IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Nov 12, 2015

Justin Trudeau’s decision to take charge of a new cabinet committee on Intelligence and Emergency Management was described by security experts as a bold but risky move that could put the prime minister on the hook if there is a security intelligence failure.

Nov 11, 2015

Students at Canadian Universities have responded in record numbers to the 2016 Unmanned Systems Canada Student UAS Competition. A total of 18 teams from across Canada have registered for the event. 

Nov 11, 2015

Things are looking up for defense CEOs. A two-year budget deal recently struck by Congress and the White House should give Pentagon contractors a respite from the fiscal cliffs that have been the norm during the Obama administration.

Nov 11, 2015

Canada’s top soldier says a timeline has not yet been set for the promised withdrawal of Canadian troops from the bombing mission against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Nov 11, 2015

The Minister of National Defence, the Chief of the Defence Staff, and the Chief Warrant Officer today issued statements on the occasion of Remembrance Day 2015.

Nov 11, 2015

The Minister of National Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff yesterday issued statements regarding the 2015 Surgeon General Report on Suicide Mortality in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Nov 11, 2015

A new report on the risk of suicide among men in the Canadian Armed Forces has, for the first time, identified risk factors, including having served in the Army (as opposed to another unit) and having worked with combat arms.

Nov 10, 2015

A supplier on the F-35 stealth jet fighter isn't yet willing to accept the death of a Canadian order for the costly airplane despite the election promises of the federal Liberals.

Nov 10, 2015

The Canadian military is already prepared to house 12,000 Syrian refugees -- nearly half of the 25,000 that the Liberal government has promised to bring to the country -- by the end of the year, CTV News has learned.

Nov 10, 2015

Canada’s new minister of national defence said he warned NATO command against a fateful 2006 Afghanistan mission that sent Canadian soldiers into an ambush where four were killed, but alliance officials ignored his warning.

Nov 10, 2015

The pace of Canada’s aerial bombardments against ISIL has picked up since Justin Trudeau became prime minister, a curious scenario given his campaign pledge to withdraw from the U.S.-led mission in Iraq and Syria.

Iraq seized Canadian Hercules carrying weapons
Nov 10, 2015

Iraqi officials temporarily seized a military aircraft carrying weapons for Canadian special forces in Kurdistan, amid a wave of anti-western conspiracy theories rife in Iraqi politics.

Nov 09, 2015

Border officers have been warned that “disillusioned and traumatized foreign fighters” who had been taking part in extremist violence in Syria and Iraq may be trying to slip back into Canada, declassified documents show.

Nov 09, 2015

Michael Blake: Now that the election campaign rhetoric has cooled and the Liberals are coming to grips with actually running the country, one of the major things the newly elected federal government must decide is when, where and how to deploy Canada's military.

Nov 09, 2015

Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr calls it “devastating and tragic” that 59 soldiers who served in Afghanistan have since taken their lives, and he promises to transform the way Ottawa deals with members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have been in combat.

Nov 09, 2015

Over the next three months, Canada’s Cold War Museum will host an art exhibit titled "Group 6: The Canadian Forces Artists Program 2012-2013", which opened yesterday in the Bank of Canada Vault.

Nov 06, 2015

Today, 1,650 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen, and Special Operations Forces personnel, in Portugal, Spain, Italy, and at sea, completed the live exercise portion of JOINTEX 15.

Nov 06, 2015

A confidential October 29 report by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a summary of which was shown to Reuters, concluded "with the utmost confidence that at least two people were exposed to sulphur mustard" in the town of Marea, north of Aleppo, on August 21.

Nov 06, 2015

Fresh allegations of war crimes and coverup levelled at Canadian military police and commanders in Afghanistan and in Ottawa are now under investigation by an independent watchdog.

Nov 06, 2015

Seven years ago, then Brig.-Gen. Jon Vance sought out Lt.-Col. Harjit Sajjan’s crucial advice on whom to trust and whom to stay away from in the political and very real minefield that was Kandahar.

Nov 06, 2015

Canada’s new minister of National Defence is still a serving member of the Canadian Forces, putting him in the unusual position of theoretically having to take orders from generals who are supposed to answer to him.

Nov 05, 2015

A former top Canadian soldier and a former top Toronto cop are among the star Liberal MPs shut out of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's maiden cabinet. 

Nov 05, 2015

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says a Canadian fighting the Islamic State group in Syria has been killed in a suicide attack.

Nov 05, 2015

A government expert group that examined a dozen veterans’ suicides urged Canada to routinely review such deaths to learn lessons that might help prevent future tragedies – a five-year-old call to action that has yet to be fully adopted.

