IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Jan 08, 2016

Canada’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia at the time privately labeled it the “home run” of trade deals with Middle East kingdom. The truth is that the $15-billion contract to sell Canadian-made armoured fighting vehicles to the Saudis was much more than that.

Jan 08, 2016

A sole-source deal involving naval shipbuilding contracts worth $26 billion was signed on behalf of the government of Canada by a single federal bureaucrat at the end of his tenure, after his successor had assumed her duties.

Jan 08, 2016

Relatively few members of Canada’s armed forces suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, suggests a surprising new study that comes amid continuing concern about the after-effects of the Afghanistan war.

Jan 07, 2016

After more than a decade of delays, aerospace firms will submit their bids next week to provide Canada’s air force with a new fleet of search-and-rescue planes.

Jan 07, 2016

Even though he’s been a civilian for more than two years, former warrant officer Wade Pear faces a court martial for allegedly mouthing a schoolyard taunt to a junior officer at an official dinner.

Jan 07, 2016

Canadian fighter bombers ramped up air strikes against ISIS fighting positions and other targets near the ISIS-held Iraqi city of Mosul last week, with more attacks on any single day since last June.

Jan 07, 2016

North Korea’s triumphal declaration that it detonated its first hydrogen bomb drew global condemnation and threats of new sanctions against the isolated nuclear power Wednesday. But it also raised skepticism from the White House and defence experts, who questioned Pyongyang’s claim to a new and vastly more destructive weapon.

Jan 07, 2016

The federal cabinet is reviewing options to bolster Canada’s role in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State that run the gamut from maintaining surveillance and refuelling aircraft to clandestine operations, military and government officials say.

Jan 07, 2016

Some of the armoured combat vehicles Canada is selling to Saudi Arabia in a controversial $15-billion arms deal will feature medium- or high-calibre weapons supplied by a European subcontractor – such as a powerful cannon designed to shoot anti-tank missiles.

Jan 06, 2016

Whatever the trajectory, priorities or intensity of our new government’s foreign policy, however the election of Oct. 19 is interpreted as a mandate for foreign policy change, no meaningful Canadian foreign policy can exist without a competent, well-resourced and multi-skilled armed forces.

Jan 06, 2016

Justin Trudeau’s government is facing calls to explain to Canadians how Ottawa’s $15-billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia is justified under export control rules that impose special restrictions on shipments to countries with poor human-rights records.

Jan 06, 2016

An alleged security breach at one of the Royal Canadian Navy's most sensitive security operations was the result of a lack of self-restraint, not malice, says the navy's commander on the Atlantic coast.

Jan 06, 2016

For what's believed to be the first time, the federal government has estimated how many of Canada's homeless are former soldiers — but the department that compiled the report warns the data is far from complete.

Jan 06, 2016

North Korea said Wednesday it had conducted a hydrogen bomb test, a defiant and surprising move that, if confirmed, would put Pyongyang a big step closer toward improving its still-limited nuclear arsenal.

Jan 06, 2016

On the campaign trail, Justin Trudeau vowed to lead Canadians to the Promised Land; in government he is discovering the best he may be able to do is to trudge toward it.

Jan 05, 2016

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Fredericton deployed today on Operation REASSURANCE to join Standing NATO Maritime Forces in the Mediterranean Sea as part of NATO’s assurance measures, promoting security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe.

Ian Brennan joins Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards
Jan 05, 2016

Seaspan has announced that Ian Brennan has joined Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) as Vice President, Supply Chain Management & Contracts to provide the strategic leadership and day-to-day oversight and direction of supply chain, warehousing and logistics, procurement, and contracts and subcontracts in support of new vessel construction.

Jan 05, 2016

Register today for the most anticipated annual Canadian Marine Technical conference, taking place in St John's Newfoundland on May 5 and 6, 2016. http://www.mari-tech.org/index.php/mari-tech-2016-2

Govt to tackle procurement challenge
Jan 05, 2016

Based on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s clear mandates to his new Cabinet ministers, the government is clearly ready to think outside the box when it comes to Defence Procurement.

Jan 05, 2016

Patrick Finn, ADM(Mat) for DND, recently defended the NSPS process. Former ADM(Mat), Alan Williams says this is not surprising, given that he helped construct the procurement strategy. What was unexpected was the ease with which he completely overlooked fundamental flaws.

Jan 05, 2016

Touted as a wonder drug for the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain, medical marijuana use is exploding among Canada’s battle-scarred, fully insured, veterans and companies are rushing into the untapped market.

Jan 05, 2016

A former CSIS senior intelligence officer is calling for the Defence Department to launch a security probe at CFB Halifax in light of a second security breach at the base.

Jan 05, 2016

The Canadian government is proceeding with a controversial $15-billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia even as it publicly condemns Riyadh for a mass execution of 47 people, including a dissident Shia Muslim cleric.

