IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Jan 09, 2019

DND has cut down on its use of rodents and pigs for research and experiments but says realistic instruction for its medical personnel still requires live animals to be wounded during training and later killed.

Jan 08, 2019

The Trudeau government can't afford to buy ultra-modern warships and advanced warplanes at the same time, given the limits of federal finances, a new research paper argues.

Jan 08, 2019

New legislation has been proposed to protect the United States’ “technological supremacy” over emerging defence markets, and suppress a rise in the transfer of dual-use technology, through the establishment of an Office of Critical Technologies & Security.

Jan 08, 2019

Ukraine's Ground Forces (army) will soon be on the receiving end of a massive shipment of sniper rifles from Canada. PGW Defence Technologies, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, has been contracted to supply Ukrainian snipers with anti-material rifles in deal valued at over USD $770,000.

Jan 08, 2019

One of the first things that will be done to the used Australian F-18s that Canada is purchasing is that the aircraft will be outfitted with different ejection seats and software.

Jan 07, 2019

The northernmost tier of North America's air defence has problems. Canada's air force lacks enough jet fighters to meet its NORAD or NATO requirements, according to Canadian government auditors. And that raises questions about whether the U.S. Air Force can meet increased demands to prepare for a war with Russia or China.

Jan 07, 2019

The 2963 Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in British Columbia will be celebrating their 40th anniversary and they will be doing it in style.

Jan 07, 2019

Department of Defence chief of staff Kevin Sweeney has resigned, a month after the Defence Secretary James Mattis announced his departure. Rear Admiral Sweeney said in a statement that "the time is right to return to the private sector".

Jan 07, 2019

President Donald Trump's push to create a U.S. space force is being welcomed by military experts in Canada, and the executive director of one defence think-tank says Canada should consider following suit.

Jan 04, 2019

More than 300 military engineers and personnel gathered in Chilliwack over the holiday season for Exercise Paladin Response, an annual event for army reserve combat engineers to practice building various types of bridges over water and land gaps, plus refreshing other skills for domestic response.

Jan 04, 2019

Brigadier-General Jennie Carignan is one of the highest-ranking women in the Canadian Armed Forces and is the first and only woman from a combat arms occupation to rise to the general officer rank level.

Jan 04, 2019

Canada’s air task force in Romania has completed its four-month deployment with NATO and its personnel will return home later this month.

Jan 04, 2019

Canada has finalized a deal to buy 25 used fighter jets from Australia, the first of which are expected to be operating by this summer, says the top procurement official at the Department of National Defence.

Jan 03, 2019

London’s Jet Aircraft Museum is trying to raise $60,000 to get a vintage jet that’s grounded in eastern Ontario up in the air once again. The non-profit wants to get the CT-114 Tutor jet to its London airport location, where it would begin fully restoring the decades-old piece of Canadiana to flying condition.

Jan 03, 2019

Moving the Canadian military’s Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment out of Cold Lake to Ottawa is the only way 4 Wing can grow to accommodate new fighters, says AETE commanding officer Col. Eric Grandmont, referring to feasibility studies conducted by the Air Force.

Jan 03, 2019

Ontario's Government for the People has delivered on its promise and is giving back to those men and women who have sacrificed so much. As of 1 January 2019, all veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members residing in Ontario can enjoy recreational fishing across the province without having to purchase a fishing licence.

Jan 03, 2019

Canada’s military is “aware” of some 30 personnel known to be part of hate groups or who hold “discriminatory” views, the Star has learned. Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff, said the number of people who harbour such beliefs is likely higher but insists it is still a fraction of the 95,000 personnel in uniform.

Jan 03, 2019

Nearly three years after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to send weapons to Kurds in Iraq the armaments are still sitting in a military warehouse in Montreal, with no current plans to distribute the equipment to either Kurdish or Canadian forces.

Jan 02, 2019

Airbus Defence and Space successfully launched the first of the company’s CSO Earth observation satellites to support the French Armed Forces from the Kourou European Spaceport in French Guiana.

Jan 02, 2019

Personnel from the UK's Royal Air Force are continuing to provide counter-unmanned aircraft system coverage at Gatwick Airport in West Sussex after unidentified drones were reporting flying near the airport over a three-day period earlier in December.

Jan 02, 2019

The Qatari Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that it donated 24 Storm armoured personnel carriers to the Armed Forces of Mali. The MoD said the vehicles were airlifted to Mali aboard several Boeing C-17 transport aircraft the day before and would be used for security operations in Mali and the four other G5 Sahel countries.

Jan 02, 2019

US Strategic Command, which oversees America's nuclear arsenal, has apologized for a tweet that said it was ready to "drop something much, much bigger" than New York's Times Square ball.

