IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Apr 13, 2016

Approximately 500 Canadian Army Reserve Force soldiers from 31 Canadian Brigade Group (31 CBG) will practice their combat skills from April 15 to 17, 2016, at the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre in Meaford, Ontario, as a part of Exercise ARROWHEAD CALM 2016.

Apr 13, 2016

The US Air Force (USAF) has deployed its premier air defence fighter to Europe for only the second time as part of ongoing regional reassurance measures taking place throughout the continent in the face of a resurgent Russia.

Apr 13, 2016

The United Kingdom has taken delivery of its fourth and final pre-operational Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told IHS Jane's on 12 April.

Apr 13, 2016

The Canadian government will spend $133 million over the next five years for new technologies to improve surveillance of the Arctic. Defence Research and Development Canada, the military’s science organization, is coordinating the surveillance research.

Apr 12, 2016

Canadian soldiers aired concerns about the sexual abuse of children in Afghanistan by Afghan personnel – medics even treated minors for injuries suffered in the assaults – according to a new report that concludes the military failed to effectively deal with the issue.

Apr 12, 2016

At least one senior Royal Canadian Air Force officer is under investigation by the military police unit that probes major crimes for alleged negligence relating to a deadly helicopter crash six years ago in Afghanistan.

Apr 12, 2016

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion in early April quietly issued export permits for the bulk of the shipments tied to a controversial $15-billion sale of combat vehicles to Saudi Arabia, a crucial green light for the deal that critics of the transaction thought had already been granted.

Apr 12, 2016

The Canadian military spent $209 million on a high-tech weapons simulator but never fully used used it. Despite that, the army is now looking to spend up to $249 million on a new, similar system.

Apr 12, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has headed off a potentially divisive debate by declaring the Liberal government will not privatize military search and rescue.

Apr 11, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has defended Canada for bringing up the rear in terms of military spending among NATO members, after U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump and a number of U.S. senators recently slammed the alliance for being full of “free riders.”

Apr 11, 2016

A colonel from North Korea’s military spy agency fled to South Korea last year in an unusual case of a senior-level defection, Seoul officials said Monday.

Apr 11, 2016

Air Task Force-Romania has started its return from Constanta, Romania, to Canadian Forces Base Bagotville, Quebec, upon completion of Exercise RESILIENT RESOLVE.

Apr 11, 2016

HMCS Vancouver made history recently as it became the first modernized Canadian frigate to successfully test surface-to-surface missiles against a shore-based target, utilizing the Harpoon Block II surface-to-surface missiles.

Apr 08, 2016

Mohamed Abrini, wanted over November's Islamic State attacks in Paris, has been arrested in Brussels, Belgian public broadcaster VRT said on Friday, adding that he was probably involved in last month's Brussels bombings.

Apr 08, 2016

Two people were killed in an apparent murder-suicide at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio on Friday that triggered a lockdown at the facility, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office said.

Apr 08, 2016

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley sounded the alarm that the US Army is currently in a state of “high risk” when it comes to being ready enough to defend the nation and respond to a large conflict.

Apr 08, 2016

The 2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group will be hosting a national Canadian Ranger Basic Military Indoctrination pilot-course from April 10 to 16, 2016, at the Farnham Garrison in Quebec.

Apr 08, 2016

Taxpayers footed a $2,600 bill so a Conservative minister could bid farewell to public servants at Veterans Affairs Canada shortly after the federal election.

Apr 08, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the Liberal government is “absolutely” committed to the Canadian Armed Forces, but that need – not want – will decide the size of the military and what kind of equipment it fields.

Apr 07, 2016

A crew member of HMCS Charlottetown based in Halifax is under investigation for allegedly storing classified information on his personal network and breaching military security protocols earlier this year.

Apr 07, 2016

The British Army has unveiled a new rapid reaction field hospital that can be flown anywhere in the world and then be put up to start operating on battlefield casualties in only 16 hours.

Apr 07, 2016

Despite tight budgets at the Pentagon, the U.S. Navy wants to speed-up several shipbuilding programs – amphibious warships, destroyers, and submarines – and Congress seems inclined to give them the money.

Apr 07, 2016

The House of Commons defence committee will hold closed-door hearings on the state of security at Canadian military bases, The Canadian Press has learned.

Apr 07, 2016

Christyn Cianfarani, president of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), has pledged CADSI's support and expertise to the advisory panel to Canada’s Defence Review.

Apr 07, 2016

Defence Minister Sajjan has announced the launch of public consultations as part of an open and transparent dialogue with Canadians and key stakeholders to inform the development of a new defence policy for Canada. This marks the first public consultation of this magnitude on Canadian defence policy in over 20 years.

