IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Jul 17, 2019

The United States has removed Turkey from the list of customers for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II after Ankara received the first parts of a Russian missile defence system. A long-time participant in the program, Turkey was in line to procure 100 of the stealth fighters.

Jul 17, 2019

The Government Accountability Office says that although the U.S. Army is reaching out to small businesses as part of its overall modernization effort, it is not fully leveraging Army expertise, including its Office of Small Business Programs.

Jul 17, 2019

A Turkish diplomat and a civilian were shot to death in Irbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan Region. No one immediately claimed responsibility but Turkey has already vowed to retaliate.

Jul 17, 2019

A foreign-registered oil tanker has been towed into Iranian waters after sending a distress signal in the Strait of Hormuz. A foreign ministry spokesman told Iranian media the vessel was towed “in accordance with international regulation.”

Jul 17, 2019

President Vladimir Putin’s push to modernize the Russian military, having cost some 20 trillion rubles (approximately C$400 billion) over the last decade, evidently has left his country’s defence sector deeply in debt.

Jul 17, 2019

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn his candidacy for the Pentagon's top job amidst reports of domestic violence in his family.

Jul 17, 2019

A recently released but subsequently deleted document written by a Canadian Senator for the Defense and Security Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly apparently confirmed that U.S. nuclear weapons are stored in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey.

Jul 16, 2019

The Government of Canada has awarded contracts to Chantier Davie and Seaspan Victoria Shipyards Limited (initially totalling $1 billion) to carry out maintenance work on the first group of Canada’s Halifax-class frigates. A similar contract with Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is currently being finalized.

Jul 16, 2019

The government has promised $7 billion worth of long-term maintenance contracts to three shipyards, and will be making major announcements today at shipyards in Quebec and Victoria.

Jul 16, 2019

Almost five months after a military standoff with India, Pakistan has fully reopened its airspace to civil traffic. The shutdown in February was in response to an Indian air strike against what was described as a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.

Jul 16, 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel says the European Union might not wake up to the threat of Iran "until Iranian nuclear missiles fall on European soil. He was reacting to a statement by EU foreign ministers to the effect that Iran's recent breaches of a 2015 deal limiting its nuclear program were insignificant.

Jul 16, 2019
Recent military exercises by South Korea and the United States, perceived by North Korea as preparations for an eventual invasion, have prompted the foreign ministry to issue a statement that it is considering ending its moratorium on nuclear development.
Jul 15, 2019

U.S. President Trump’s call for four Democratic Party congresswomen of colour to “go home” is being decried by world leaders as racist.His statement that the congresswomen “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe”, is being widely condemned.

Jul 15, 2019

Asked by a journalist July 15 whether U.S. President Donald Trump was being racist in calling on four female members of Congress to “go home”despite the fact that three were born in the U.S., Prime Minister Justin Trudeau replied that “I think Canadians and people around the world know exactly what I think.”

Jul 15, 2019

As Canada's extended participation in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali draws to a close, the country continues to grapple with Islamist violence and other challenges of organized crime, smuggling, drug and human trafficking, and terrorism.

Jul 15, 2019

Vassy Kapelos looks at defence factors that may inform voters in the coming Canadian election, such as defence spending, the Mark Norman fiasco, and general defence disarray.

Jul 15, 2019

During a visit to Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, Ont. July 15, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was urged by NATO Secetary General Jens Stoltenberg to not backtrack on boosting Canada’s defence spending. “After years of decline, we are now in the fifth consecutive year of rise in defence spending across Europe and Canada, and I encourage you to redouble your efforts,” he said at a press conference with Trudeau. “This is about fairness, but more importantly, it is about our security in a more unpredictable world.”

Jul 15, 2019

Security and intelligence-sharing between Britain and the United States are often cited as the key to their “special relationship” but are they increasingly at odds? Is the recent U.S. move to establish a naval taskforce to patrol flashpoints in the Persian Gulf and Red Sea sucking Britain more deeply into President Donald Trump’s confrontation with Iran?

Jul 12, 2019

The Chief of the Defence Staff has officially announced the following changes to senior leadership following the recent decision by LGen Wynnyk to retire from the VCDS position.

Jul 12, 2019

The first of six new nuclear-powered Barracuda attack submarines (SSNs) for the French Navy was ceremonially launched July 12 at Naval Group’s Cherbourg site. Acceptance trials of Suffren are scheduled in the first quarter of 2020. The new boats replace six Amethyste-class SSNs, the first of which entered service in 1992.

Jul 12, 2019

Turkey’s decision to go ahead with the acquisition of a Russian missile defence system has angered the United States, which is suggesting that it could jeopardize Turkey’s planned procurement of 100 Lockheed Martin F-36 Lighting II joint strike fighters, potentially allowing Russia to gain access to classified U.S. technology.