Jan 05, 2016

A report, to be released today by the Global Affairs Institute, says one of the reasons for delays in 2015 military procurement was the revolving door in the defence minister's office — and among the senior bureaucracy.

Jan 04, 2016

Canadian fighter jets taking part in the air campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have had a busy start to 2016.

Jan 04, 2016

A former U.S. defence secretary is on a mission to warn of a "real and growing danger" of nuclear doom, troubled by the risks of catastrophe from the very weapons he helped develop.

Jan 04, 2016

CAE Inc. could gain from an increase in global military spending as the threat of terrorism looms larger and some forecasters expect the United States to start committing more money to its armed forces after five years of cuts.

Dec 31, 2015

China is building its second aircraft carrier, the defence ministry said Thursday, as Beijing expands its naval capabilities amid maritime disputes with neighbours in the East and South China Seas.

Dec 31, 2015

It was a big year for military aircraft advances. Here’s a look back at four of those – the F-16 Viper, Marine Corps’ King Stallion Helo, a new stealth bomber and fifth generation fighter F-35.

Dec 31, 2015

The US army says it has mothballed plans to deploy a robot developed in conjunction with Google because it is "too loud". The Legged Squad Support System - referred to by some as "the big dog" - is capable of carrying 400 lbs (181.4kg) of equipment over rugged terrain.

Dec 31, 2015

Canada’s top general welcomes the Liberals’ promised review of the country’s defence policy but said the military must remain robust and equipped to handle a variety of threats in a world of “continuous conflict.”

Dec 31, 2015

Parts stripped from U.S. presidential helicopters have played a critical role in keeping the Canadian military’s search-and-rescue chopper fleet flying, according to documents obtained by the Citizen, but the air force is still undecided on whether the former American aircraft will be joining its ranks.

Dec 31, 2015

The Canadian military will refurbish rather than retire two ground-based radar systems that were recently declared "unsupportable" and "urgently" in need of replacement.

Dec 30, 2015

Strike aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 7, embarked on USS Harry S Truman, joined their counterparts operating from France's nuclear-powered aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle in combined combat operations in Iraq and Syria.

Dec 30, 2015

The Conservative government led by Stephen Harper commissioned intensive polling earlier this year to gauge whether Canadians supported the military air war against ISIL in Iraq, internal documents reveal. Fifty-nine percent of Canadians supported the Canadian air strikes, while 35 per cent opposed them and six per cent did not know.

Dec 30, 2015

Iranian naval vessels conducted rocket tests last week near U.S. warships and commercial traffic passing through the Strait of Hormuz, the American military said Wednesday, causing new tension between the two nations after a landmark nuclear deal.

Dec 29, 2015

ISIS leader Charaffe al Mouadan, who the coalition says had direct contacts with the suspected ringleader behind the terror attacks in Paris, was killed by an airstrike in Syria on December 24, coalition forces announced Tuesday.

Dec 29, 2015

If Afghanistan war veterans are treasures, as General Rick Hillier once said, they are at times a strangely undervalued one, says Graeme Hamilton in the National Post. And, as the story of MCpl Collin Fitzgerald’s shows, the price of that disregard can be high.

Dec 29, 2015

The nature of Canada’s engagement in the coalition to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is the most pressing of Trudeau's near-term decisions. He has pledged repeatedly to pull Canada’s CF-18s out by March, but his defence chief, Harjit Sajjan, has been more equivocal about timing.

Dec 29, 2015

A military review has identified serious flaws with a support unit intended to aid ill and wounded troops, concluding that it has too few staff and resources to properly help vulnerable soldiers return to work or adapt to civilian life.

Dec 24, 2015

With so much media attention on the F-35 during 2015, there was bound to be an amazing number of incredible photos of the plane throughout the year. Business Insider has listed the 15 best below via Lockheed Martin.

Dec 24, 2015

For the first time, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration has released a detailed list of the United States’ potential targets for atomic bombers in the event of war with the Soviet Union, showing the number and the variety of targets on its territory, as well as in Eastern Europe and China.

Dec 23, 2015

Picking out the perfect gift for a military member can be daunting, as their styles and needs can be drastically different from what is useful for civilians. Here are 12 gifts that any service member would love to receive, from the functional to the fun.

Dec 23, 2015

From man's discovery of fire to the deployment of the world's most powerful weapon, here's a look at 14 events that changed military history.

Dec 23, 2015

Canada and its allies need to better adapt to new forms of warfare, such as cyberattacks and unconventional forces, said a retired senior Canadian Forces officer.

Dec 23, 2015

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard is pressuring the federal government to support the province’s aeronautical industry, which he says deserves as much attention as Ontario’s suffering auto sector.

Dec 23, 2015

There is a straightforward way for the Liberal government to get beyond the tangle in which it now finds itself over its pledge to pull Canada’s CF-18 fighters from the air war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, says Michael Den Tandt. That would be to break its promise, make a U-turn and keep them in the fight.

