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IN THE NEWS

Mar 23, 2016

The horrifying images from Belgium on Tuesday, with travellers covered in blood while smoke billowed around them, have become so familiar to us that we risk becoming jaded by them. We must not be.

Mar 23, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned Tuesday’s attacks in Brussels, as his cabinet said they see no imminent threats to Canadians on their soil. But Conservatives took the opportunity to reignite criticisms of the Liberal government for promising to repeal sections of the Tory anti-terrorism law giving security forces more power to disrupt and prevent terrorist networks.

Mar 23, 2016

The Brussels attack was, above all else, an attack on the institutions of Europe, conducted almost certainly by European citizens who hate those institutions, whose loyalties are with a terrorist army that sees itself at war with Europe.

Mar 23, 2016

The most seriously injured members of the Canadian Forces will receive increased compensation under measures announced in the new federal budget, as the Liberals seek better relations with a group whose anger created headaches for the previous Conservative government.

Mar 23, 2016

The Liberals insist they are not slashing defence spending and are instead shifting the cash to future years to be better prepared to purchase new warplanes and ships. The first budget offers no new money for big-ticket military items.

Mar 23, 2016

Both the Pension Act and the New Veterans Charter produce undesirable outcomes resulting in inadequate support for veterans and their families, says Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent.

Mar 22, 2016

From Cuba today, President Obama asserted "This is yet another reminder that the world must unite. We must be together, regardless of nationality or race or faith, in fighting against the scourge of terrorism. We can, and will, defeat those who threaten the security of people all around the world."

Oct 13, 2015

Muslims are expected to comprise the majority of Belgium's population in less than 20 years. "The victory of Allah is near," says Abu Imran, the leader of Sharia4Belgium, in this video posted on the FrontLine web site in October 2015. "We believe Sharia will be implemented worldwide." He scoffs at the idea that democracy could ever be a choice of Muslims, and says it is only a matter of a few short decades before proponents of Sharia gain the majority and can force unbelievers out of office and implement worldwide domination.

Mar 22, 2016

Explosions, at least one likely caused by a suicide bomber, rocked the Brussels airport and subway system Tuesday, prompting a lockdown of the Belgian capital and heightened security across Europe. At least 28 people were reported dead.

Mar 22, 2016

Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion is acting illegally by issuing permits to allow the export of combat vehicles to Saudi Arabia, a lawsuit filed in Federal Court on Monday alleges.

Mar 22, 2016

There is no consensus in the military community about how DND will fare Tuesday when the Trudeau government unveils its first budget. But there is agreement that Ottawa soon will commit the armed forces to a hazardous UN peacemaking mission in Africa.

Mar 21, 2016

The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, and Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Commander Royal Canadian Navy and National Defence Champion for Visible Minorities, today issued statements on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Mar 21, 2016

Jonathan Whitworth, CEO of Seaspan ULC, has responded to a CBC story last week that took issue with the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.

Mar 21, 2016

The federal cabinet will soon be asked to make an initial down payment on the navy's $104-billion frigate replacement program with an approval that will lay the groundwork for the new fleet, The Canadian Press has learned.

Mar 19, 2016

Salah Abdeslam, the most wanted suspect for the Paris attacks, has been arrested in a shootout with heavily-armed police in the Belgian capital after eluding capture for months. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and French President Francois Hollande confirmed the arrest on Friday at a press conference in Brussels. "Though this arrest was an important step, it is not the final result," said French President Hollande at a joint press conference with Belgian Prime Minister. "There will be further arrests. We know the network is extensive in Belgium, France and other countries," he said.

Mar 18, 2016

A former army warrant officer, accused of mouthing a schoolyard taunt to a junior officer at an official dinner, was acquitted of disciplinary charges before a court martial on Thursday, but has been left holding thousands of dollars in private legal bills.

Mar 18, 2016

Irving president Kevin McCoy is firing back at the CEO of Davie shipyard’s parent company for criticisms over Canada’s National Shipbuilding Procurement strategy.

Mar 18, 2016

CADSI, the country's defence industry association, says it warned the federal government over two years ago that the relationship with some of its members was rocky and Cold War-era policies governing their dealings needed an overhaul.

Mar 17, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan wrapped up a successful visit to Ukraine, Poland, and Germany today, where he met Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel deployed in the region as part of Operations UNIFIER and REASSURANCE and held bilateral meetings with his counterparts.

Mar 17, 2016

A fresh contingent of Canadian troops has arrived in eastern Europe to take part in NATO exercises meant to reassure jittery allies and the deployment follows a spike in violence between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists.

Mar 17, 2016

Briefing notes prepared for the commander of the army, Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, in February 2014, detail how governance at Shared Services caused "significant inefficiency at every level," including service delivery, procurement, resource management, and delegation of authority.

Mar 17, 2016

Canada would need to hear a number of things from its allies — notably a long-term strategy — before deciding to commit troops to an Italian-led training mission in Libya to counter the advance of Islamic extremists, says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.

