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IN THE NEWS

Aug 18, 2015

At least $9 billion of taxpayers' money will be wasted by Australia's sprawling Defence Department in the next four years because of a lack of technical know-how, according to unions. A "skills crisis" in the ADF and Defence Department is eroding the nation's ability to defend itself and risking the lives of sailors, soldiers and Air Force personnel, according to the technical union Professionals Australia.

Aug 18, 2015

Children from military families were more likely than their nonmilitary peers to report potentially harmful situations or behaviors such as experiencing violence and harassment at school, experimenting with alcohol or drugs and carrying a weapon on school grounds, according to a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

Aug 18, 2015

Faced with escalating aggression from Russia and China, the Pentagon is planning to increase its use of drones by about 50 per cent over the next several years.

Aug 18, 2015

Two female soldiers will graduate from the Army’s legendary Ranger School this week, the first women to complete the course since it was opened to them on an experimental basis this year, the U.S. Army said Monday evening.

Aug 18, 2015

In an interview the morning after speaking at a Kurdish festival in Toronto, Feleknas Uca, an opposition Turkish MP, pleaded for help for the region’s Kurdish minority, which she depicted as squeezed between Turkish forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Aug 18, 2015

Canada’s chief of defence staff has prohibited inappropriate jokes of a sexual nature, racy photos and unwelcome advances in an attempt stamp out impropriety and harassment in the military.

Aug 17, 2015

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper unveiled a plan to boost the number of military reservists to 30,000 in the next four years during a campaign stop in Fredericton today. Under the proposal, the Conservatives would expand the primary reserve to 30,000 personnel from 24,000.

Aug 17, 2015

Military officials are tight-lipped about Operation Nanook this year because of the federal election. Normally the subject of extensive media coverage, Operation Nanook is one of the largest military exercises in Canada's North. This year, it's taking place in Inuvik, Uluhaktok, Tuktoyaktuk, and Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories. The government issued a news release, but would not speak further.

Aug 17, 2015

The United Nations humanitarian chief said Monday he is "horrified" by the attacks on civilians that are taking place in Syria, warning that the protracted conflict not only "severely affects" the lives of millions of people in the country but also threatens the stability of the entire region.

Aug 17, 2015

The Syrian government has received six MiG-31 'Foxhound' interceptor aircraft from Russia under a deal that was said to have been signed in 2007, a regional media source has reported. The aircraft recently arrived at Mezze Airbase on the outskirts of Damascus, the Turkish BGN News agency reported on 16 August.

Aug 17, 2015

Jordan has finalised a deal with Israel for the procurement of strategic and tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to help combat the Islamic State, according to a regional media source.

Aug 17, 2015

The Canadian government is intently parsing developments in Saudi Arabia’s shifting power structure as Ottawa’s controversial $15-billion arms sale rides on stability in a country where new players with sweeping authority over the kingdom’s affairs have taken the reins.

Aug 17, 2015

Unnamed U.S. government officials involved in investigating alleged chemical weapon use by ISIL in the north-eastern Syrian city of Hasakeh confirmed mustard gas had been used, according to the Washington Post and CNN.

Aug 14, 2015

Defence minister Tomasz Siemoniak echoed President Andrzej Duda's calls for a consolidated NATO presence in Poland as the pair oversaw the change of command of NATO's Multinational Corps Northeast in Szczecin, north-western Poland.

Aug 14, 2015

A coroner is to probe possible failures by the Ministry of Defence after a soldier died in a canoeing accident during a training exercise abroad.

Aug 14, 2015

Dozens of Army Ranger students and instructors were injured after they were hit by lightning during training. The students were learning lightning protection protocols at the time of the incident.

Aug 14, 2015

Russian president Vladimir Putin used the occasion of the Navy Day festivities on 26 July to announce the approval of a new 'Maritime Doctrine-2015' for the Russian Federation. Nikolai Novichkov of IHS Jane's 360, assesses the key changes.

Aug 14, 2015

The United States believes Islamic State militants likely used mustard agent in an attack on Kurdish forces in Iraq earlier this week, the first indication the militant group has obtained a banned chemical weapon, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. If confirmed, it would be the first indication the militant group has obtained a banned chemical weapon.

