, 19 Wing will be conducting precautionary groundwater testing on properties near the base. According to a letter distributed to nearby residents, through 19 Wing’s environmental monitoring program, perfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS) were detected in soil and groundwater at the base and in Scales Creek.

Nov 09, 2018

Having already overseen a significant increase in the number of generals in Canada’s military, the country’s top soldier says more will likely be added once a review he’s commissioned of the Forces’ command structure is complete.

Nov 09, 2018

Building a sixth Arctic patrol ship to add to the five originally commissioned from Irving Shipbuilding for the Royal Canadian Navy will cost taxpayers $800 million – double the price-tag of each of the other vessels.

Nov 08, 2018

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) will be launching an online consultation portal to seek industry views on how it conducts its assessment of export permits. The focus will inform the assessment of risks and implications of proposed exports with respect to human rights, Canada’s foreign and defence policy and national security considerations.

Nov 08, 2018

Lieutenant-General Jean-Marc Lanthier, Commander of the Canadian Army, remarks on Aboriginal Veterans Day.

Nov 08, 2018

Veterans and active CAF members and their families will get free admission to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights this Remembrance Day weekend. The Israel Asper Tower of Hope, perched atop the museum, will glow red to honour both Remembrance Day and the 100th anniversary of the WW1 Armistice.

Nov 08, 2018

There's no reason to believe fires that broke out recently on two Halifax-based Royal Canadian Navy ships are sign of a widespread problem with the fleet, a senior military official said Wednesday.

Nov 08, 2018

The future Franco-German combat aircraft program is set to begin in earnest early next year, but the bickering is already in full swing. The two main companies involved – Dassault and Airbus – have “a clear common vision on the project,” as an Airbus spokesman put it. But there is also politicking, jockeying for position and mistrust.

Nov 07, 2018

Democrats won the U.S. House in convincing fashion in Tuesday’s midterm elections, promising to shake up defense policy in the coming year and raising the possibility of tumultuous impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

Nov 07, 2018

The long effort to replace Canada's aging fighter jets took another surprise twist on Tuesday, as multiple sources revealed that French fighter-jet maker Dassault is pulling out of the multibillion-dollar competition.

Nov 07, 2018

With 18 diesel electric submarines, four so-called “helicopter destroyers”, 43 destroyers and destroyer escorts, 25 minesweepers and training ships, fleet oilers, submarine rescue ships and other vessels, Japan’s navy is the second largest in Asia and one of the largest in the world.

Nov 07, 2018

The federal government has dramatically slowed the approval process for weapons exports in recent years, the result of controversy over arms deals with Saudi Arabia and other nations with poor human rights records.

Nov 07, 2018

The Trudeau government, which is still weighing whether to suspend shipments in the $15-billion sale of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, has rejected a call from Canadian senators to give human rights and international humanitarian law greater weight in the arms-export control system.

Nov 06, 2018

Edmonton is now officially home to Canadian Forces Trail. The new name honours the relationship between the city, Edmonton Garrison, and the historical significance of the former Canadian Forces Base Griesbach, west of 97 Street and north of 137 Avenue.

Nov 06, 2018

As voters head to poll stations across the country today, their decisions will have lasting ramifications for the military for years to come. The results will determine which party controls the House and Senate, and by extension, how the fiscal 2020 defence budget process unfolds.

Nov 06, 2018

Prime Minister Trudeau will join world leaders in France this weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. He will visit the Canadian National Vimy Ridge Memorial in northern France on Saturday before attending Armistice Day ceremonies in Paris.

Nov 06, 2018

Repaying hundreds of thousands of disabled veterans and their survivors for a calculating error that deprived them of some of their pensions for seven years will cost $165 million, the federal government says.

Nov 06, 2018

The federal government will save nearly $500-million over five years as a result of its move away from lump-sum payments to monthly pension payments for life for disabled veterans. But Ottawa is not committing to using those savings to close gaps so that all former military personnel are compensated equally.

