IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

May 10, 2016

Moscow’s annual Victory Day Parade is a bristling display of military might that sweeps down some of the capital’s most exclusive streets before rolling through Red Square in front of the Kremlin elite.

May 09, 2016

Australia’s government is facing criticism for its decision to have two supply ships built in Spain, instead of in an Australian shipyard.

May 09, 2016

Rookie Conservative MP David Yurdiga, who represents Fort McMurray, has opened a new riding office in Lac La Biche and is trying to help out, after 88,000 people were evacuated from the city last week.

May 09, 2016

For the first-time since the First World War, Canadians troops are preparing for the possibility of facing deadly chemical weapons on the battlefield.

May 09, 2016

A CH-147F Chinook helicopter delivered 8,200 pounds of food, water, and other sundries to Fort McKay First Nation yesterday as part of the Canadian Armed Forces’ ongoing support to the Province of Alberta in responding to the wildfires in Fort McMurray.

May 06, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has picked an experienced deputy minister in foreign affairs rather than a senior security bureaucrat as his new national security adviser.

May 06, 2016

On the very day of its defeat last fall, the Harper government quietly awarded a $40-million "engineering" contract to the Seaspan shipyard in North Vancouver, despite having promised that the yard would prepare itself to build new ships "at no cost to Canada."

May 05, 2016

New video footage showing Canadian soldiers wearing the Kurdish flag on their uniforms has raised fresh questions about Canada’s mission in northern Iraq and the message it is sending the rest of the country.

May 05, 2016

The Canadian military has deployed helicopters and transport planes in response to the raging wildfire that has incinerated parts of Fort McMurray, Alta. – with more support to come as needed.

May 05, 2016

The Conservative government quietly helped fund improvements for a Vancouver shipyard that was scrambling to get ready for shipbuilding, despite saying it would not do so.

May 05, 2016

A 28-member Canadian team, including five members of the Canadian Armed Forces and 23 veterans, has travelled to Orlando, Florida, to compete in the 2016 Invictus Games.

May 05, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has issued a statement regarding his participation in a meeting of defence ministers from countries leading the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

May 04, 2016

Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army, issued a statement yesterday regarding the 2016 Auditor General Spring Report.

May 04, 2016

Canada’s Veterans Affairs Minister says members of the military with mental-health issues should not fear they will be automatically discharged when they step forward for treatment.

May 04, 2016

The Pentagon took the Sea Hunter, a new vessel that promises to be the future of robotic warfare, out for a spin on Monday, showing off the self-driving ship off the cost of San Diego.

May 04, 2016

A scathing auditor general’s report Tuesday shows Canada’s army reserve is in dire straits, with only a fraction of its troops properly trained, equipped and fit for international operations and domestic emergencies.

May 04, 2016

Some employees of the Royal Canadian Legion accessed the confidential files of Canadian veterans held by the federal government without the veterans’ consent. The Privacy Commissioner is investigating one complaint about unauthorized access, but the legion has acknowledged additional incidents.

May 04, 2016

The Saudi government is planning to send dancers to the lawns of Parliament Hill May 19 as part of a massive, four-day cultural show, while a range of rights groups and media pundits continue to pressure Canada’s government over arms sales to the Middle Eastern powerhouse.

May 03, 2016

The Arms Trade Treaty won't mean an immediate end to controversial arms deals like Canada's $15 billion sale of light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, says the United Nations disarmament chief.

May 03, 2016

In a wide-ranging interview with CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge, a CF-18 commander who flew airstrike missions against ISIS in Iraq and Syria provides a detailed account about being in that arena, some of his bombing missions, and "having to take lives."

May 02, 2016

The Royal Canadian Legion has donated $500,000 from its poppy fund to sponsor a sports event, championed by Prince Harry, for wounded veterans from around the world. The money collected from the Legion’s annual poppy sales is meant as an emergency fund to help Canadian veterans, including the homeless or those in dire financial straits. Tom Eagles, dominion president of the Legion, suggests that "brand recognition" is worth diverting that fund to a logo at the sporting event.

May 02, 2016

Britain will double its fleet of armed surveillance drones with a new upgraded generation of unmanned aircraft able to fly for nearly twice as long, laden with more bombs, missiles and sensors, the U.K. Ministry of Defence has disclosed.

May 02, 2016

One word from Defense Secretary Ash Carter last week opened the door to US arms sales to Vietnam, a former enemy turned potential ally against a rising China.