Jul 10, 2019

It seems the Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff has had enough of ping-pong-politics and is retiring as of 9 August. After initially agreeing to postpone his summer 2019 retirement plans, his role has been changed and then reversed within months by the CDS who was unsure of how to proceed after former VCDS, VAdm Mark Norman (who had been suspended by Gen Vance), was cleared of breach of trust charges.

Jul 10, 2019

Airbus and Boeing have formally complained and may pull out of a bidding process to supply Canada with new fighter jets because they say the contest is unfairly tilted toward Lockheed Martin’s F-35.

Jul 08, 2019

The first Airbus C295 purchased for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) program, completed its maiden flight on 4 July. Delivery is expected by the end of this year, when the RCAF will begin operational testing.

Jun 24, 2019

During a visit to Moscow, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Moscow and Cairo share a common vision on many issues. Shoukry said that both Egypt and Russia support the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including the need to reach a permanent and just solution to the Palestinian cause, and to establish a Palestinian state based on the "Green Line"borders of 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Jun 24, 2019

A pilot has died after two German military jets crashed in the northeastern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The planes were flying on a mission out of a major training center for the German air force.

Jun 21, 2019

A site has been officially approved for the federal government’s promised national monument for the war in Afghanistan. The decision by the NCC paves the way for the memorial to be built east of the Canadian War Museum in downtown Ottawa.

Jun 21, 2019

PSPC has provided aerospace firms a new draft version of the requirements for Canada’s next generation fighter jet fleet. Some changes have been made in the draft request for proposals document to deal with concerns raised by the companies, according to federal government sources.

Jun 21, 2019

The Senate's attempt to investigate the failed prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman is officially dead, the deputy chair of the upper chamber's defence committee said Thursday.

Jun 21, 2019

Former Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose's bill to give mandatory sexual assault training to federally appointed judges is dead, thanks to some procedural manoeuvring in the Senate.

Jun 20, 2019

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) deployed in Latvia signalled the beginning of construction of a new headquarters building today with a ground-breaking ceremony near the Latvian National Armed Forces’ Joint Headquarters in Riga.

Jun 20, 2019

Iran's Revolutionary Guard said it shot down a U.S. drone on Thursday, amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over Iran's collapsing nuclear deal with world powers, although American and Iranian officials are disputing exactly where the downing occurred.

Jun 20, 2019

A Hezbollah operative collected “detailed information” about security measures as Toronto’s Pearson airport, according to a report circulated by Canada’s air safety agency and obtained by Global News.

Jun 19, 2019

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) has completed a series of drills in the South China Sea, with the aim of improving interoperability and familiarity between the two services.

Jun 19, 2019

Former top military commanders and wounded veterans say it's "unconscionable" that an ex-cultural adviser who served alongside special forces in Afghanistan has been reduced to pleading with the Department of National Defence for treatment to cover his post-traumatic stress.

Jun 18, 2019

Reports of Hezbollah activity in North America are not new, but last month's criminal conviction in New York of the Hezbollah operative Ali Kourani reveals disturbing new information about the extent of operations and activities in the United States and Canada.

Jun 18, 2019

A Canadian paratrooper died and two US soldiers and another Canadian were injured on Monday during a low-altitude parachute jump during the US-led Swift Response 2019 military exercises near Plovdiv in Bulgaria.

Jun 18, 2019

The aerospace industry is “at risk” of being overtaken by foreign rivals if government doesn’t treat it as an “urgent priority” and work with the sector to staunch falling employment and GDP contributions, an industry report says.

Jun 18, 2019

A Senate investigation of the failed prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was given a short lease on life Monday as its defence committee voted to produce a report on the scandal later this summer, if it's given permission to sit that long.

Jun 17, 2019

Egypt's first democratically elected president, Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi, who was ousted by the military in 2013 after a year in office, collapsed in court while on trial Monday and died, state TV and his family said.

Jun 17, 2019

Commodore Josée Kurtz of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) officially assumed command of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2), from Commodore Boudewijn Boots of the Royal Netherlands Navy, during a change of command ceremony held in Souda Bay on the Greek island of Crete over the weekend.

Jun 17, 2019

Conservative senators are throwing in the towel over a planned investigation into the failed prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.

Jun 17, 2019
The Senate’s defence committee will finally get an answer on Monday over whether Vice-Admiral Mark Norman will agree to testify over the circumstances around his controversial prosecution. But it may be too late.
Jun 14, 2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had blamed Iran for the "unprovoked attacks" on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, and Iran has rebuffed that accusation, affirming its responsibility for security in the Strait of Hormuz.

Jun 14, 2019

Lawmakers on Wednesday grilled a State Department official over President Donald Trump’s decision to sell arms to Saudi Arabia without congressional review, with the top Democrat on the House panel describing the move as a “slap in the face” and Republicans also voicing objections.

