IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Oct 25, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is looking at suspending the federal permits that allow the export of a massive sale of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia. This after Mr. Trudeau balked at outright cancelling a $15-billion deal to sell weaponized light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, arguing on Tuesday it could cost Canadians as much as $1-billion in charges if Ottawa abrogated the contract.

Oct 24, 2018

Explosive devices and envelopes with "white powder" sent to the homes of former President Barack Obama, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and financier George Soros, as well as to the Manhattan office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, and another package addressed to former CIA director John Brennan but delivered to CNN's NY offices (requiring a full evac of Time Warner building this morning). All were intercepted before reaching the intended recipients.

Oct 24, 2018

Thirty Canadian military members and their families were forced to evacuate their Florida homes and are now living in a hotel after a hurricane ripped through the U.S. air force base where they are stationed.

Oct 24, 2018

Satellites vital to Canadian military operations are vulnerable to cyberattack or even a direct missile strike – just one example of why the country’s defence policy must extend fully into the burgeoning space frontier, an internal Defence Department note warns.

Oct 24, 2018

The U.S. and its NATO allies are teaming up to more closely cooperate on the development and fielding of unmanned maritime systems, according to an agreement signed by the defense heads of 13 NATO allies.

Oct 24, 2018

Losing three major programs over the course of about a month wasn’t an easy pill to swallow for Lockheed Martin. But winning them could have been even more detrimental to the company, resulting in a loss of more than $5 billion, its chief executive said Tuesday.

Oct 23, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it's difficult to break Canada's deal to supply light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia because of the way the contract was negotiated by the previous Conservative government.

Oct 23, 2018

China has inaugurated a new alliance to promote collaboration across its military research, development, and manufacturing enterprises. The National Defence Science and Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance was launched in mid-October and recently publicized by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation.

Oct 23, 2018

As European shipbuilders prepare to transform their nations' rising military budgets into naval power, local priorities are acting as formidable forces against the integration of a fragmented market.

Oct 23, 2018

The case of Vice Admiral Mark Norman was back in the House of Commons on Monday with questions about former journalist James Cudmore and when he was offered a job in Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s office.

Oct 23, 2018

After a series in the Toronto Star on the growing national threat of right-wing extremism – garnering an admission from the Canadian military that neo-Nazis are indeed in uniform – Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan acknowledged the department is taking the issue seriously.

Oct 23, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s willing to freeze exports of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, as the opposition presses the federal government to follow Germany’s lead in suspending military shipments to the kingdom over the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Oct 23, 2018

The Canadian Coast Guard says three "interim" icebreakers that were recently purchased without a competition will be used for the next 15 to 20 years. But, Coast Guard officials are playing down concerns about the state of their aging fleet – and the challenges in building replacements.

Oct 22, 2018

A lack of sailors has meant four British warships have not spent a day at sea in 2018, new data has revealed. A U.K. National Audit Office report in April showed that the British Royal Navy suffered a manpower shortage of 16 per cent in 2016/17.

Oct 22, 2018

Defence Minister Sajjan says the federal Liberal government is taking a wait-and-see approach following the suspected murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi embassy in Turkey.

Oct 22, 2018

The federal government and Lockheed Martin are preparing to launch high-stakes negotiations after the U.S. defence giant was given the first shot at a contract to design Canada’s $60-billion fleet of new warships.

Oct 22, 2018

The Trump administration is moving to abandon the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, per multiple reports, removing a key arms control treaty between the United States and Russia.

Oct 22, 2018

Germany is freezing arms exports to Saudi Arabia as Riyadh faces a growing chorus of international condemnation over the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate and near-universal disbelief over the kingdom’s shifting explanations for his death.

Oct 21, 2018

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is urging Ottawa to cancel a $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. “We’ve got a regime which has got a serious record of horrible human rights violations against its own people,” Singh told CTV News.

Oct 20, 2018

DND says Canadian fighter jets in Romania have intercepted a Russian military aircraft that was approaching NATO airspace over the Black Sea. Two CF-18s were scrambled Thursday after NATO detected the Russian SU-27 Flanker operating near Romania, where Canada has had five fighter jets and 135 military personnel.

Oct 19, 2018

The Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. have identified Lockheed Martin Canada Inc. as the preferred bidder to provide the design and design team for the Royal Canadian Navy’s future Canadian Surface Combatants.

Oct 19, 2018

Canada's top general is taking no comfort from the fact that the number of sexual assaults reported to military authorities more than doubled last year, after suggestions the increase represented a sign of progress in the fight against such behaviour.

Oct 19, 2018

President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to deploy the military and close the southern U.S. border if Mexico does not halt a caravan of Central America migrants heading north, raising the risk of huge disruptions to trade.

Oct 19, 2018

Canada’s top general is overhauling military morale-boosting tours after an internal investigation uncovered the extent of the problems with a 2017 trip to Latvia that resulted in a sexual-assault charge against a former NHL player.

