IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Mar 13, 2019

Lawrence MacAulay is Canada's fifth veterans affairs minister of this government, and the 18th from the time of the Chretien government, notes Sean Bruyea. Whereas the defence and finance files have been steered by just one minister each under Trudeau, Veterans Affairs has been practically a revolving door.

Mar 13, 2019

Two of the three companies that competed for a federal contract to deliver job placement services for Canada's veterans were disqualified for "not having sufficient experience" – even though one of them was doing the work already for Veterans Affairs, according to CBC News.

Mar 12, 2019

DND has recently confirmed to Jane's Defence Weekly the receipt of all 500 Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles (TAPVs) under order from Textron Systems Canada. The last vehicle was delivered in December 2018.

Mar 12, 2019

The British Gliding Association has now advised its members to issue special notices to other aviators when flying in large groups after a pair of US Air Force F-15 fighter jets, flying at 380mph, came within a split second of smashing into a glider.

Mar 12, 2019

Vincent Joyce, founder and former curator of the Pictou County Military Mueseum, has received the prestigious Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General of Canada. Only 40 people in Canada receive this each year.

Mar 12, 2019

In defiance of President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday invited NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to address a joint meeting of Congress to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the trans-Atlantic alliance.

Mar 12, 2019

Federal Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan was at CFB Gagetown Monday to take a look at the 37 new logistics trucks that were delivered to the base last fall.

Mar 11, 2019

Russia will continue to confront the US and its allies across the domains of the modern battlespace but will actively aim to prevent war according to a speech given by Russia's Chief of the General Staff, General Valery Gerasimov, at Russia's Academy of Military Sciences in Moscow on 4 March.

Mar 11, 2019

China, Ethiopia and Indonesia have grounded all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft while a number of airlines across the world are carrying out safety measures on the jets following the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday that killed all 157 people on board.

Mar 11, 2019

The Royal Canadian Air Force launched a "major search and rescue operation" on Saturday for a Kapuskasing, Ont., couple who went missing during a helicopter flight this week.

Mar 11, 2019

The CAF says it is bringing in new initiatives to boost the numbers of pilots. At a House of Commons defence committee meeting recently, the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, LGen Paul Wynnyk, pointed out the issue of pilots who are assigned to staff jobs but who want to keep flying.

Mar 08, 2019

The Federal Court of Canada has dismissed a request by SNC-Lavalin to review a federal prosecutor’s decision declining to settle criminal charges against the company out of court.

Mar 08, 2019

The government announced yesterday more than $920,000 in federal funding over three years, starting in 2018, to the Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada under the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund.

Mar 08, 2019

A “loyal wingman” drone designed to carry weapons, jam radars, and if need be take a hit and die to save their human commander, made its first flight earlier this week. The XQ-58A Valkyrie was built by Kratos, a mid-sized defence firm with big ambitions for the drone market.

Mar 08, 2019

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, says that the British Army must demand both mental and physical fitness if it wants to legitimately claim to "be the best", and he suggests it has been slow to implement full mental health training.

Mar 08, 2019

It's a mystery. How did a collection of photographs taken by Canadian LCol Frank Campbell during the Vietnam War, a collection that represents a 'treasure trove of Canadian military history, end up in a Goodwill donation pile in the Ontario town of Port Colborne?

Mar 08, 2019

Despite repeated promises to fix the mess, the number of veterans waiting to find out whether they qualify for disability benefits has continued to grow, and there are fears the turmoil will only worsen in the coming weeks.

Mar 07, 2019

Due to the prevailing security situation between India and Pakistan, the scheduled Pak-Canada Bilateral Political Consultations in Ottawa were postponed, and an hour-long phone discussion held in the meantime.

Mar 07, 2019

Chinese hackers have targeted over two dozen universities in the US and Canada in an apparent bid to steal key maritime military research, The Wall Street Journal has reported. All the universities targeted, either studied underwater technology or had faculty with relevant backgrounds.

Mar 07, 2019

Able Seaman (AB) Yvette Yong of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has been named International Military Female Athlete of the Year by the International Military Sports Council (the second largest multi-sport discipline organization in the world).

Mar 07, 2019

The Canadian Forces are considering whether to recruit elite special-forces soldiers straight off the street rather than forcing them to follow the traditional route of first spending several years in the military.

Mar 07, 2019

Canada’s current military procurement models and levels of industry-government cooperation have not kept pace with the unprecedented “speed of cyber” and could compromise national security if left unaddressed, a new report from the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries concludes.

Mar 07, 2019

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's lawyer is threatening to call Gerald Butts and Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick to testify in open court if they don't produce a series of documents that she says are essential to defend her client.