Apr 06, 2016

This 51-year-old RCAF Hercules landed at it's new home, the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, yesterday. Its new mission: to help educate visitors about its long history of service in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Photo: DND has donated its last C-130E to the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum smokes minimal rubber on touchdown just outside the museum on a 3,300-foot runway managed by the Rockcliffe Flying Club. (photo by Ken Pole)

Apr 06, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will announce today the beginning of public consultations on the country’s new defence policy. Minister Sajjan says he wants to have the policy completed by the end of the year

Apr 06, 2016

A new UN panel report says a shipment of armoured personnel carriers to Libya from a Canadian-owned company’s Mideast facilities several years ago violated an international arms embargo – an incident that raises questions about how extensively Ottawa should be policing the defence and military trade conducted by its citizens abroad.

Apr 05, 2016

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) has launched an advocacy campaign to challenge a recent court ruling that classifies Canadian Armed Forces veterans on a supplementary reserve as public servants even though they receive no compensation or benefits from the government for being on the list.

Apr 05, 2016

The fall from grace for a former Canadian Forces major who swindled more than $65,000 from a school in one of the city’s wealthiest neighbourhood’s was completed in an Ottawa courtroom Monday.

Apr 05, 2016

Canada's top general says there's no end in sight in the battle against ISIS, and Canadians should prepare for news of casualties now that Canada has stepped up its mission on the ground in Iraq and Syria.

Apr 05, 2016

The U.S. Navy has confiscated a cache of weapons that it believes was being transported from Iran to Houthi rebels in Yemen, marking at least the third time in two months that such a shipment was stopped, Navy officials said.

Apr 05, 2016

Canadian military personnel at one of Quebec’s largest bases are being warned they could face charges if they hit the “like” button on certain material posted on social media.

Apr 05, 2016

The Chilean resupply ship Almirante Montt arrived at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt today as part of the short-term Mutual Logistic Support Arrangement between the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Chilean Navy.

Apr 04, 2016

The UK Royal Air Force is to field as a separate air defence force the Tranche 1 Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft that are to be retained in service beyond their original retirement date.

Apr 04, 2016

Months after a damning report found the Canadian Forces was fostering a “toxic” culture towards women and LGBT members, the new offices for the Department of National Defence will have gender-neutral toilets, iPolitics has learned.

Apr 04, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the threat of a nuclear terror attack on Canada is lower than it was five or six years ago, and that he sees it as a “modest success” that groups like ISIS haven’t gotten their hands on more dangerous weapons.

Apr 04, 2016

Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army, and Chief Warrant Officer Alain Guimond, Canadian Army Sergeant Major, announced changes to the General Officer Rank Insignia.

Apr 04, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan wrapped up a successful visit to Australia and New Zealand last Friday, where he met with his counterparts to discuss a number of security and defence issues of common interest and further strengthen bilateral defence relationships.

Apr 01, 2016

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Fredericton begins operations in the Black Sea today as part of Operation REASSURANCE, the Canadian Armed Forces’ ongoing mission to promote security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe. 

Apr 01, 2016

Operation Nunalivut 2016, the Canadian Armed Forces annual joint training operation in the High Arctic, will take place in and around Resolute Bay and Alert, Nunavut from April 1-22.  

Apr 01, 2016

Every two years, apparently, the Department of Finance announces that Canada’s system for procuring military equipment is under-performing. Sadly, this is a reoccurring theme.

Apr 01, 2016

A memorial to fallen Canadian troops that was once at Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan will be rebuilt in the west end of Ottawa by the summer of next year.

Apr 01, 2016

Canada's military ombudsman is being bombarded daily with complaints from retiring soldiers over delays in receiving pension cheques — a problem Gary Walbourne says will only get worse with looming changes to the federal bureaucracy.

Apr 01, 2016

Defence planners hope "X" marks the spot for the sailor-strained Royal Canadian Navy as the military has embarked on a set of experiments aboard existing frigates aimed at reducing crew sizes on its future warships.

Apr 01, 2016

Public Services and Procurement Canada has issued a notice that the National War Memorial, located at the intersection of Elgin and Wellington streets in Ottawa, will be inaccessible from the second week of April 2016 until early November 2016.

Mar 31, 2016

In PMO news today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commented on the retirement of his National Security Advisor, Richard Fadden, who retires after 39 years of public service. The PM also announced the appointment of a new Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary to Cabinet.

Mar 31, 2016

Against a backdrop of global concern over the smuggling of nuclear materials, Canada will take a prominent seat at the table today at the international Nuclear Security Summit in Washington as 53 nations gather to discuss nuclear terrorism in a world threatened by ISIS.