Dec 22, 2015

Women will be allowed to take part in front-line combat within months in a radical overhaul of Army rules. David Cameron has ordered the Ministry of Defence to be ready to welcome female soldiers into “close combat” roles next year.

Dec 22, 2015

A suicide bomber on a motorbike carried out an attack on a joint patrol of Afghan and coalition forces yesterday in the Bajawri area of Bagram district, said Waheed Sediqi, a spokesman for the governor of Parwan province.

Dec 22, 2015

A photo posted to Facebook just hours before they plunged from the balcony of their west-end Toronto apartment shows the newlyweds snuggling with the caption “Happiness is.” But Toronto Police investigators say Robert Giblin, a CAF member, murdered his wife, Precious Charbonneau, and took his own life.

Dec 22, 2015

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan toured the front lines in the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Monday, downplaying the significance of last week's major offensive and managing expectations on what Canada's rebooted training mission will look like.

Dec 22, 2015

Canada's defence minister has signalled that the F-35 will not be excluded from the forthcoming competition to replace the air force's aging fleet of fighter jets.

Dec 22, 2015

The Liberal government continues to say it will pull Canada’s CF-18 fighter jets from the Iraq war, but it is still searching – so far unsuccessfully – for a military capability that will take the place of the aircraft.

Dec 21, 2015

Rescue workers said they had confirmed 43 dead but that at least 30 more bodies had been retrieved that had still to be identified. Over 150 people were wounded with some of the serious cases sent to hospitals in Turkey.

Dec 21, 2015

The role of Canadian fighter planes in successfully repelling a major offensive by Islamic State against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq this week is fuelling arguments against the Liberal government’s plan to withdraw the jets from combat.

Dec 21, 2015

Canada’s minister of foreign affairs says he is “proud” of the work Canadian soldiers did last week during a firefight against the so-called Islamic State, but that the men and women on the ground in the region are not there to engage in combat.

Dec 21, 2015

Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan paid a visit Sunday to northern Iraq, where he met local government officials.

Dec 21, 2015

Canada's head of military procurement admits National Defence needs to reform the way it buys equipment and runs its major projects. But, he says, things are not as bad as they may seem.

Dec 18, 2015

The last Canadian Armed Forces assets assigned to OP CARIBBE in 2015, HMC Ships Brandon and Whitehorse arrived home yesterday, concluding a very successful year as part of Canadian joint operational deployments.

Dec 18, 2015

The Minister of National Defence, Harjit Sajjan, issued a statement yesterday about Canadian Special Operations Forces assistance to Kurdish Security Forces in response to a coordinated attack by ISIL forces in Northern Iraq.

Dec 18, 2015

There is a coldly calculating, self-interested rationale underlying the withdrawal of Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18s from the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But for reasons of diplomacy and tact, it’s not one the federal Liberals can easily acknowledge.

Dec 18, 2015

A contingent of Canada's elite commandos were thrown into a pitched day-long battle alongside Kurdish peshmerga fighters as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant launched its biggest offensive since western troops arrived in the region 18 months ago.

Dec 18, 2015

Canada's defence minister will commit only to pulling out of the bombing mission against the Islamic State in Iraq within the next six months — despite a parliamentary motion that concludes airstrikes in Iraq at the end of March.

Dec 17, 2015

Vladimir Putin was applauded by journalists at a televised news conference Thursday as he slammed Turkey, saying there was no prospect of improving relations between the countries after the downing of a Russian fighter jet.

Dec 17, 2015

Britain’s military must aim to prevent and avoid wars and not just fight them, the head of the Armed Forces has said. Gen Sir Nicholas Houghton said the security threats to the UK and constant competition from other nations meant the Armed Forces had to be used more widely than just on the battlefield.

Dec 17, 2015

The world’s largest defence company, Lockheed Martin, is about to take the government to court over the contract to replace the Humvee. At issue, industry sources tell Breaking Defence, is a trove of documents that the Army — allegedly — withheld until the last minute, at which point GAO refused to consider them.

Dec 17, 2015

As the Air Force scrambles to hold on to drone pilots to help feed the military's ravenous need for more intelligence, the service is for the first time offering them critical skills retention bonuses of $125,000 if they agree to serve five more years.

Dec 17, 2015

Justin Trudeau has shown a deft touch over his first two months as prime minister, focussing public attention on the issues he cares most about, says the CBC's Chris Hall. He's been far less adept at explaining why he intends to withdraw the six Canadian fighter jets from the airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq, in favour of increasing the number of military trainers in the region.

Dec 16, 2015

In a presidential race reshaped by national security concerns, Republican front-runner Donald Trump defended his provocative call for banning Muslims from the United States on Tuesday as the candidates debated their plans for fighting Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants and keeping Americans secure.

Dec 16, 2015

Lockheed Martin once again retained its title as the world’s largest defence business, with sales of $37.5bn in 2014, out of total revenues of $45.6bn, according to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

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