May 02, 2016

The Australian government has signed an agreement with local industry to sustain the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) fleet of eight ANZAC-class frigates, it was announced on 29 April.

Apr 29, 2016

According to Tom Ring and David Perry: "Establishing a strong partnership between the Government and the Canadian Defence Industry should be a key and ongoing priority for the new Liberal Government given the opportunity for a review of defence policy to complement the government’s job creation and innovation agenda."

Apr 29, 2016

The Conference of Defence Associations Institute's latest Vimy Paper explores the debate about Canada's possible participation in US missile defence plans, and assesses the advantages and possible disadvantages of such a commitment.

Apr 29, 2016

The Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) this week tested a modernized parachute that could be used in the CT-114 Tutor.

Apr 29, 2016

Canada’s top general paid a dramatic visit to northern Iraq Thursday to the area where Canadian special operations forces soldiers are aiding peshmerga fighters in their battle against Daesh.

Apr 29, 2016

A serious and potentially very expensive dispute between Britain's Ministry of Defence and shipbuilder BAE Systems, over the precise design and extra cost of eight anti-submarine (ASW) frigates is causing a postponement in the start of work on the vessels. With unions threatening to stop work, the Scottish National Party is accusing David Cameron of "betrayal" since he had promised the new ships would be built at the Clyde shipyards.

Apr 28, 2016

Civilian and military first responders from Simcoe County will converge on Canadian Forces Base Borden on Sunday, May 1, 2016, to participate in a joint mass casualty exercise as part of Exercise STOP, DROP AND ROLL, a simulated response to an air show accident.

Apr 28, 2016

A recent idea floated by Navdeep Bains, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development – using government procurement as a tool to promote innovation – suggests that new thinking is in the air in Ottawa, says CADSI President Christyn Cianfarani.

Apr 28, 2016

At the Defence Review roundtable consultation hosted in Vancouver this week, the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries’ (CADSI) has called on the Government of Canada to work with the defence industry to develop a defence industrial policy.

Apr 28, 2016

On Sunday, May 1, 2016, Canadians from across the country will gather to commemorate the sacrifices made by the thousands of Canadians who fought so valiantly during the Battle of the Atlantic, which ran from 1939 to 1945.

Apr 28, 2016

If Canada is really “back”, it has to be back with substance — and that includes our ability to meet our security and defence commitments in a credible way. That is the message from David McDonough and Tony Battista in an opinion piece in iPolitics.

Apr 28, 2016

Governor General David Johnston will present Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) and Bravery Decorations to members of the Canadian Forces and allied forces at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday morning.

Apr 28, 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan hosted an informative roundtable with key stakeholders in Vancouver yesterday as part of public consultations launched earlier this month to help develop a new defence policy for Canada.

Apr 28, 2016

During one of his first scripted policy speeches, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said that if NATO allies don't meet NATO spending targets, they should get out of the alliance and defend themselves against security threats without relying on American firepower.

Apr 28, 2016

One of the more interesting characteristics of this new prime minister is his flexibility and lack of fear in making bold policy shifts, if the circumstances warrant. Trudeau should not rule out the F-35 just because he once said he would, says John Ivison in the National Post.

Apr 27, 2016

The UK Royal Air Force has used the largest bomb in its inventory for the first time against the Islamic State, the Ministry of Defence announced in its latest operational update released on 26 April.

Apr 27, 2016

The former HMCS Algonquin is set to be towed on May 10 from Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, BC. The date could change a bit, depending on various circumstances.

Apr 27, 2016

Sen. John McCain slammed the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's troubled history Tuesday, saying it "has been both a scandal and a tragedy with respect to cost, schedule and performance."

Apr 26, 2016

Australia's Prime Minister has announced the selection of DCNS as the preferred partner for the SEA 1000 Future Submarine Program – to design new submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.

Apr 26, 2016

A terrorist group in the Philippines has killed John Ridsdel, the 68-year-old Canadian kidnapped last September – an execution Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called “cold-blooded murder” and the man’s family said was “senseless.”

Apr 26, 2016

Two of the world's most advanced warplanes have touched down in Romania for the first time, near the shores of the Black Sea and just a short hop from Ukraine, the Crimean Peninsula and Russia.

Apr 26, 2016

The bureaucracy at National Defence helped scuttle two attempts by the Harper government to acquire helicopter landing ships over the last few years, documents show.

Apr 26, 2016

As part of efforts to cut costs, the Canadian Forces is looking at options to revamp its Alberta-based aerospace test facilities, including transferring some of the work to private industry or moving the organization to a more accessible location, such as the Ottawa area.