Mar 31, 2016

The Liberal government shares the same convictions as its Conservative predecessor in the realm of foreign policy, but it assesses the consequences of those convictions differently, said Stéphane Dion, the foreign affairs minister, in a major speech this week.

Mar 31, 2016

The former commander of the country’s special forces says no matter how many “sunny ways” there are in Canada, the reality of the world outside is that people continue to kill people and that is something the nation needs to understand.

Mar 30, 2016

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Summerside and Saskatoon assisted in the seizure of almost 700 kg of cocaine while on patrol in the Caribbean Sea and the eastern Pacific Ocean while participating on Operation CARIBBE.

Mar 30, 2016

Justin Trudeau will be among the world leaders gathering in Washington to contemplate the spine-tingling scenario of terrorists getting hold of nuclear weapons.

Mar 30, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used strong language in condemning the Islamic State in a television interview Tuesday. "The so-called Islamic State are terrorists, criminals, thugs, murderers of innocents and children and there's a lot of labels for them," Trudeau told Global Television in Calgary.

Mar 30, 2016

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion is defending a controversial $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia by saying cancelling it would be a futile gesture because another country would simply supply the combat vehicles to Riyadh instead.

Mar 30, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan received severance pay from the military after winning his seat in the Oct. 19 election, disclosures to Canada’s ethics commissioner show.

Mar 30, 2016

The Defence Department doesn’t know how many private contractors it is paying to repair vehicles and other army equipment, while at the same time it spends millions of dollars buying parts for equipment that could be obsolete or it plans to dispose of, according to a newly released audit.

Mar 30, 2016

Last a month, a video surfaced online of one of Russia’s more advanced tanks facing off against a small team of Syrian rebels armed with a U.S.-made anti-tank missile in the suburbs of Aleppo.

Mar 29, 2016

In a paper from the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Tom Ring, PWGSC's former Assistant Deputy Minister, Acquisitions Branch, discusses the logic behind the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, reviews the principles behind the successful selection process, assesses what the shipyards and Canada received in setting out the strategic partnership, and where things stand today.

Mar 29, 2016

The US State Department has approved the sale of nine Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to the United Kingdom, it was announced on 25 March.

Mar 29, 2016

A decade after government officials passed around his confidential medical files in what appeared to be an effort to discredit him, veterans’ advocate Sean Bruyea has successfully defended a master’s thesis calling upon Ottawa to do more to assist retiring soldiers as they transition to civilian life.

Mar 28, 2016

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair says Brussels-style attacks will continue unless strategy changes and local allies fighting ISIL should be offered "active, on-the-ground, military support".

Mar 28, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his condolences to those affected by a bombing in a Pakistan park that killed dozens of people Sunday. Police officials in Lahore, an eastern Pakistani city bordering India, said that Christian families were celebrating Easter in Gulshan-e-Iqbal park when an explosion was set off near a children's play area.

Mar 28, 2016

Goodbye to the Conservatives' regular chest-thumping announcements that a new day was dawning for a threadbare military — and hello to the Liberals as their finance minister, Bill Morneau, does exactly what the late Jim Flaherty did for the Tories when he had the job.

Mar 28, 2016

Saudi Arabia has “bought the silence” of Western countries by awarding them lucrative contracts to supply it with military and civilian goods, a senior policy adviser to Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion wrote shortly before he was hired last month.

Mar 25, 2016

U.S. forces killed a senior Islamic State leader, among several key members of the militant group eliminated this week, Defence Secretary Ash Carter said Friday.

Mar 24, 2016

Iraq's armed forces started an offensive against Islamic State (IS) in the northerly Nineveh province on Thursday, in what was described as the first stage of an operation aimed at liberating the key city of Mosul.

Mar 24, 2016

A 50-year-old Chinese man has pleaded guilty to being involved in a plot to hack into systems containing sensitive US military data. Su Bin, a Chinese resident, was arrested while working in Canada in 2014.

Mar 24, 2016

Republicans really do seem worried that U.S. weapons are so old, new gear so rare and training dollars so short that U.S. troops may soon begin paying the ultimate price for the military’s creaky state after 15 years of war.

Mar 24, 2016

The Islamic State group has trained at least 400 fighters to target Europe in deadly waves of attacks, deploying interlocking terror cells like the ones that struck Brussels and Paris with orders to choose the time, place and method for maximum chaos, officials have told The Associated Press.

Mar 24, 2016

The Liberal government says Canada is not at war with Islamic militants — a view not shared by ally France. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion rejected the "at war" label just one day after the bombings in Brussels that killed more than 30 people and injured 270.

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