Aug 13, 2015

Islamic State claimed responsibility on Thursday for a truck bomb attack at a crowded marketplace in the Baghdad district of Sadr City which killed at least 76 people and wounded more than 200 others.

Aug 13, 2015

Disgruntled neighbours have sent a request to the Office of the Auditor General seeking a comprehensive assessment of military helicopter noise on the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver island. The group is unhappy about current and potential future noise from helicopters based at 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, located on Victoria International Airport lands.

Aug 13, 2015

History appeared on the horizon over Victoria International Airport Monday, landed smoothly and taxied to the tarmac at the Victoria Flying Club. The piece of the past was a B-17, the legendary “Flying Fortress” that played an important role for the Allies in bombing German targets during the Second World War.

Aug 13, 2015

The Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II ground attack aircraft will return to Europe in the next few months, the US Air Force (USAF) confirmed on 11 August. In total, 12 A-10s from the 23rd Wing will deploy from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, to Europe as part of a Theatre Security Package (TSP) in support of NATO's 'Operation Atlantic Resolve'.

Aug 12, 2015

Hundreds of military personnel and embassy staff could be at risk after Islamic State (ISIS) leaked what is believed to be their names, email addresses and passwords online.

Aug 12, 2015

NATO military exercises are intended to enhance security and stability in Europe, says a statement issued today by NATO Deputy Spokesperson Carmen Romero. All NATO military activities are proportionate, defensive, and fully in line with our international commitments, the statement said.

Aug 12, 2015

War between Russia and the NATO alliance should be unthinkable. But a new study of recent military exercises suggests both powers are preparing for just that possibility.

Aug 12, 2015

A U.S. defence and foreign affairs think tank released a comprehensive report yesterday suggesting the oft-maligned F-35 might not meet the performance standards of current fighters, including Canada’s CF-18s.

Aug 12, 2015

China’s military has begun a series of live-fire drills, code named "Joint Action -2015", involving more than 140,000 troops that aim to improve joint operational command.

Aug 12, 2015

Despite Conservative warnings about the “horrific” threat posed by the ISIL, new figures show Canadian military aircraft have conducted less than three per cent of all coalition missions in Iraq and Syria.

Aug 12, 2015

A U.S. army helicopter crashed during a training mission Wednesday while landing on a navy ship off of Japan's southern island of Okinawa, injuring seven people and damaging the aircraft, officials said.

Aug 11, 2015

A Canadian Armed Forces Reserve soldier died at 5th Canadian Division Support Base (5 CDSB) Gagetown, on Monday, August 10, 2015. The soldier was attending training in the 5 CDSB Gagetown Range and Training Area when he died.

Aug 11, 2015

United Kingdom Ministry of Defence chiefs have agreed to spend £250million on private consultants - to tell them how to spend less money on consultants. The department, which is halfway through a 10-year programme to slash the size of the army by 20,000 full-time soldiers, has signed up three giant outside consultancy firms in a bid to cut waste.

Aug 11, 2015

Russia has been saber-rattling so hard that cracks are forming in the blade and the hilt seems to be falling off. The military has been embarrassed by a number of of high-profile failures and missteps in the past few years.

Aug 11, 2015

The ambitious effort to overhaul the military personnel system that is under way inside the Pentagon could lead to huge changes in the way troops are paid, including the creation of unique pay tables for high-demand career fields and new cash bonuses for high-performing troops, according to several defense officials.

Aug 11, 2015

A US Air Force (USAF) Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft crashed in Germany on 11 August, local media reported. The single seat F-16C came down in fields near the Bavarian village of Engelmannsreuth, according to The Local.de newspaper. The pilot was said to have ejected safely.

Aug 11, 2015

The US Army is taking a new approach for developing and fielding combat vehicles, hoping a broader capability requirement - which could include unmanned weapons - nets more success.

Aug 11, 2015

Armour specialists from both Russia and the United States are sceptical of recent claims made by the enterprise that produces Russia's new T-14 Armata MBT that the tank is essentially "invisible" to radar. The claim was made by the director of the Nizhi-Tagil-based UralVagonZavod (UVZ) plant, Vyacheslav Khalitov, on Ekho Moskvy radio on 3 July.

