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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.

Mar 04, 2016

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his country to be ready to use its nuclear weapons at any time and the military to be in "pre-emptive attack" mode in the face of growing threats from its enemies, state media said on Friday.

Mar 04, 2016

China said Friday it will boost defence spending by about 7 to 8 per cent in 2016, the smallest increase in six years, reflecting slowing growth in the world's second-largest economy and a drawdown of 300,000 troops as Beijing seeks to build a more streamlined, modern military.

Mar 04, 2016

A high-profile UK Royal Marine unit has been re-equipped with the Colt Canada C8 carbine to enhance its ability to protect the Royal Navy's nuclear deterrent submarine base and nuclear weapon convoys.

Mar 04, 2016

Investigators are assessing the damage and determining the cause of a fire on board HMCS Ville de Quebec that started in one of its generators as the crew was doing system tests on the vessel in Halifax.

Mar 04, 2016

A federal project to build a flagship data centre at a Canadian Forces base has been dealt a blow after civilian planners suddenly realized there was a top-secret military communications post getting in the way.

Mar 03, 2016

The Army’s efforts to integrate operational cyberspace capabilities into its tactical units took another big step forward during a recent training rotation at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.

Mar 03, 2016

The Liberal government recently released the figures showing which areas were hit by Conservative government cost-cutting in 2012. The figures show that $1.19 billion in defence spending was cut that year. Overall, the Conservatives cut $2.1 billion from the military funding envelope.

Mar 03, 2016

Vladimir Putin is purposefully creating a refugee crisis in order to “overwhelm” and “break” Europe, NATO’s military commander in Europe warned yesterday.

Mar 02, 2016

Just how strong is Kim Jong Un's army? Here's a look, based on what AP reporters and photographers have seen on the ground and the latest report to the U.S. Congress by the Office of the Secretary of Defence.

Mar 02, 2016

The U.S. Army has radically changed how it buys radios in recent years so that what the “winning” companies have actually won, in essence, is the right to compete for the right to compete — with the possibility of more competitors coming in in the future.

Mar 02, 2016

The latest poll from Abacus Data reveals broad acceptance of the move by Ottawa to adjust Canada’s role in the fight against ISIS: 30% support the new approach, 40% say they accept it, while 29% oppose it.

Mar 01, 2016

Brigadier-General Stéphane Lafaut, Commander 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (East), yesterday presented the third clasp to the Canadian Forces’ Decoration to eight Canadian Rangers from Nunavik, each of whom have 42 years of dedicated service.

Mar 01, 2016

A new poll suggests that only one-fifth of Canadians think the federal government should stick by the controversial, $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia — and it's an issue that cuts across party lines.

Feb 29, 2016

The Barrett .50 caliber rifle is now the official state rifle of Tennessee. Originally designed for military use, its rounds can “penetrate light armor, down helicopters, destroy commercial aircraft, and blast through rail cars,” according to a report from the Violence Policy Center, a gun safety group.

Feb 29, 2016

Former Liberal justice minister Irwin Cotler, a leading international champion of human rights, says he believes the Canadian government should reconsider its controversial $15-billion deal to sell combat vehicles to Saudi Arabia.

Feb 29, 2016

The Trudeau government is quietly shopping for drones for the military and expects to see expressions of interest from the defence industry by mid-April. But the tire-kicking exercise is setting the stage for a potentially bruising policy debate over whether the remotely controlled aircraft should be armed and under what circumstances they would employ deadly force.

Feb 28, 2016

Syria’s hard-won truce began to fray Sunday, with Russian warplanes resuming airstrikes on towns and villages in the north and fresh reports of artillery fire across several front lines.

Feb 26, 2016

"Multinational Force and Observers and the Sinai province of the Islamic State," is the topic of an upcoming (Chatham House Rule) roundtable discussion with MGen Denis Thompson, being hosted by the CDA Institute on 2 March 2016.

Feb 26, 2016

Four of Canada’s six fighter jets recently pulled from the bombing mission against ISIS are heading to Romania as part of a new mission to train that country’s airforce.

Feb 26, 2016

A House of Commons vote on the Liberal government’s decision to pull Canadian fighter planes out of air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria while tripling the number of Canadian soldiers near front lines with Iraqi security forces is set to be held on Tuesday, March 8, according to a schedule all sides agreed to this week.

Feb 26, 2016

An attempt to make Canada’s largest veterans organization reveal details about its executives’ salaries and travel has been shot down by its senior leadership. Some of the organization’s long-time members are questioning the accountability in the upper levels of its leadership.