Dec 31, 2018

In an interview with iPolitics, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says that he is proud of the fact that the defence policy is focused on looking after the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Dec 31, 2018

In a year-end interview with the West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson, Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance said while there are a number of threats that are evolving and taking shape, one of the most concrete ones the military is facing right now comes from Mother Nature herself.

Dec 28, 2018

Russia’s new strategic weapon has rendered any missile defences useless at a small fraction of their cost, officials said Thursday. The Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle flies 27 times faster than the speed of sound, making it impossible to intercept, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told Russian state television.

Dec 28, 2018

Vets Canada, a charitable, non-profit organization has mobilized hundreds of volunteers across Canada to help vets who are outright homeless, poorly housed or just in need of short-term financial help or a helping hand. This past fall in Ottawa, it opened its first drop-in centre.

Dec 28, 2018

A new fighter jet “can’t arrive quickly enough” for Canada’s Air Force as it deals with aging CF-18s that are approaching the end of their useful life, the country’s top military commander says.

Dec 28, 2018

In October, the Canadian government sent out its draft request for proposals to aerospace firms expected to bid on replacing the CF-18 fighter jets. Industry is expected to provide feedback on a number of issues, including the so-called “Boeing clause.”

Dec 27, 2018

Trump's trip to Iraq came a week after he stunned his national security advisers by announcing the U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria.

Dec 27, 2018

Spanning decades and billions of dollars, the ambitious National Shipbuilding Strategy aims not only to outfit the navy and coast guard with a new fleet of vessels, but also to rebuild the shipbuilding  industry. But for something as slow as military procurement, 2018 had many milestones that that positioned the program for even more progress over the next year.

Dec 27, 2018

The federal government and Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding are asking a trade tribunal to throw out a challenge to their handling of a high-stakes competition to design the navy's new $60-billion fleet of warships.

Dec 24, 2018

Tens of thousands of people had their Christmas holidays disrupted after Gatwick Airport was forced to close due to rogue drones. While no details of protection have been revealed by either the airport or the authorities, The Independent understands military-grade technology is involved.

Dec 24, 2018

The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians delivered its first annual report Friday to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The report includes the two substantive reviews conducted by NSICOP in 2018, and its related findings and recommendations.

Dec 24, 2018

President Donald Trump announced on Sunday that Defence Secretary Jim Mattis will now leave his post on Jan. 1, tweeting that deputy Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan will take over as acting secretary to cover the accelerated departure.

Dec 24, 2018

Light armoured vehicles destined for Saudi Arabia were loaded onto a cargo ship in Saint John on Sunday, a day after longshoremen refused to cross a protest line.

Dec 24, 2018

Canada's presence in Mali, under the banner of the United Nations, is helping the war-torn country get back on its feet at a faster pace, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insisted during a highly secret, whirlwind visit on Saturday.

Dec 24, 2018

A Canadian military Hercules transport will soon begin once-a-week support missions for UN peacekeeping operations in Africa, General Vance said. Those flights, by a C-130J, will eventually morph to a full-fledged deployment and deliver on the second in a long list of capabilities promised by the Liberal government.

Dec 24, 2018

A Quebec company is offering the Liberal government a second supply ship at a reduced price as it warns about further delays on a similar vessel being built for the Royal Canadian Navy by a firm on the West Coast.

Dec 22, 2018

One of the cargo ships charged with delivering another load of Canadian armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia is due this weekend in Saint John, where the combat machines have been warehoused for months, even as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seeks a way to stop Canada’s arms deal with the Mideast kingdom.

Dec 21, 2018

U.S. Defence Secretary James Mattis, a stabilizing force in President Donald Trump's cabinet, abruptly announced his resignation on Thursday and said Trump should pick a successor whose views align more with his own.

Dec 21, 2018

The country's top military commander is denying any knowledge of defence officials intentionally trying to subvert the federal access to information system by avoiding the use of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's name in internal correspondence.

Dec 20, 2018

Soldiers who took a military-issued anti-malarial drug while deployed overseas are prepared to sue the federal government over concerns that the drug may have caused debilitating mental-health side-effects.

Dec 20, 2018

Donald Trump declared victory over Islamic State, as officials said he’s ordered a full withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria in a sharp reversal of American policy that appeared to take the Pentagon by surprise.

Dec 20, 2018

Saudi Arabia has fallen behind in making payments on its $15-billion arms deal with Canada, a contract that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he’s looking for ways to halt.

Dec 19, 2018

A witness in the case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman testified that government documentation purposely left out the Norman name to ensure that any Access to information and Privacy (ATIP) requests would come up "nil response".

Dec 19, 2018

Russia has deployed its newest chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicle to Syria to operate with military police units patrolling the Idlib de-escalation zone.

Dec 19, 2018

Queen’s University-based researchers are leading Canada’s contribution to an international treatment effort for veterans and military families. The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research is among the agencies researching post-traumatic mental health and treatment for serving military, veterans and their families.