Jun 14, 2019

Russian forces have trialled new electronic warfare (EW) tactics designed for comprehensive protection against air assets such as cruise missiles, airborne radars, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 10 June.

Jun 14, 2019

Victoria council dropped its plan Thursday to seek federal funds to cover Remembrance Day ceremony costs, deciding apologies to veterans and those currently serving in Canada's Armed Forces were in order.

Jun 14, 2019

The Canadian government is poised to spend more than half a billion dollars on new anti-submarine torpedoes after the U.S. State Department approved the deal last month.

Jun 14, 2019

The head of Canada’s anti-hate network is questioning why the Canadian Forces is dragging its heels when it comes to dealing with white supremacists and neo-Nazis in its ranks even though it was warned about the problem by military police last year.

Jun 13, 2019

Vice Adm. Art McDonald assumed command of the Royal Canadian Navy in a ceremony Wednesday in Halifax that also saw the military audience applaud the appearance of Vice Adm. Mark Norman.

Jun 13, 2019

The federal government has quietly taken construction of the coast guard's next heavy icebreaker away from Vancouver shipyard Seaspan, the latest in a string of upheavals in Canada's multibillion-dollar shipbuilding strategy.

Jun 13, 2019

Craig Dalton, Canada's new veterans ombudsman, says he fears his office has lost the trust and respect of some former soldiers and their families.

Jun 12, 2019

Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd turns over command of the RCN to Vice-Admiral Art McDonald in Halifax during a Change of Command ceremony presided over by General Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff.

Jun 12, 2019

At 10:17 EST, under heavy fog cover, Canada’s newest satellite venture successfully launched all three satellites of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission into orbit from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California.

Jun 12, 2019

Canada’s chief military judge took the witness box during his own court martial on Tuesday, during which he spoke about his personal and professional relationship with his deputy – who is also the presiding judge for his trial.

Jun 11, 2019

The court martial of Canada's chief military judge kicked off Monday with testimony about the accused's friendship with the presiding judge. It goes deeper than friendship, the presiding judge is also the accused's former Deputy.

Jun 11, 2019

Lockheed Martin delivers software upgrade to the U.S. Air Force’s current GPS ground control system. The upgrade will enable the Air Force to start commanding the new, next-generation GPS III satellites now coming off the production line and beginning to launch.

Jun 11, 2019

In a court challenge to a major procurement decision, the Govt states it has "sole discretion" to cancel and re-issue an RFP, while a lawyer for company counters that the Govt's right should not conflict with its duty "to act fairly."

Jun 11, 2019

Almost two months ago, on April 16, a soldier finished a 10-day sentence at the military’s prison, or ‘detention barracks,’ in Edmonton and was released. He was the only person confined at the 25-cell medium-security prison, which costs about $2 million a year to run, and has 26 full-time staff.

Jun 11, 2019

Soldiers tried for sexual assault are acquitted in military courts far more often than defendants in civilian courts who face the same charges, a new report says.

Jun 11, 2019

The commander of Canada's air force wants to pay retention and signing bonuses to pilots, one measure of several meant to address the military's shortage of experienced aviators and mechanics.

Jun 11, 2019

The criteria that will govern the selection of the winning bid to provide Canada’s next fleet of fighter jets will prioritize strategic attack and foreign ground-strike capabilities, according to government documents obtained by Postmedia – guidelines that are seen to favour Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth fighter.

Jun 10, 2019

The RADARSAT Constellation Mission – Canada’s next generation of Earth observation satellites – will launch on 12 June 2019 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

Jun 10, 2019

Davie Shipbuilding says that unlike its rival, Irving Shipbuilding, it has never been notified by the federal government when journalists call Ottawa with questions about the Quebec company’s contracts or obligations.

Jun 10, 2019

Canada's former commander in Iraq says the Islamic State may have been defeated on the battlefield, but the militant group remains alive and well as an insurgency and could still wield strong influence in the war-torn region.

Jun 10, 2019

Canada's military spies can collect and share information about Canadian citizens – including material gathered by chance – as long as it supports a legitimate investigation, says a newly disclosed federal directive.

Jun 07, 2019

After a near collision at sea this morning (03:35 GMT), Russia claims the USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) crossed just 50 metres in front of Russian destroyer Udaloy I (DD 572), and say they were forced to perform "emergency manoeuvring" to avoid a collision. U.S. forces blame the Russians, saying Chancellorsville was forced to engage reverse thrusters. See video at this link.

Jun 07, 2019

With an eye on sophisticated Russian jamming and spoofing technology, the U.S. Army will field test jam-resistant position, navigation and timing gear with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Germany this September.

Jun 07, 2019

A homeless veteran living out of her van has received offers of money, employment and places to stay from people in Ottawa and across the country.

Jun 06, 2019

Britain has fallen behind its allies and potential adversaries in key armored combat vehicle capabilities and must do more to become a force to be reckoned with, UK Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt has warned.

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