Aug 11, 2015

The United States says Ukrainian rebels launched more attacks over the last three days than any similar time period since February, in what may be an escalating effort by Russian-backed militants to destabilize Ukraine's Western-backed government.

Aug 11, 2015

The Liberals and the NDP would fight insurgents overseas by doing little more than “dropping aid on dead people,” Stephen Harper said Monday as he reinforced the Conservative party’s tough-on-terror strategy.

Aug 10, 2015

The Royal Navy's future fleet of Type 26 Global Combat Ships moved forward on 5 August with the ordering of the first long lead items for the vessels. The Royal Navy is currently planning to purchase 13 Type 26 vessels to replace its existing Type 23 frigates on a one-for-one basis.

Aug 10, 2015

A car bomb exploded near the entrance to Kabul airport on Monday, killing at least four people and wounding 17, days after a series of suicide attacks in the Afghan capital killed dozens and wounded hundreds.

Aug 07, 2015

In full ceremonial military uniform, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi officially opened the new Suez extension. Funded entirely by Egyptian investors, the project is expected to more than double the canal's annual revenue to $13.2B by 2023.

Aug 07, 2015

Russia is the leading suspect in a sophisticated cyber-attack on the unclassified email network of the US military’s joint staff that prompted the Pentagon last month to restrict access to portions of that network, US officials said on Thursday.

Aug 07, 2015

A couple of decades ago, Sweden had a strong military. Its air force was one of the capable in the world, its navy had dozens of ships and submarines, and artillery guarded the coastlines from a multitude of secret mountain hideaways. Now, after a number of fatal decisions, based on the belief that wars in Europe were a thing of the past, most of its military is gone and Sweden has virtually no means of protecting itself.

Aug 07, 2015

The US Air Force (USAF) has rolled out the first Northrop T-38 Talon advanced jet trainer aircraft to be modernised under the 'Pacer Classic III' programme, the service announced on 6 August. The aircraft was rolled out at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex's (ALC's) 575th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, on 31 July.

Aug 06, 2015

Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Thursday, with Mayor Kazumi Matsui renewing calls for U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders to step up efforts toward making a nuclear-weapons-free world.

Aug 06, 2015

Military police are investigating the sudden death of a 13-year-old air cadet after he fell ill at a Nova Scotia military base. Capt. Liam Mather, a spokesman for cadets in Atlantic Canada, says Gabriel Comeau of Saint John, N.B., fell ill Tuesday afternoon in his accommodations at 14 Wing at Canadian Forces Base Greenwood.

Aug 05, 2015

On August 3, it was announced that the UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) is making the move to cloud computing this autumn. It's a shift it says that will save the government £1bn ($1.56bn) for reinvestment over the next decade.

Aug 05, 2015

Russia has activated the Aerospace Forces as a new branch of its military, the Russian Ministry of Defence announced on 3 August. The Aerospace Forces has been formed by the merger of the Russian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces.

Aug 05, 2015

NATO is to halve the number of combat aircraft it is committing to the Baltic Air Policing Mission despite a recent upsurge in interceptions of Russian military aircraft transiting the region, an alliance spokesperson confirmed to IHS Jane's on 4 August.

Aug 05, 2015

The Australian government revealed plans on 4 August to invest more than $64 billion (US) in the country's naval shipbuilding industry over a 20-year period. As part of the investment, the government is bringing into action a "continuous build" strategy to allay a forecast tailing-off of shipbuilding, nicknamed the "Valley of Death" by local industry.

Aug 05, 2015

Russia made a new bid Tuesday for a huge swath of Arctic territory — including the North Pole — putting Canada in the position of potentially having to negotiate with the country to settle overlapping claims.

Aug 05, 2015

In an exclusive interview, the National Post’s Matthew Fisher spoke to General Jonathan Vance about sexual abuse in the military, the biggest threats Canada faces and what he has planned for the Canadian Armed Forces.

Aug 04, 2015

A contingent representing over 300 personnel from nine NATO nations last week concluded Exercise Precise Response at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) – Suffield Research Centre, in Suffield, Alberta. During the last three weeks, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) specialists trained together to respond as part of the NATO Reactionary Force, a coalition against the use of CBRN threats.