Mar 06, 2019

Terry Glavin writes that "the flag is still flying on government buildings […] and all those other little things Canadians take for granted are still being attended to. They carry on in their delightfully banal ways despite a troubling finding that two-thirds of Canadians say PM Justin Trudeau has lost the moral authority to govern."

Mar 06, 2019

President Vladimir Putin urged Russia’s top domestic security agency on Wednesday to tighten its protection of information related to new weapons and other sensitive data. In a speech to the FSB, Putin said foreign spies have intensified their efforts to get access to Russia’s secrets.

Mar 06, 2019

A Cyclone helicopter damaged during a "hard landing" on Asterix,  the Canadian naval supply ship, has been repaired and tests are being conducted. Asterix and HMCS Regina were operating in the Pacific at the time of the incident, and were diverted to Guam so repairs could be made to the helicopter.

Mar 06, 2019

A federal procurement official, accused of leaking cabinet secrets, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a single charge of breach of trust. Matthew Matchett was charged as part of the same RCMP investigation that ensnared the military's former second-in-command, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.

Mar 06, 2019

Adding another strange wrinkle to Canada-China relations, a Chinese official who oversaw research on his country’s burgeoning naval-submarine fleet has been placed under arrest in China and accused of illegally obtaining Canadian citizenship.

Mar 05, 2019

Philpott's letter of resignation includes "remarkably blunt criticism of the Trudeau government" and "leaves virtually no room for interpretation or spin.

Mar 05, 2019

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, announced the list of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Colonel and Captain(Navy) retirements, appointments, and promo­tions, for 2019.

Mar 05, 2019

Students in the Lakeland Catholic School District (LCSD), an area that includes CFB Cold Lake, will now have the opportunity to learn about the Canadian military and its history. The District's board of trustees voted last week to approve a military studies course for Grades 10 to 12 starting this fall.

Mar 05, 2019

There is an urgent need to fund the Canadian Coast Guard adequately so that it has the necessary resources to provide essential services in the Canadian Arctic at a time when the maritime activity is on the increase. So says Col(ret) Pierre Leblanc in an opinion piece in The Maritime Executive.

Mar 05, 2019

Saudi Arabia expects Canada to go ahead with a $15-billion arms deal that would see armoured vehicles sold to the kingdom, its minister of state for foreign affairs said Monday. However, Global Affairs Canada is saying that “no final decision is being made.”

Mar 04, 2019

The federal government will invest billions of dollars less in new military equipment than promised this year, raising concerns about the readiness of the Canadian Forces and the prospect that Canada will fall short on another NATO spending target.

Mar 04, 2019

Canada’s Armed Forces are in Lebanon training troops in basic winter warfare which will allow them to better protect their borders. The training is aimed to help the Lebanese Armed Forces improve their basic military capabilities such as patrolling, skiing and mountaineering, tying knots and ascending and rappelling.

Mar 04, 2019

South Korea and the U.S. are eliminating their massive springtime military drills and replacing them with smaller exercises as part of efforts to support diplomacy aimed at resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Mar 04, 2019

Elements of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment from Petawawa were in Africa taking part in the annual U.S.-led Exercise Flintlock, which is part of Canada’s commitment to counter-terrorism and capacity-building in the Sahel region. Canada’s participation started in Burkina Faso on Feb. 18 and went until March 1.

Mar 04, 2019

The federal government is cutting its losses and walking away from the fire-ravaged Louis St. Laurent Building in Gatineau, Que. DND was one of the building's tenants, and while its lease has since expired, it was required to carry out repairs after the fire.

Mar 04, 2019

Three federal ministers have new job titles Friday morning as part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's efforts to shuffle his cabinet to fill the vacancy created by Jody Wilson-Raybould's resignation. P.E.I. MP Lawrence MacAulay will take over in Veterans Affairs; Marie-Claude Bibeau, was handed the agriculture file; and Maryam Monsef will take on international development as part of her duties as Minister for Women and Gender Equality.

Mar 04, 2019

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman is one of only three individuals over the past two years whose request to the DND for financial help with legal bills was rejected. The department received requests from 41 military officers and public servants over the past two years to cover their legal bills and is doing so for 38.

Mar 01, 2019

President Donald Trump showered praised on troops and touted the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling when Air Force One made a refuelling stop Thursday in Alaska as the president returned from Asia.

Mar 01, 2019

The Canadian navy's stock of survival suits, which allow submariners to escape in an emergency from a sunken boat, has been thrown a lifeline after much of the equipment had reached its expiry date, federal documents reveal.