Oct 19, 2018

Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan, a former detective with the Vancouver police, sat down with Postmedia News to discuss how legalization will affect the Canadian Armed Forces and the broader impacts it will have on Canadian society.

Oct 19, 2018

Defence industry officials are preparing for an announcement Friday revealing the “preferred bidder” for the $60 billion Canadian Surface Combatant program. Irving Shipbuilding and PSPC are expected to name the consortium which scored the highest with their bid to provide the 15 new warships for the Royal Canadian Navy.

Oct 19, 2018

The three top officials in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province were killed when their own guards opened fire on them at a security conference Thursday, the deputy provincial governor said, and a Taliban spokesman said the target was Washington’s top general in Afghanistan, Scott Miller, who escaped without injury, according to NATO.

Oct 19, 2018

Cyber threats to Canada’s federal election in 2019 are coming fast and furious, surprising even the intelligence agency tasked with monitoring and combating the issue, and politicians and political parties are the target, a House of Commons committee heard on Thursday.

Oct 18, 2018
In the face of new challenges, Germany is recommitting itself to the Nato alliance. But what will playing a more central military role mean to a country that has often been accused of reluctance about its armed forces?
Oct 18, 2018

In a surprise announcement, U.S. President Donald Trump has called for government spending to be cut 5 percent across every federal department, leaving next year’s military budget in confusion.

Oct 18, 2018

The goal of intelligence-driven defence is a positive feedback loop. Lockheed uses the "cyber kill chain" framework for its intelligence gathering. “Kill chain” is military jargon for all the steps you need to take to perform a mission, from gathering reconnaissance to launching a weapon to assessing the damage.

Oct 18, 2018

Pressure is growing on the European Union and its member states to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia following the alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Oct 18, 2018
Trudeau declined to answer any of the 24 questions Conservative MPs put to him on the Norman matter, insisting it would be ‘inappropriate’ to weigh in.
Oct 17, 2018

Canada's former ambassador to Saudi Arabia – who was expelled from the country this summer after Ottawa had a falling out with Riyadh over human rights – has delivered a blunt, tenacious defence of the $15 billion deal to sell light armoured vehicles to the kingdom.

Oct 17, 2018

After a fuel tube problem sidelined all operational F-35 aircraft last week, more than 80 percent of jets have been cleared to return to flight, the F-35 joint program office announced.

Oct 17, 2018

Efforts are underway by Irving Shipbuilding to convince the federal government to build two more Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships at its Halifax yard. Irving also wants all Halifax-class frigate maintenance work to remain with the yard in Nova Scotia.

Oct 17, 2018

Canada's most expensive military project is entering a critical new phase as the government is on the verge of picking its top design for the country's $60-billion fleet of new warships. Defence insiders say the government wants to select a design by the end of the month.

Oct 17, 2018

The federal government will announce on Wednesday morning that it intends to proceed with a plan to grant pardons to Canadians who have past simple possession charges.

Oct 17, 2018

The actions of Canada’s top soldier could soon be under a microscope as the case of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman proceeds towards trial. Among the documents Norman’s lawyers are seeking are records of exactly what General Jon Vance told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about Norman’s alleged involvement in a leak of classified information.

Oct 16, 2018

The man who led Canada’s troops in Afghanistan said the Canadian peacekeeping mission in Mali has no prospect of immediate success. "The political overtones and what’s going on in this country and this mission are ugly,” retired Major-General David Fraser said on Monday.

Oct 16, 2018

The criminal case facing the military's former second-in-command moved from the legal to the political arena Monday as the Conservative opposition accused the Liberal government of blocking Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's right to a fair trial.

Oct 16, 2018

Details are scarce, but reports indicate multiple F-22s, which cost some $150 million each, may have been wrecked at Florida's Tyndall Air Base. Tyndall is located east of Panama City, near the point where the deadly storm made landfall, and a number of jets were left in hangars as the Category 4 storm rolled in.

Oct 16, 2018
When Vice-Admiral Norman’s case comes to court next August, it is likely that Liberal MP Scott Brison’s reputation will be dragged through the mire too.
Oct 15, 2018

The 2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group began distributing the C-19, the new Canadian Ranger service rifle, to its 25 patrols in Quebec on Saturday. Distribution of the rifles started in Waskaganish, James Bay, according to the Canadian Rangers.

Oct 15, 2018

China’s official state-run media has confirmed the designation of the country’s newest long-range strategic bomber, with analysts speculating that the prototype is expected to make its first flight soon.

Oct 15, 2018

The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP) announced Friday what they are calling two substantive reviews of government national security and intelligence activities. The findings will be published in NSICOP’s first annual report.

Oct 15, 2018

Shipbuilders at Halifax's Irving Shipyard have launched a campaign to keep their work in Nova Scotia, as concerns mount over the possibility of repair work on Halifax-class navy ships being transferred to Davie Shipbuilding in Quebec.

Oct 15, 2018

Lawyers for Vice-Admiral Mark Norman have served notice they intend to probe the actions of one of the Liberal government’s top cabinet ministers as they try to clear the name of the naval officer accused of leaking confidential information.