Mar 17, 2016

The boss of Canada's largest shipyard says a $36-billion national shipbuilding plan is becoming an "international embarrassment" with a "bizarre" costing regime and "exorbitant" prices, despite producing no ships to date.

Mar 17, 2016

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion vows to tighten rules on arms sales to countries with shaky human-rights records, promising a more rigorous export regime than the one that allowed a $15-billion sale of weaponized vehicles to Saudi Arabia under the previous government.

Mar 17, 2016

Justin Trudeau says Canada’s ability to conduct business around the world would have been jeopardized if his Liberal government had cancelled a $15-billion arms contract with Saudi Arabia signed by the previous Conservative regime.

Mar 17, 2016

The federal government spent millions of dollars renovating buildings at several military bases in case they were needed to house Syrian refugees, but none of the newcomers have had to use the facilities.

Mar 16, 2016

Retired Sea King helicopters being sold off by the UK Ministry of Defence are being snapped up to make unique outbuildings, garden sheds or “man caves”.

Mar 16, 2016

Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, announced this week the signing of two new contracts valued at more than $65.4 million with Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) Non-Combat package.

Mar 16, 2016

National Defence launched a full-scale review of security at its installations, including recruiting centres, following the terror attacks of October 2014 — an assessment that officials said Tuesday is still ongoing.

Mar 15, 2016

Chinese authorities shut down micro-blogging accounts belonging to a real estate mogul and frequent government critic after he lambasted state media organs for swearing fealty to the ruling Communist Party.

Mar 15, 2016

The Canadian Armed Forces is keeping a lid on spending plans for counter-terrorism in a report to Parliament, and has withheld not just the amount but also details on human resources involved in the program.

Mar 15, 2016

The RCMP spent more than $900,000 in overtime pay over the course of a five-month undercover operation that led to the arrests of two terrorism suspects in British Columbia.

Mar 15, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations in New York City on Wednesday where he will announce the date Canada plans to run for a seat on the Security Council, sources tell CBC News.

Mar 15, 2016

Toronto police are weighing a possible link to terrorism after a knife-wielding attacker injured two Canadian Forces members at an uptown recruitment centre.

Mar 15, 2016

Canadian Brigadier-General David Anderson is to command a coalition team — including as many as 12 other Canadians — that is to work with Iraq’s security ministries in Baghdad as they prepare battle plans for the long-anticipated offensive to drive ISIL out of Mosul and northwestern Iraq.

Mar 14, 2016

Judging from recent critiques of Justin Trudeau’s still-acclimating new government, you might guess that the fresh crop of Liberals running the show might be a bit rattled. But you’d be incorrect in that assumption – Michael Den Tandt

Mar 14, 2016

Russia’s military is looking for a few good dolphins to join its navy. That’s according to a defence ministry tender that was published online last week and that offered about US$24,000 to a broker that could supply three male and two female bottlenose dolphins for the service of the Russian state.

Mar 14, 2016

Canada’s top guns are in need of some top guns to fight against. The Canadian government plans to award by December a contract, estimated to be worth as much as $1.5 billion, to a fleet of fighter jets to go toe-to-toe with the military’s CF-18s.

Mar 14, 2016

A major independent study of federal government contract pricing and policies has warned that the current system provides “perverse incentives” for industry doing business with Ottawa to hike their costs, particularly in military equipment deals.

Mar 14, 2016

An openly gay former navy officer will appear before the Federal Court of Appeal this week, alleging he was denied support, harassed, called a "faggot" and compelled to quit the Canadian Forces, all because of his sexual orientation.

Mar 14, 2016

The chief executives of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co., who are vying to replace Canada’s aging fleet of fighter jets, both made the guest list for the White House’s State Dinner on Thursday in honor of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Mar 14, 2016

Canadian aid agencies have met several times with International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau since the Liberals took power so when they received an invite to sit down with her last week in Ottawa, it wasn't unusual. Notable, though, was who else was there: Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.

Mar 14, 2016

The armed forces is embarking on an aggressive, decade-long hiring spree to boost the number of women in the ranks to finally meet its goal of having women make up 25 per cent of its personnel.

Mar 14, 2016

The federal government is fond of boasting about how its controls on weapons exports are among the strongest in the world, but Canadians are left largely in the dark over precisely what military and security equipment is being shipped to foreign customers – including those with poor human-rights records.

Mar 14, 2016

The government of Saudi Arabia is speaking out for the first time about the controversy surrounding a $15-billion arms deal with Canada, saying it will not accept outside criticism of its human rights record and pointing out that Riyadh could have easily purchased the armoured combat vehicles elsewhere.

Mar 11, 2016

Approximately 300 Canadian Army Reservists from 31 Canadian Brigade Group will practice their combat skills at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center and Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in Butlerville, Indiana, as part of Exercise ARROWHEAD LIGHTNING from March 12 to 19, 2016.