Nov 05, 2018

The December 2017 “Team Canada” tour – now more popularly known in some quarters in the military as “the party flight” – has without a doubt been a major public relations black eye for the Canadian Forces.

Nov 05, 2018

Concern is rising in the Canadian military industry that the federal government is not rallying in support of General Dynamics Land Systems Canada, a leading national military analyst says.

Nov 05, 2018

The U.S. Navy’s chief of naval operations has called on China to return to a previously agreed-upon code of conduct for at-sea encounters between the ships of their respective navies, stressing the need to avoid miscalculations.

Nov 05, 2018

The military’s top commander is applauding the Royal Canadian Legion’s decision to appoint, for the first time, a parent who lost her child to suicide as the country’s Silver Cross Mother.

Nov 05, 2018

Federal funds budgeted for providing services to Canadian war veterans but left unspent at the end of the year may no longer go to waste if an impending NDP motion is passed by Parliament.

Nov 02, 2018

The public should be advised that Petawawa soldiers from 2 Field Ambulance will be conducting military medical training between Borden and Deep River, Ontario, until November 9, 2018.

Nov 02, 2018

Defence Minister Sajjan today announced that the Royal Canadian Navy will receive a sixth Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship from Irving Shipyards. The Government of Canada is acquiring the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) to bolster the Royal Canadian Navy’s capabilities while equipping its women and men with versatile and reliable vessels to complete their vital missions, he said.

Nov 02, 2018

A member of Canada’s special forces has been charged with trafficking stolen goods and theft after generators, gun parts, and clothing owned by the military was taken and some sold on-line.

Nov 02, 2018

The federal government said yesterday that it plans to divvy up $7 billion in maintenance and repair contracts for RCN frigates to three shipyards: Halifax’s Irving Shipbuilding Inc., Seaspan Victoria Shipyards in Victoria, B.C., and Davie Shipbuilding in Levis, Que.

Nov 01, 2018

The Homeland Security and Defense Departments don’t expect a significant cyber attack on next week’s elections. But both agencies are eager to avoid a repeat of 2016, so just in case, military Cyber Protection Teams are on standby and able to respond “within hours,” a senior Pentagon official told reporters.

Nov 01, 2018

Russia's only aircraft carrier has been damaged after the floating dry dock repair facility she was in collapsed and sank in the early hours of October 30. The Admiral Kuznetsov has been undergoing repairs since April this year on one of the world's biggest floating docks in Kola Bay near Murmansk.

Nov 01, 2018

The Canadian Army is investigating active members of the Canadian Forces who run an online army surplus store that sells symbols linked to white supremacy.

Oct 31, 2018

For the first time, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is taking part in the maritime component of a military exercise, which has been held between the United States and Japanese militaries since 1986.

Oct 31, 2018

Canada’s spy service is warning that Canadian research is “of interest to foreign states,” whose exploitation of such work poses potential harm to Canada’s national interests.

Oct 31, 2018

History has informed international defense companies that it’s difficult to play ball in the United States, but as the U.S. Army looks to rapidly modernize, both American and international companies are finding that partnering to bring readily available advanced technology and weapon systems into the U.S. is a win-win for both sides.

Oct 31, 2018

HMCS Toronto, which is taking part in NATO operations, has run into some more problems. The frigate was conducting operations at sea off the coast of the United Kingdom when the ship experienced an electrical issue causing a loss of power.

Oct 31, 2018

China Telecom, a state-owned telecommunications firm, has systematically diverted internet traffic in Canada and the United States by shunting it through its own network in an effort to commit espionage and steal intellectual property, two cybersecurity researchers say.

Oct 31, 2018

Canada has modified the mandatory specifications for its next fleet of fighter jets to make it easier for European manufacturers to qualify for the $26-billion contract and foster more competition among five qualified bidders, federal officials said.

Oct 30, 2018

Last week, Justin Trudeau said that he may suspend exports of light-armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia. The move would have significant financial consequences for London, where the vehicles are assembled – and Trudeau’s comments have reignited a local debate about whether economic concerns should trump human rights.