Oct 15, 2018

The criminal investigation into the alleged leak of cabinet secrets over a multi-million dollar shipbuilding program almost three years ago did not stop with Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, as the RCMP confirmed Sunday the probe is ongoing.

Oct 12, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump signaled for the second time in 24 hours he would oppose stopping arms sales to Saudi Arabia even if its government was found to have murdered a Saudi journalist.

Oct 12, 2018

Exercise ARDENT DEFENDER staged two counter-explosive threat scenarios in Meaford, ON, on October 10 and 11 as police and military personnel from a number of organizations tested their skills in dealing with explosive threats.

Oct 12, 2018

In a letter to the Prime Minister, two influential member of the U.S. Senate select intelligence committee warn that inadequate safety measures put Canadian national security and "Five Eyes" joint intelligence co-operation at risk.

Oct 12, 2018

The U.S. military has grounded its entire fleet of F-35s in the wake of one of the planes crashing in South Carolina two weeks ago. As a result of an initial investigation, the 245 F-35s being used in the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps will be grounded in an operational pause.

Oct 12, 2018

Police forces across Canada are developing very different policies to ensure officers are not impaired on duty. Meanwhile, the Canadian military is allowing marijuana use in Canada within eight hours of reporting for duty, with exceptions for ammunition handlers and equipment operators.

Oct 12, 2018

Halifax and Irving Shipbuilders used the slogan "Ships Start Here” to win a large part of Canada's government shipbuilding. Now signs saying “Ships Stay Here” are appearing around Halifax, in support of a campaign to keep shipbuilding work from going to Quebec.

Oct 12, 2018

Muhammad Ali wants to return to Canada after years of fighting alongside ISIS in the middle east. If Canada allows him to come home, should be face criminal charges?

Oct 11, 2018

U.S. foreign military sales totalled to $55.66 billion in 2018, a 33 per cent increase compared to the nearly $42 billion in weapons sold in 2017, the Defence Cooperation Agency announced.

Oct 11, 2018

British Defence Minister Stuart Andrew this week called on hundreds of defence companies to help the military respond to emerging threats as quickly as possible, calling them the ‘unsung heroes’ behind the Armed Forces.

Oct 11, 2018

In an unprecedented series of developments that one former officer says represents a crisis in leadership in the Canadian Army Reserve, the military has in the last several months removed one reserve-unit commanding officer, temporarily suspended another and accepted the resignation of a third.

Oct 11, 2018

An assessment by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says the security situation in Mali has worsened over the past three months and demand for food and other assistance has gone up. Canadian peacekeepers have only flown two medical evacuations since becoming operational in early August.

Oct 11, 2018

Three new small surveillance aircraft could cost Canada $140 million more than the military's original estimate of up to $249 million. The Beechcraft King Air planes will carry sensors and equipment to intercept cell phone and other electronic transmissions and support Canadian missions overseas and in Canada.

Oct 10, 2018

For years, drones have been pushing the limits of military capability, and is now on the cusp of going mainstream. There are certain inflection points when any new technology goes from being perpetually in the "near future" to being a part of everyday life, and that time is now.

Oct 10, 2018

For a deadly high-stakes game of nuclear submarine hide-and-seek you can turn to a Tom Clancy thriller. Or a newspaper. But not, alas, Canada’s Department of National Defence, says John Robson.

Oct 10, 2018

In seven years, the North Warning System is expected to be obsolete. The Canadian and U.S. governments are trying to figure out how to upgrade the radars for modern times – opening the door that the sensors could be plugged in to the Pentagon’s missile defence system as well as be modernized so they can track a new generation of Russian cruise missiles.

Oct 10, 2018

Ralph Goodale, Canada's public safety minister told reporters that gathering information about citizens returning from service with foreign terror organizations is a top priority.

Oct 10, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has ordered the Air Force and Navy to get mission capable rates for four key tactical aircraft up above 80 percent by the end of next September, a daunting challenge given the current readiness rates of America’s fighter fleets.

Oct 10, 2018

With legal marijuana a week away the Canadian Police Association asks why some forces are imposing strict limits on off-duty cannabis consumption. Calgary police service rules would effectively prohibit any marijuana use for most officers.

Oct 10, 2018

Canada and Mexico signed on Tuesday what is being called a defence co-operation arrangement. The arrangement will provide a mechanism to further collaborate in a number of key areas, including defence education, training, and capacity building, defence materiel, peace support operations and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Oct 10, 2018

The federal government is looking to extend the amount of time that officials have to respond to veterans seeking various different types of benefits and support for their service-related injuries.

Oct 09, 2018

A naval row has broken out over the home location of Britain’s new Type 26 frigates, with Portsmouth’s council leader accusing the government of breaking its promise to the city. He said the government had failed to keep its promise to support defence work in the city, after the announcement that all eight of the new Type-26 frigates will be based in Plymouth.

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