Aug 04, 2015


Starting August 8 and throughout the month, approximately 4800 Canadian soldiers, mostly Army Reserve Force members, are taking part in several exercises across the country. These exercises aim to further refine the Canadian Army’s operational capabilities in various situations and environments. An interoperability component is also included, with U.S. soldiers participating in the training.

Aug 04, 2015

The military helicopters swooped in over the Kurdish heartland and dropped white incendiary powder on a raging brush fire — igniting a massive conflagration that raced through the mountains, devouring orchards and livestock. For Kurds living in nearby Lice, the recent Turkish operation brought back memories of the traumatic days in the 1990s when the army twice burned the town to the ground.

Aug 04, 2015

The U.S. military is expanding its combat role in Syria in defense of coalition-backed rebels, conducting armed drone missions into Syria from an air base in Turkey and imposing new rules allowing the U.S. to defend rebels against attacks from any hostile force, including the Assad government.

Aug 04, 2015

U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday. The coalition had no immediate comment.

Aug 01, 2015

The Government of Canada has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Chantier Davie Canada Incorporated and Project Resolve Incorporated to continue discussions on pursuing an at-sea support services contract, Defence Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

Jul 31, 2015

The US Army is nearly 14% short of the recruits it will need to fill its ranks, marking the first time in six years — and only the third in the last 20 — that it may fall short of its recruiting goal for the year.

Jul 31, 2015

Canada is prepared to give up to $8.3 million in additional funding to Iraq and neighbouring countries in the fight against Islamic State militants, Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson said Thursday.

Jul 31, 2015

Diane Finely, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, yesterday issued a statement to suppliers of goods and services to the Government about how Public Works is making changes to its processes and technology to improve federal procurement.

Jul 31, 2015


Sergeant Tatyana Danylyshyn (second from left), from The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's), in Victoria, B.C., earned the top shot honour at the annual Bisley shooting competition held in Bisley, United Kingdom, from June 21 to July 1, 2015.

Jul 30, 2015

The US Defense Department has tapped medical records firm Cerner, along with its partners Leidos and Accenture, to help overhaul the military's massive health IT system. The contract is valued at $4.3 billion over five years, and could set a new national standard for electronic health record systems.

Jul 30, 2015

Royal Air Force quick reaction Typhoon jets intercepted 10 Russian military aircraft during a single sortie last week, the UK Ministry of Defence has disclosed. The RAF fighters from 6 (Fighter) Squadron were launched from their airfield in Estonia after multiple groups of aircraft were spotted by NATO air defences in international airspace near to the Baltic States.

Jul 30, 2015

In a sign of its resilience, the Islamic State appears to have recruited new fighters to offset 15,000 militants killed in a U.S.-led airstrike campaign approaching its first anniversary, U.S. military and intelligence estimates show.

Jul 30, 2015

The UK government minister responsible for defence acquisition said on 29 July that he believes there is future opportunity to grow the nation's maritime sector even as its domestic naval shipbuilding programmes have reached a peak.

Jul 30, 2015

Australia's seventh Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft arrived at its homebase of RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland on 29 July, only three months after its acquisition was announced.

Jul 29, 2015

Israeli Government subsidiary ELTA Systems Ltd. will work with Rheinmetall to bring new sensor capabilities to the Canadian Armed Forces. An improved radar system for the Canadian Army will use cutting edge technology that is part of the successful Israeli Defence Force Iron Dome Air Defence system to defend against incoming rocket fire from Hamas and other terrorist groups.

Jul 29, 2015

NATO proclaims ‘strong solidarity’ to TurkeyTurkish jets bombed Kurdish rebels inside Turkey on Tuesday as NATO proclaimed its “strong solidarity” with the country’s fight against ISIL but urged restraint in a campaign that has also targeted Kurdish separatists.

Jul 29, 2015

Russia will guarantee a permanent naval presence in the Mediterranean and boost its strength in the Atlantic and Arctic under a strategy to counter “unacceptable” NATO expansion. The plans, which also include ambitious ship-building targets and expansion of infrastructure for the country’s fleet in the Black Sea, were laid out in a new naval doctrine approved by President Vladimir Putin.

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