Oct 30, 2018

The effort to replace the air force's aging fleet of CF-18 fighters took a small step forward Monday when Public Services and Procurement Canada released a draft tender and asked for feedback from the makers of new jets.

Oct 30, 2018

Britain’s Ministry of Defence has been given a £1 billion (U.S. $1.28 billion) spending boost in the Treasury budget announcement Oct. 29, with Chancellor Philip Hammond suggesting the money would be mainly spent on three strategic military programs.

Oct 30, 2018

Canadian military leaders and government officials like to talk about the value of the Canadian Rangers. But as Canadian Forces Ombudsman Gary Walbourne recently outlined to Parliamentarians, while the value the Canadian Rangers provide to this country is exceptional, their treatment is not.

Oct 30, 2018

NDP MP Charlie Angus is asking CBC’s ombudsman to review its policy for protecting confidential sources, given the situation around the government’s hire of the journalist at the centre of the criminal case against Vice Admiral Mark Norman.

Oct 30, 2018

Canadian academics have collaborated on dozens of projects with Chinese military researchers – some of whom appear to have obscured their defence ties – raising concerns that Canada is inadvertently helping China modernize its armed forces.

Oct 30, 2018

Canada is facing a complex challenge as it gets ready to launch a full competition for new fighter jets stemming from its long-standing involvement in the international coalition that is building the Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 stealth aircraft.

Oct 29, 2018

The Department of National Defence says a fire broke out on board HMCS Halifax which is taking part in NATO operations but the crew was able to put out the blaze.

Oct 29, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shouldn’t be blaming Conservative predecessors for signing onto a $15-billion light armoured vehicle sale to Saudi Arabia that contains terms that make it tough to cancel, says the former Tory cabinet minister who helped shepherd the deal.

Oct 27, 2018

Embodying the spirit of camaraderie, sportsmanship, and determination, Team Canada won two silver and four bronze medals over the course of the week-long Invictus Games competition. The closing ceremony today officially wraps up the 2018 Games.

Oct 26, 2018
General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada announced major layoffs amid tension between Canada and Saudi Arabia. The London, Ont.-based defence manufacturing giant laid off nearly 40 salaried employees this Wednesday.
Oct 26, 2018

A Canadian military contingent of approximately 2,000 personnel is currently in northern Europe to participate in Exercise Trident Juncture 2018, NATO’s largest exercise in recent years, according to the Canadian Forces.

Oct 26, 2018

Investigators looking at a series of pipe bombs zeroed in on a Florida postal facility as the number of explosive devices mailed to opponents of U.S. President Donald Trump reached 10.

Oct 26, 2018

The F-35 Joint Program Office temporarily has halted flight operations for a number of F-35s with higher flight hours after finding two new parts that will require inspection on older models of the jets.

Oct 26, 2018

Lockheed Martin Canada has laid off 20 employees in Ottawa and another 11 at its facilities in Montreal and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Industry sources say some of the layoffs can be attributed to the recent loss of the Halifax-class underwater warfare suite upgrade contract, which went to General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada.

Oct 26, 2018

Another day and another attempt by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to disentangle himself from what is rapidly becoming – if it isn’t already – the most toxic Canadian trade deal ever. The Liberals have tied themselves so closely to a progressive agenda and human rights that it is almost impossible to separate that from the $15-billion deal to sell light armoured vehicles to the Saudis.

Oct 25, 2018

A bipartisan group of 21 House lawmakers have introduced a bill to immediately stop all military sales and aid to Saudi Arabia’s government. The bill came as President Donald Trump said the his administration has taken its first steps in punishing the Saudis by deciding to revoke the visas of the suspects.

Oct 25, 2018

The Canadian Forces ombudsman won’t refer soldiers to a military program that is designed to resolve complaints at a local level after concerns were raised about the organization’s close relationship with senior officers as well as a lack of safeguards surrounding the confidential information provided by military personnel.

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