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IN THE NEWS

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.

Dec 16, 2015

A spokesman for National Defence says the air force is expecting to retire only four of its venerable CH-124 Sea King helicopters in 2016 in addition to the four it has already put out pasture.

Dec 16, 2015

After more than a decade mired in politics and bureaucracy, a program to buy new military, fixed-wing, search-and-rescue planes is expected to take flight early in the new year with the submission of bids.

Dec 15, 2015

Rear-Admiral John Newton, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic, today issued condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Leading Seaman Benoit Bilodeau, who was discovered deceased in Halifax yesterday.

Dec 15, 2015

Armed forces around the world - including US military - will no longer be automatically excluded from including their carbon emissions under national reductions targets

Dec 15, 2015

Germany's defense minister said on Tuesday she welcomed Saudi Arabia's announcement of the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism.

Dec 15, 2015

Police say the body of a sailor who was reported missing in the Halifax area last month has been found on a wooded trail. RCMP say the body of 48-year-old Leading seaman Benoit Bilodeau was discovered Monday by a passerby on the Shearwater Flyer Trail off Howard Avenue.

Dec 15, 2015

Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that 34 nations have agreed to form a new “Islamic military alliance” to fight terrorism with a joint operations centre based in the kingdom’s capital, Riyadh.

Dec 15, 2015

Harjit Sajjan, Canada's new defence minister, is uniquely qualified to know how Ottawa's abstract policy decisions can be bent, twisted and mangled in the far-flung corners of the globe — sometimes to the detriment of those in uniform.

Dec 14, 2015

The Department of National Defence was the department with the largest amount of lapsed funding. So what is the background on this? DND spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier provided details to Defence Watch.

Dec 14, 2015

Canada is being asked by allies to keep its military refuelling aircraft and surveillance planes in the fight against the Islamic State, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion.

Dec 14, 2015

Canada's air force must speed up crew training and the delivery of CH-148 Cyclone helicopters in the next two years to avoid a shortage as five decade old CH-124 Sea Kings are finally retired, says a senior defence official.

Dec 14, 2015

Russia said Sunday that one of its warships had fired warning shots at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean Sea to avoid a collision, and that it had summoned Turkey’s military attache in Moscow over the incident.

Dec 11, 2015

The Pentagon is going to develop two prototypes of machines that can destroy chemical weapons on the spot and avoid the complex logistics of transporting such arsenals.

Dec 11, 2015

Despite a call from the U.S. defense secretary for allies to do more in the fight against ISIS, the Canadian government is refusing to confirm whether it will keep surveillance and refuelling aircraft in Iraq and Syria after the CF-18s are pulled from the mission.

Dec 11, 2015

Conservatives turned up the rhetoric and the heat Thursday, accusing Justin Trudeau's government of making the country — and members of the military in particular — look weak with their plan to pull CF-18s from combat against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

Dec 10, 2015

Afghanistan says its forces have repelled a Taliban attack on the Kandahar airport that lasted more than 24 hours and killed 50 people, mainly civilians. The Defence Ministry said Thursday that the dead included 38 civilians, 10 Afghan soldiers and two police. It said the 11 "terrorists" who took part in the assault were killed, and the fighting ended late Wednesday.

Dec 10, 2015

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan was non-committal Wednesday about renewing Canada's $300 million support for Afghan security forces, despite a deadly attack at Kandahar Airfield that left dozens dead.

Dec 09, 2015

Five new criminal investigations have been launched into sexual misconduct in the Canadian Forces as a result of information received by a new response centre in Ottawa.

Dec 09, 2015

The Spanish Navy will deploy two auxiliary oiler and replenishment (AOR) vessels in 2016 to "cover the Canadian Navy's temporary need for logistic support vessels in the North Atlantic," military sources told Defense News.

Dec 09, 2015

Canadians are unsure that bombing ISIS targets will work, are hesitant about sending troops to the Middle East, but think a ground war may be needed. These are the main findings of a recent nationwide public opinion survey conducted by Abacus Data.

Dec 09, 2015

Seven Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel begin Operation ARTEMIS this week as part of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) in Bahrain.

Dec 09, 2015

Her Majesty's Canadian Ships (HMC Ships) Brandon and Whitehorse recently concluded their participation in Operation CARIBBE 2015 with a substantial contribution to the multinational campaign against illicit trafficking in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Dec 08, 2015

The B-52 is an Air Force plane that refuses to die. Originally slated for retirement generations ago, it continues to be deployed in conflict after conflict.

Dec 08, 2015

Canada’s bombing missions against Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria will end in a “matter of weeks,” Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion says.

Dec 08, 2015

NATO wants to see Canada play a role in its reconstituted military mission to train Iraqi security forces — an idea the alliance's secretary general pitched directly to Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion, The Canadian Press has learned.

Dec 07, 2015

The Canadian Army has launched a strategy aimed at increasing the readiness and resiliency of soldiers and their families. The Army recognizes the significant demands military life places on the entire Army team and aims to support its people in improving their individual and collective performance.

Dec 07, 2015

Government contracts are the lifeblood of any defence industry but as the South African economy stagnates and state spending narrows, local companies will have to rely more heavily on exports.

Dec 07, 2015

Russia has completed construction of six advanced military basis in the Arctic, according to TASS. The sites are spread across the far northern limits of the country and give it a significant presence in areas subject to various international claims, including Canada.

Dec 07, 2015

In last Friday's Throne speech, the Liberal government promised that it will "invest in building a leaner, more agile, better-equipped military.” But, what does "leaner" mean, Matt Gurney asks in today's National Post.

Dec 07, 2015

Syria's government has accused the US-led coalition of launching air strikes on a Syrian army camp that killed three soldiers and wounded 13. The US has denied the claim, saying the alliance carried out four air strikes against oil wells in the province - all of them miles away from the alleged location of the incident.

Dec 07, 2015

The Italian Air Force received its first of a planned 90 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter on 3 December, the Pentagon's Joint Program Office announced.

Dec 07, 2015

Britain's army was called in to help put down sandbags and evacuated people from their homes Sunday as stormy weather left the country's northern towns and cities severely flooded.

Dec 04, 2015

The new Liberal government has moved to reform Canada's costly National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, promising a new system to evaluate costs, launch quarterly public updates and provide annual reports to Parliament.

Dec 04, 2015

Military police are investigating the alleged sexual assault of one crew member by another on board HMCS Athabaskan, CBC News has learned.

Dec 03, 2015

A sailor who ballooned to 301 pounds while he was in the Canadian navy will be receiving a disability award after arguing his health problems were partly due to unhealthy military food.

Dec 03, 2015

Rona Ambrose spoke in personal terms about the fight against terrorism in her first speech to the Conservative caucus as interim leader. And she signaled Wednesday that her official Opposition Tories will push the new Liberal government to reverse its plans to withdraw Canadian jets from combat against ISIL.

Dec 03, 2015

British bombers made their first strikes on Islamic State in Syria on Thursday, hitting oil fields that Prime Minister David Cameron says are being used to fund attacks on the West.

Dec 03, 2015

Things aren’t looking good for the Canadian Surface Combatant or CSC. On Wednesday, Vice Admiral Mark Norman, the head of the Royal Canadian Navy, told CBC what most folks in industry had known all along and have been warning about.

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