Feb 25, 2016

Australia's defence budgets and capabilities seem set to surge in coming years, with the focus placed squarely on maritime activities in a long-awaited Defence White Paper that calls on China to provide "reassurance to its neighbours by being more transparent about its defence policies".

Feb 25, 2016

The European Parliament called on the European Union to impose an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia on Thursday, saying Britain, France and other EU governments should no longer sell weapons to a country accused of targeting civilians in Yemen.

Veterans Ombudsman remarks to Senate Committee
Feb 25, 2016

Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs. He gave an overview of the work and challenges of the Office, and provided an assessment of the issues facing the organization. A full transcript (french and english) is provided here.

Feb 25, 2016

The Canadian government intends to make a payment this spring to remain part of the consortium of F-35 Lightning fighter-jet buyers. 

Feb 24, 2016

The Liberal government has finally revealed which ministers sit on a powerful cabinet committee that is vetting major defence procurement files like new fighter jets and frigates.

Feb 24, 2016

Several hundred Canadian Army soldiers from 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group and 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment from Petawawa, Ontario, will conduct winter warfighting training in Norway with 13 NATO Allies and partners during Exercise COLD RESPONSE 2016 from March 1-9, 2016.

Feb 24, 2016

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Winnipeg returned to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt yesterday after a successful eight-and-a-half month deployment which included participation in Operations REASSURANCE and CARIBBE.

Feb 24, 2016

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will mark the 25th anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait in a number of ceremonies between February 24 to 29, 2016, to recognize Canada’s contribution to the First Gulf War and the service provided by veterans of the conflict.

Feb 24, 2016

As Russia continues to boost its military presence in the Arctic, the Canadian Forces is planning to expand its Arctic training centre, turning the remote installation into a hub that can support operations, both defence- and science-oriented, year-round if needed.

Feb 23, 2016

David Pugliese reports the Canadian government is looking at changing course on the largest shipbuilding program in Canadian history and will now examine combining bids for new warships into one package in the hopes that will allow vessels to be constructed more quickly. 

Feb 23, 2016

Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, announced that retired Rear-Admiral (Royal Navy) Steve Brunton has been selected as the “expert advisor” to assist the government on the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.

Feb 23, 2016

Stewart Bell and Matthew Fisher take an in-depth look at the Canadian mission and the decision to end airstrikes by CF-18s.

Feb 23, 2016

For the world to acknowledge that “Canada is back,” we need to put our money where our mouth is, says Colin Robertson in The Globe and Mail.

Feb 23, 2016

The new commander of the Operation REASSURANCE Land Task Force, Major Éric Beauchamp, assumed command from Major Simon Côté in Warsaw, Poland, last week.

Feb 23, 2016

Mourners gathered at a vigil in Beechwood Cemetery on Sunday to remember Canadian soldiers lost to suicide. Candles were lit in memory of each of the 13 soldiers who were commemorated.

Feb 23, 2016

The bloody, sun-baked sand of Syria is a long way from the Canadian Arctic, but Russia's use of cruise missiles in the five-year-old civil war has defence planners in both the U.S. and Canada sitting up and taking notice.

Feb 23, 2016

Canadian-made armoured vehicles appear to be embroiled in Saudi Arabia’s war against Yemeni-based Houthi rebels – caught up in cross-border hostilities that critics say should force Ottawa to reconsider a $15-billion deal to sell Riyadh more of these weapons.

Feb 23, 2016

This country has a long history of exporting military equipment around the world, but keeping tabs on the size and scope of the arms industry proves surprisingly difficult.

Feb 22, 2016

Women in Defence and Security Canada (WiDS) invites you to the 2016 WiDS Memorial Scholarship Awards Ceremony held on March 8th. Join us as we award scholarships to two deserving Canadian women pursuing studies in defence and security.

Feb 22, 2016

Canadian-made weapons may have fallen into the hands of Houthi fighters in Yemen's civil war, raising new concerns about Canada's arms exports to Saudi Arabia.

Feb 22, 2016

Less than a year before becoming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s foreign policy guru, Roland Paris blasted the Conservative government for not being upfront about the fact that Canadian troops in northern Iraq were indeed engaged in combat.

Feb 19, 2016

The Trudeau government is distancing itself from Ottawa’s $15-billion deal to supply combat vehicles to Saudi Arabia, with Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion calling the Mideast country’s human rights record “terrible” and pointing out that the Liberals did not endorse the transaction.

Feb 19, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has ruled out any cuts to the number of men and women in uniform — making more difficult the Liberal government’s promise to transform the military into a leaner, more agile and better-equipped force.