Nov 05, 2015

Many defence ministers pose for photos with military hardware, but few pull off the true badass combat stance as well as Harjit Singh Sajjan — draped in flak jacket and camouflage, gripping an assault rifle on an actual battlefield.

Nov 04, 2015

Harjit Sajjan, Liberal MP for the British Columbia riding of Vancouver South, was today named Minister of National Defence in the new Trudeau government.

Nov 04, 2015

Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc (PiS - Law and Justice Party) decisively won Poland's 25 October election, and the party looks set to shake up Poland's defence procurement structures, alter upcoming requirements, and to re-run some key defence competitions.

Nov 04, 2015

Canada’s Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent will present today the 2015 Veterans Ombudsman Commendation to Lieutenant-General the Honourable Roméo Dallaire (Ret'd) and Captain Raimo (Ray) Kokkonen (Ret’d) for their exceptional contribution to the well-being of Veterans and their families.

Nov 04, 2015

A panel of leading defence and security experts say Canada's new government should take the politically sensitive step of joining the U.S. ballistic missile defence program and talk with NATO about how to improve military deterrence in the Arctic.

Nov 04, 2015

Russia got a privileged window into what Canada’s 1,200 troops have been up to during Operation Trident Juncture — the massive NATO exercise involving tens of thousands of troops currently taking place in various locations across Europe — when a Spetsnaz (Special Forces) colonel and other Russian officers dropped by the other day to observe them in action.

Nov 03, 2015

The federal government confirms a Canadian is under arrest in Iraq after it was reported that a former member of the Canadian Forces who fought there with the Kurds against ISIS has been detained.

Nov 03, 2015

A Canadian Forces soldier and Afghanistan war veteran who went on a drunken shooting rampage has been sentenced to two years less a day in jail.

Nov 03, 2015

A source inside Canada's Liberal Party, which secured a parliamentary majority in the country's federal elections on 19 October, confirmed to Reuters on 26 October that the party will completely restart the process of finding a replacement for the country's CF-18 Hornets.

Nov 03, 2015

The Canadian Forces rejected an internal recommendation to expand its addictions program to better help military members struggling with substance abuse, despite being aware that nearly six in 10 soldiers who died by suicide in recent years had been dependent on alcohol or drugs.

Nov 02, 2015

The rapid retreat of ocean ice cover, a newly emboldened Russia and the covetous gaze of nations keen to exploit new shipping lanes and vast mineral wealth are putting the Arctic's longstanding stability under pressure.

Nov 02, 2015

NATO‘s supreme commander is on a pilgrimage to the Pentagon to ask for three things. Gen. Philip Breedlove wants more intelligence support, more naval power, and continued focus on the Russian threat to Europe. That’s tricky at a time when the Russian intervention in Syria — where the US will now send special operations…

Nov 02, 2015

158 Canadian soldiers died in the Afghanistan mission. But the losses did not end there. A Globe and Mail investigation reveals a disturbing number the military has kept secret: that at least 54 soldiers and vets killed themselves after they returned from war.

Nov 02, 2015

More than a dozen countries gathered in Vienna this week to broker an end to the four-and-a-half year Syrian civil war. The National Post’s Alia Dharssi breaks down what the key players at the talks were seeking.

Oct 30, 2015

The head of the Canadian Armed Forces is unveiling new details in his plan to counter a culture of sexual harassment in the military. General Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff, announced Wednesday night he is hiring "gender advisers" to contribute to military operations planning.

Oct 30, 2015

The Canadian Armed Forces is scrambling to determine how many Syrian refugees could be temporarily accommodated at military bases as they draft plans to help the incoming Liberal government fulfill a campaign promise to bring 25,000 asylum seekers here by Jan. 1.

Oct 30, 2015

The Department of National Defence wants to eliminate the positions of around 1,100 managers in the Ottawa area as it tries to create what it calls a “lean headquarters.”

Oct 30, 2015

Canadian fighter planes have now been connected to a second airstrike in Iraq that has been reviewed by the Pentagon for possible civilian casualties, CBC's the fifth estate has learned.

Oct 30, 2015

Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau's campaign promise to sign the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty will take a lot more work now that Canada has missed the official deadline to join.

Oct 30, 2015

The 1983 US-Soviet “war scare” is one of the most controversial episodes of the Cold War. Now we finally know it was also one of the most dangerous, thanks to a February 1990 report published by the National Security Archive at George Washington University this week after a 12-year Freedom of Information Act battle.

Oct 30, 2015

Online jihadists are reacting with “elation and a sense of triumph at a perceived defeat of Canada” over last week’s election results as they anticipate the Liberals’ promised end to airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, says a report released Thursday.