Mar 11, 2016

The White House has released a fact sheet outlining the relationship between Canada and the United States, including details about shared defence and national security. Here is the full text of that fact sheet.

Mar 11, 2016

The U.S. deputy secretary of defence says he'd like the Canadian government to make up its mind, one way or the other, whether it will replace its aging CF-18 fleet with Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jets.

Mar 11, 2016

One of the leading contenders to replace Canada's aging fleet of fighter jets says it believes the Trudeau government's emphasis on North American air defence will stand it in good stead once the competition is launched.

Mar 11, 2016

An unsolicited bid — potentially worth up to $1 billion — to provide icebreakers and multi-purpose ships for the coast guard was submitted to the Trudeau government late last month, The Canadian Press has learned.

Mar 10, 2016

The Department of National Defence is investigating an allegation of sexual misconduct involving two Canadian Forces members stationed in Petawawa.

Mar 10, 2016

The one-year extension of Canada’s military mission in Iraq with double the number of special operations soldiers and other new troop and air force elements will bring the cost of the operation over two years to $628-million by the expiry of the new mission in March 2017.

Mar 10, 2016

About 150 members of 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, based at Valcartier, Quebec, have commenced training with the French Army in three different exercises to share their knowledge and skill.

Mar 09, 2016

Britain could become increasingly vulnerable to attack from an array of novel threats including “swarm attacks”, genetic weapons, cyber-attacks and new pathogens as hostile powers and extremist groups obtain more lethal weapons, a study by a UK Ministry of Defence think tank warns.

Mar 09, 2016

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, commander of the Royal Canadian Navy and soon-to-be Vice chief of the Defence Staff, recently sat down with Embassy to discuss the defence review and procurement, among other issues. 

Mar 09, 2016

Canada's military is unable to track whether weapons recorded in public accounts as "lost" are actually missing, or were removed from inventory for some other reason.

Mar 09, 2016

One of Canada's new CH-148 Cyclone helicopters had to be winched off a ship during testing last year after a small piece tore off while it was being parked, an unexpected problem that sent engineers back to the drawing board.

Mar 09, 2016

Canadian soldiers are authorized to shoot first in Iraq as soon as they detect “hostile intent” from Islamic State fighters, MPs were told Tuesday as the House of Commons approved the Trudeau government’s enlarged and more dangerous ground deployment there.

Mar 09, 2016

The upcoming federal budget is not expected to commit to a broad increase in military spending, say several defence sources. In fact, newly tabled fiscal planning documents suggest overall spending on the military could shrink by almost $400 million in the coming year.

Mar 08, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan today made a statement, on the occasion of International Women's Day, to honour the outstanding service of women in the Canadian Armed Forces and at the Department of National Defence.

Mar 08, 2016

The Australian government has announced that Adelaide, in South Australia, will be home to the new multi-million-dollar headquarters for Australia's Centre for Defence Industry Capability, creating jobs and growth in the industry.

Mar 08, 2016

Canada's top soldier says the Canadian Forces need new drones. And General Jonathan Vance, the chief of the defence staff, wants those drones to be armed.

Mar 08, 2016

Canada’s top general says the Canadian Armed Forces will be training and equipping a battalion of Kurdish special forces as part of its efforts to fight the Islamic State.

Mar 08, 2016

Within days, Defence Minister Sajjan will launch public consultations on the new defence review. But, says the National Post's John Ivison, the degree of haste suggests there won’t be much weight placed in those consultations because the Liberals already have a pretty good idea what they want.

Mar 07, 2016

"The time of waving the refugees through is over,” said a source close to Germany's Interior Minister. Leaked information indicates Germany is drawing up plans to reinstate its national controls in an attempt to persuade other EU leaders to do more to solve the migrant crisis. 

Mar 07, 2016

Soldiers from 5th Canadian Division’s Arctic Response Company Group deployed over the weekend to Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, to hone their skills in winter survival and enhance their combat skills in an extreme cold weather environment on Exercise STALWART GOOSE.

Mar 07, 2016

The CAF has officially marked the transitioning of the Air Task Force-Iraq mission during a parade in Kuwait. Lieutenant-General Michael Hood, RCAF Commander, presided over the parade, which commemorated the contributions of all CAF members who have deployed to conduct and support air operations since the beginning of Operation IMPACT.

Mar 07, 2016

Canadian firms will be able to provide windows, furniture, radios and doors for the country’s new multibillion-dollar warships, but much of the promised high-tech work is missing from areas in which the federal government figures domestic industry can contribute.

Mar 07, 2016

The Trudeau government is considering whether to shelve plans for a national Afghanistan war memorial, as it rolls back the previous Conservative government’s attempts to imbue Canada’s national identity with a healthy dose of militarism.

Mar 15, 2016

Intercepted recruiting attempt shows how ISIL recruiters have been prowling social media, trying to goad citizens of Western countries into committing acts of terrorism close to home.

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