Apr 25, 2016

A contingent of about 275 soldiers and roughly one hundred Canadian Army vehicles travelled 625 km from Quebec to Gagetown, New Brunswick, in a road convoy from April 21 to 23, 2016.

Apr 25, 2016

Three government departments that have equal veto rights on defence procurement, and all have conflicting mandates that effectively "cancel each other out," notes Stuart McCarthy.

Apr 25, 2016

President Barack Obama announced on Monday the biggest expansion of U.S. ground troops in Syria since the civil war there began, saying he would dispatch an extra 250 special forces soldiers to build on successes against Islamic State.

Apr 25, 2016

John Manley, president of the Business Council of Canada and former foreign affairs minister, says that selling light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia is good for Canada and Canadian workers, and fully justifiable on moral grounds.

Apr 25, 2016

The Liberals are facing calls to reopen a new peacekeeping training centre three years after the demise of Canada's former school. The new centre would be located in Kingston, Ont., near the Canadian Forces base and military college, but would be a civilian-led operation.

Apr 25, 2016

The B-52 Stratofortress bomber, designed and first fielded to deliver nuclear strikes on the Soviet Union during the Cold War, has dropped its first bombs on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Pentagon announced Wednesday.

Apr 25, 2016

North Korea on Saturday fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile from a submarine off its northeast coast, South Korean defence officials said, identifying Pyongyang’s latest effort to expand its military might.

Apr 22, 2016

Lockheed Martin Canada opened its new IMPACT Centre in Ottawa this past week with a ribbon cutting event showcasing the innovative demonstration centre.

Apr 22, 2016

France and the United Kingdom validated their Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF) on 21 April as part of Exercise 'Griffin Strike'. The UK Secretary of Defence and his French counterpart jointly announced the Full Validation of Concept for the CJEF during a visit to the exercise that took place in southern England.

Apr 22, 2016

The Royal Canadian Navy is now conducting a feasibility study about extending the life of the Kingston-class ships.

Apr 22, 2016

The Department of National Defence is trying to determine what to do with as many as 1,800 of its employees after a fire closed the Louis St. Laurent building in Gatineau on Thursday.

Apr 22, 2016

The recent Liberal-approved export permits to allow the shipment of light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia should be declared illegal, according to a new submission to the Federal Court.

Apr 21, 2016

The new Leopard II Main Battle Tank Maintenance Facility was officially opened today at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown.

Apr 21, 2016

MPs on the U.K. Commons defence select committee said that George Osborne and Michael Fallon, the U.K. Defence Secretary, had only been able to meet the Nato target on defence spending (2% of GDP) by modifying Government accounting practices.

Apr 21, 2016

The Department of National Defence has been ordered to pay $100,000 for contravening the Fisheries Act, following a 2013 fuel spill in Halifax Harbour.

Apr 21, 2016

A former Liberal cabinet minister currently advising the Trudeau government on its new defence policy described ballistic missile defence two years ago as an “amazingly new form of weapons system” that Canada should join.

Apr 21, 2016

A Russian Su-27 multirole fighter barrel-rolled over a U.S. spy plane operating in international airspace over the Baltic Sea last week, at one point coming within 15 metres of the U.S. aircraft, the Pentagon said Monday.

Apr 21, 2016

President Barack Obama is set to meet with top officials from six Arab nations to discuss regional security issues in the Persian Gulf including the fight against the Islamic State militant group.

Apr 21, 2016

Some of the Canadian military’s top equipment programs – including projects to buy new maritime helicopters and Arctic patrol vessels – will see their funding delayed as the Defence Department tries to deal with the Liberal government’s recently announced budget.

Apr 21, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would not say Wednesday whether he plans any changes to disability benefits paperwork, after a veteran expressed frustration that the government has repeatedly forced him to fill out forms confirming he is still a double-amputee.

Apr 20, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested Tuesday that there was nothing unusual about his foreign affairs minister not seeking his input before signing export permits for the $15-billion Saudi arms deal.

Apr 20, 2016

Liberal chair suggests the committee agenda is already packed, and convening a subcommittee is not necessarily the best way to study this issue.

Apr 20, 2016

Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada, a charity staffed largely by veterans to help former comrades in need and which helped clients draw on the fund a couple of times a month, was recently notified that the fund had run dry.

Apr 20, 2016

Canada’s high-profile delivery of military supplies to Ukraine in the summer of 2014 appears to have been planned and executed under pressure from the prime minister in only 10 days, according to internal documents.

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