Oct 29, 2015

A "military artifact" was uncovered as archeological crews dug at a downtown construction site, Toronto police say. Crews have not confirmed exactly what the artifact is, but said it is believed to be some type of shell dating back to the First or Second World War.

Oct 29, 2015

The military blimp that finally touched down in Pennsylvania today after breaking from its moorings is part of a $2.7 billion test program known as JLENS, which the Pentagon has developed to detect low-flying drones and cruise missiles.

Oct 29, 2015

The US House and Senate armed services committees are working to identify $5 billion to cut from the defense budget as part of a larger budget pact between Congress and the White House, leaving procurement programs vulnerable to reductions.

Oct 29, 2015

The country's military ombudsman has found that National Defence is reluctant to conduct regular health assessments on reservists because over one-third of them have no family doctor — and if they're sick it would be the department's responsibility to care for them.

Oct 28, 2015

Evidence of an affair between Canada’s former top soldier in Haiti and his assistant was always circumstantial. Now, five years later, a federal judge has ruled the grievance Col. Bernard Ouellette filed over his dismissal was not handled fairly and ordered a review by the chief of the defence staff.

Oct 28, 2015

The U.S. is pledging to sail more warships past the shores of artificial islands in the South China Sea as the world’s most powerful military seeks to strip away the expansionist claims of China and other nations in waters crucial to the global movement of goods.

Oct 28, 2015

Britain will maintain the scale of its military presence in Afghanistan throughout 2016, the country's defense minister told lawmakers Tuesday.

Oct 28, 2015

Foreign military personnel played a crucial role in stemming the Ebola outbreak in Liberia and Sierra Leone, researchers say, but warned against treating their intervention as a blueprint for future humanitarian crises.

Oct 28, 2015

Every region of the country has its own unique phrases, but they have nothing on the complex lexicon that people in the US military share.

Oct 28, 2015

As the UK government puts the finishing touches to its latest attempt to ensure its nation is properly equipped to defend itself against future threats, trying to repair the enormous damage inflicted on our Armed Forces by the previous round of defence cuts will be no easy matter.

Oct 28, 2015

Affirming its status as the nation’s builder of stealthy bombers, Northrop Grumman today won what will probably be the biggest defense contract of the decade, the $80 billion, $564 million-per-plane Long-Range Strike Bomber program, which will enter service circa 2025.

Oct 28, 2015

The new Liberal government faces several early, big decisions that will shape Canada’s strategic posture for decades to come.

Oct 27, 2015

The United States' military spending has dominated the world for years, but recent figures show that other nations are beginning to catch up.

Oct 27, 2015

National Defence is struggling to implement a program to give the military less administrative tail and more operational teeth, which was a signature initiative of the outgoing Conservative government.

Oct 27, 2015

The Canadian Forces ombudsman will conduct a full review of the Canadian Rangers program, CBC News has learned, following stories about deaths among members of the military's northern patrol units.

Oct 27, 2015

Having made his promise to end the anti-ISIL air mission, Justin Trudeau is stuck with it — even if it does not serve the larger and desperate needs of the thousands of people being terrorized by ISIL, and even if it leaves our allies left in the fight while Canada goes home.

Oct 26, 2015

With just three months left before the National Commission on the Future of the Army must turn in its report to Congress, it is taking deep, analytical dives into force structure and meeting operational demand.

Oct 26, 2015

Representatives of Team Spartan, including Alenia Aermacchi director Roberto Leva and Ian McIntyre, training solutions specialist for DRS Technologies, recently announced the team’s plans to establish a FWSAR training centre at 19 Wing Comox as part of its bid for the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue project.

Oct 26, 2015

U.S. and Canadian naval units began a Task Group Exercise (TGEX) off the coast of Southern California on Oct. 20, the U.S. Navy has announced. Participating units from the Royal Canadian Navy include Halifax-class frigates HMCS Calgary and HMCS Vancouver as well as Victoria-class submarine HMCS Chicoutimi.

Oct 26, 2015

Russian submarines and spy ships are aggressively operating near the vital undersea cables that carry almost all global Internet communications, raising concerns among U.S. military and intelligence officials that the Russians might plan to attack those lines in times of conflict.

Oct 26, 2015

It didn’t take long for some in uniform to coin a new phrase for Gen. Jon Vance’s Operation Honour, which aims to send a tough message to those who engage in sexual harassment, assault or other inappropriate behaviour.

Oct 23, 2015

Not surprisingly, one of the most discussed questions these days in the halls of National Defence headquarters is centered on who will become the new Minister of National Defence.

Oct 23, 2015

The Parachute Regiment has won a 15-year-long battle to reinstate its famous wartime Pegasus emblem, after it was controversially axed in a defence shake-up.

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