Feb 19, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has downplayed safety concerns following reports ISIL has used mustard gas in northern Iraq last year, where Canadian troops have been training Iraqi Kurdish forces.

Feb 19, 2016

It’s controversial, costly and apparently back on Ottawa’s radar as a possible pick for Canada’s air force. After ruling out the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet last fall as a possible replacement for the aging CF-18s, the Liberals now appear to be leaving the door open after all.

Feb 18, 2016

The Shipbuilding Association of Canada is hoping the Liberal government will change course when it comes to the renewal of the country's navy and civilian fleets.

Feb 18, 2016

Canada’s CF-18 fighter jets stopped their bombing in Iraq and Syria on Monday, days before MPs started debating the value of the new military mission against the Islamic State.

Feb 17, 2016

Canada’s shipbuilding industry is concerned over reports that the federal government is not ruling out leasing foreign-built tugboats and fireboats rather than build replacements for the Royal Canadian Navy at home.

Feb 17, 2016

China has installed surface-to-air missiles on an island in the South China Sea, an escalation that further militarizes a region where significant tensions have already emerged between China and its neighbours.

Feb 17, 2016

Canadian aircraft and train maker Bombardier Inc said it would reduce its work force by about 7,000 over the next two years, while ramping up hiring to support production of its C Series commercial jets.

Feb 17, 2016

One of Canada's most famous former soldiers says the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant cannot be defeated without a strategy to deal with legions of child soldiers being indoctrinated into the violent, extremist cause.

Feb 17, 2016

A federal trade tribunal has torn a strip off the subsidiary of a U.S. defence firm for insulting Canadian soldiers, calling it shameful that the company made unsubstantiated claims that the troops were biased when testing battlefield communications equipment.

Feb 16, 2016

Global geopolitical uncertainty has pushed defense to the top of national agendas, helping prop up sales at major defense products suppliers, CNBC has been told.

Feb 16, 2016

The U.S. Coast Guard has often been characterized as perennially underfunded, but thanks to Congress, the service received a major boost to its acquisition accounts for fiscal year 2016.

Feb 16, 2016

Russia on Tuesday rebuffed claims that its warplanes struck a hospital in northern Syria in airstrikes the previous day that killed at least nine people as Syrian government forces and a predominantly Kurdish coalition are making against rival groups in the country's north.

Feb 16, 2016

The federal cabinet will soon be asked to pump more money into one of the key civilian projects under the national shipbuilding strategy in what's expected to be the first real test of the Trudeau government's commitment to stick with the Conservative-era program.

Feb 16, 2016

Could Ottawa bolster the order book of ailing plane-maker Bombardier by directing a massive fighter jet contract its way? Unlikely perhaps, but possible, according to people who watch these things closely.

Feb 16, 2016

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is actively taking steps to integrate gender perspectives into the analysis, planning, execution and evaluation of all CAF operations.

Feb 15, 2016

Members of 103 Search and Rescue Squadron from 9 Wing Gander, Newfoundland, are returning home after training with the Icelandic Coast Guard and local Search and Rescue teams from February 9-12, 2016.

Feb 15, 2016

Two Toronto-based human rights organizations have are alleging pro-Iraqi government Shia militias were responsible for a massacre of at least 55 Yazidi slaves kidnapped by ISIS and possibly hundreds more Sunni civilians during the liberation of Ramadi in early January.

Feb 15, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada could soon join a military coalition to take on ISIS in Libya, a country beset by a civil war and mounting Islamic terrorism

Feb 15, 2016

The tragedy now unfolding in and around Aleppo poses a direct threat to European security, combining the dangers of terrorism and the risk of direct conflict between NATO and Russia.

Feb 12, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada is not currently at war, but is involved instead in “a conflict that has high risk” with the so-called Islamic State.

Feb 12, 2016

The multi-billion dollar sole source deal to build a new fleet of warships for the Royal Canadian Navy is being reviewed by a newly-formed Cabinet committee set up to take a closer look at controversial defence procurement contracts.

Feb 12, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan attended his first NATO Defence Ministers’ Meeting on February 10th to 11th, at NATO Headquarters in Brussels and then participated in a meeting of defence ministers from countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Feb 11, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan confirmed today that all Canadian Armed Forces personnel deployed to “advise and assist” Iraqi security forces in the NATO-led Operation Impact will be able to respond “in kind” if they are attacked by so-called Islamic State fighters.

Feb 11, 2016

HMCS Fredericton will be among three ships that NATO has just announced it is sending to the Aegean Sea to monitor the ongoing refugee crisis.

Feb 11, 2016

Russia has proposed a March 1 ceasefire in Syria, U.S. officials say, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups.

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