Mar 01, 2019

Buying used Australian fighter jets to buttress the RCAF is expected to cost taxpayers as much as $1.1 billion over the next dozen or more years, the Parliamentary Budget Office said Thursday. That estimate, in a new analysis, is 22 per cent higher than figures presented by the Department of National Defence.

Feb 28, 2019

The British armed forces should stop recruiting children and raise the age at which people can join to 18, health experts have said. The UK is the only permanent member of the UN security council to allow 16-year-olds into the army and is alone in the practice among European countries.

Feb 28, 2019

An international research laboratory to push naval and maritime innovation in Australia is to be founded in Adelaide by France’s Naval Group and the key French national science research organization CNRS together with 14 Australian companies, universities, R&D institutes and various government bodies.

Feb 28, 2019

The opening of the Arctic and the stirring of Russian and Chinese interest along the U.S. and Canadian northern borders is a major worry for the top officer at U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Feb 28, 2019

Seven of a former Supreme Court justice's 10 recommendations to stamp out sexual misconduct in the Canadian military are "not yet fully achieved" – four years after the judge's landmark report shook the institution to its foundations.

Feb 28, 2019

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is urging India and Pakistan to “exercise maximum restraint” as tensions over the disputed Kashmir region mount. Freeland issued a statement Wednesday afternoon calling on both countries to “avoid any further military escalation” following Pakistan’s shooting down of two Indian military aircraft in response to Indian airstrikes.

Feb 27, 2019

A 20-year member of the Canadian Armed Forces who was deployed to Afghanistan and Bosnia has been identified as the military member found deceased at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick. Warrant Officer Mark Boychuck, 41, was found dead at the military base on Monday.

Feb 27, 2019

Under pointed questioning from senators, the top U.S. general for homeland defence said Tuesday that he sees no military threat coming from the southern border with Mexico, but his focus is on “very real” threats from China and Russia.

Feb 26, 2019

The sixth annual Okanagan Military Tattoo will be back in Vernon, BC, again this summer. As usual, the event will be held at Kal Tire Place in Vernon on July 27 – 28. It will be a combination of traditional military pomp and circumstance as well as a civilian component with bands, ethnic dancers, and song.

Feb 26, 2019

A spokesperson for 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown says military police are investigating after a person was found dead there Monday morning.

Feb 26, 2019

One of the United States’ most steadfast allies, seen widely as a lynchpin of security in the Asia-Pacific region, is in the process of recapitalizing its own air power capabilities and developing a local defense industry that it hopes will be globally competitive in the near future.

Feb 26, 2019

Several property developers and business owners are taking a renewed interest in Bells Corners, a community in West Ottawa, attracted in part by development incentives and the growing presence of the nearby Department of National Defence headquarters.

Feb 26, 2019

Ukraine is asking Canada to send a "strong signal" to Russia by extending and expanding the Canadian military's training mission there. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Ukrainian Ambassador Andriy Shevchenko expressed confidence that Canada would renew the military mission, whose mandate is up at the end of March.

Feb 25, 2019

Military members from across Canada have gathered at CFB Edmonton to take part in a classic tournament. The 2019 Canadian Armed Forces National Men’s Hockey Championship began Saturday afternoon. Four teams – Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic—will compete for the title.

Feb 25, 2019

Top U.S. defence officials have toured sections of the U.S.-Mexico border to see how the military could reinforce efforts to block drug smuggling and other illegal activity. The Pentagon is weighing the diversion of billions of dollars for President Donald Trump’s border wall.

Feb 25, 2019

The government is looking to develop a road map for the modernization of RCAF fighter aircraft training ranges, and to allow for the creation of what it is calling Live-Virtual-Constructive training and experimental environments. Details of the proposed procurement were released last week to industry.

Feb 25, 2019

Two more senior army officers in Ontario have been removed from their jobs, bringing the total of those forced to relinquish command of their units to five in the past year.

Feb 23, 2019

Lawyers for Vice-Admiral Mark Norman are zeroing in on five top government officials – including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his former top aide Gerald Butts – as they prepare a motion to have the criminal case tossed out of court next month.

Feb 22, 2019

A Saskatchewan First Nation is taking a big step into the military sector with a $1 million contract. Pro Metal Industries is now the first completely Indigenous-owned company to become a supplier for General Dynamics Land Systems. The company will fabricate and machine components for GDLS’s light armoured vehicles.

Feb 22, 2019

Australia has launched its third annual military sales catalogue as part of wider efforts to increase defence exports, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra has announced. The catalogue showcases world-leading Australian defence industry products, services, and technology available for export to foreign governments, the DoD said.

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.

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