Dec 19, 2018

Global defence expenditure grew by 4.9 percent in 2018, the fastest growth rate since 2008, according to the annual Jane’s Defence Budget report released Tuesday. Canada was ranked 15th in 2017 and 16th in 2018.

Dec 19, 2018

Britain is to rebuild weapon stockpiles, strengthen Joint Forces Command and earmark cash to rapidly innovate as part of a long-awaited defense modernization review revealed Tuesday by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson.

Dec 19, 2018

Federal Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer says the Official Opposition is firmly opposed to any move by the Liberal government to cancel exports of Canadian light-armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia.

Dec 18, 2018

Crown prosecutors have pushed back against suggestions of political interference in Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's criminal case, saying there is no evidence to support such allegations.

Dec 18, 2018

Nothing will make the government reconsider its controversial plan to buy 25 second-hand, 30-year-old fighter jets as a temporary stopgap for its fleet, says Canada’s minister of National Defence.

Dec 18, 2018

Canada is looking for a way out of a $13 billion deal to export armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia – a move the company warns could leave the government liable for billions.

Dec 17, 2018

Italy’s Leonardo has announced a major shakeup of its management structure, which will see three of its seven divisions merged and entrusted to one of the firm’s top British managers, Norman Bone.

Dec 17, 2018

A Canadian military plan to boost the number of fighter pilots through a one-time push using allied training won’t be happening, and instead the number of aviators will be increased gradually over the next seven years using the existing domestic system.

Dec 17, 2018

Spy chiefs from the Five Eyes intelligence network briefed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on two occasions this year about the national-security risk from Chinese high-tech giant Huawei – meetings that took place months before Canada’s arrest of a top Huawei executive severely strained relations with Beijing.

Dec 17, 2018

The Trudeau government says it is trying to find a way to end shipments of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia as Riyadh comes under mounting condemnation for the costly war it’s waging in neighbouring Yemen and the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Dec 14, 2018

Canada’s military has thus far refused to pay the $34,000 for a prosthetic leg for one of its veterans, who lost a limb – and her son – in a devastating accident 12 years ago. So now, a resident of Oshawa, Ont. has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the veteran himself.

Dec 14, 2018

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer questioned the Liberal government why it was not moving ahead with having Davie provide a second supply ship – the Obelix – to the navy. But Prime Minister Trudeau responded that the CAF did an assessment and determined it doesn't need the Obelix.

Dec 14, 2018

As holiday mail pours into Canada’s largest air force base, fewer than 10 clerks of Canadian Forces Postal Service Trenton are on the job. Their mission: to sort, scan and prepare letters and parcels bound for 30 locations where about 2,150 troops are stationed.

Dec 13, 2018

A new Senate Standing Committee report, entitled "Responding to Russian aggression against Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia in the Black Sea" has just been released.

Dec 13, 2018

Lockheed Martin Canada and L3 MAS announced they have joined forces to offer a military aircrew training solution for DND's Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) project.

Dec 13, 2018

A Canadian retailer that caters to military personnel and their families is warning its members to monitor their personal information closely after a "malicious attack" may have exposed credit card numbers and other personal information.

Dec 13, 2018

RCAF Capt. Kimberly Fawcett served her country, deploying twice to Afghanistan as a part of Canada’s war effort. Now Fawcett is fighting her own government, asking the military to pay for a prosthetic limb, after she lost her leg in an accident that wounded her critically and killed her nine-month-old son.

Dec 13, 2018

Canada’s air force is postponing a major exercise next year as it brings in improvements to its fighter jet base in Alberta. Exercise Maple Flag, which was to take place in Cold Lake, Alta., is the premier air force training event that allows pilots to test their skills with scenarios similar to “real-world” operations.

Dec 13, 2018

Federal officials have been collecting thousands of documents – including cabinet secrets – requested by suspended Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's lawyers largely on their own, an Ottawa court heard Wednesday.

Dec 12, 2018

The crew of a Canadian warship in the Pacific had front-row seats to potential violations of UN sanctions against North Korea during a recent patrol in the East China Sea – but was under orders not to intercept any suspicious vessels, the ship's commander says.

Dec 12, 2018

Federal Conservatives stepped up their attack on Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O'Regan today, accusing him of "publicly shaming" a frequent critic of his department during recent testimony before a House of Commons committee.

Dec 12, 2018

The federal government can award a contract to design the country's $60-billion fleet of new warships after a trade tribunal reversed an earlier order not to finish the deal. The Canadian International Trade Tribunal ordered the government last month to postpone awarding the high-stakes design contract until it had a chance to determine whether the deal is kosher.

Dec 11, 2018

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of the Defence unveiled Monday its top three contenders for the planned Type 31e frigate, a scaled down frigate that it wants to be able to both export and buy in numbers to eventually grow the size of the fleet.

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