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IN THE NEWS

Aug 16, 2018

A former high-ranking CFB Esquimalt naval officer has been charged with four counts of sexual assault carried out while providing acupuncture, massage therapy and traditional Chinese medicine. As a result of his navy ties, many of his clients were said to be military members.

Aug 16, 2018

Japan’s homegrown defense industry continues to secure significant amounts of contracts from the U.S. government, but concerns linger over the high level of spending on big-ticket items acquired via the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program, and the outlook for Japan’s push into the global arms market remains cloudy.

Aug 16, 2018

A hefty unpaid bill from the RCMP is highlighting once again the dysfunction inside a troubled security force created in 2015 to protect Parliament Hill and its politicians from armed attackers.

Aug 16, 2018

The federal government is discussing a "refresh" of its national shipbuilding strategy, according to documents released under Access To Information but details are scant. Under the current program, major government ship construction is assigned to two shipyards but one of those companies, Irving Shipbuilding of Halifax is concerned the policy might change.

Aug 16, 2018

By declaring a state of emergency Tuesday, the British Columbia government gains access to additional internal authority and outside resources to combat serious forest fires across the province. The federal government has offered personnel and aircraft from the Canadian Forces and other assistance.

Aug 16, 2018

Shannon Stubbs, a Conservative MP from Alberta faces criticism after saying it’s an “utter embarrassment for Canada" that a lawyer who represented Omar Khadr has been appointed as a federal judge. Academics and opposition politicians point out that the Canadian system guarantees the accused legal representation.

Aug 15, 2018

India is ready with its plan to create a new body to handle military purchases in a speedy manner. The plan to set up a new defence acquisition organization has been in the works since last year, and final touches have been given to its structuring and staffing.

Aug 15, 2018

Russia poses a serious threat to Britain because the military is failing to protect the Arctic flank, a new report says. Britain’s ability to defend against threats from the Arctic and the High North is at risk due to cost savings, skill fade and a lack of intellectual investment.

Aug 15, 2018

The City of Montreal is set to call for a nationwide ban on handguns and assault weapons, joining Toronto in pressing the Trudeau government to beef up its proposed firearms legislation.

Aug 15, 2018

Italian authorities are looking into what caused a major highway bridge to collapse Tuesday in Genoa, killing at least 26 people. A large section of the Morandi Bridge fell during a violent storm, apparently without warning, sending some cars plunging 45 meters.

Aug 14, 2018

The names Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Jose were once like any other. Now, they make those who were affected by 2017's hurricane season shudder. Forecasts for 2018 project that the number of storms this year will be higher than average. This free resource will help your organization prepare.

Aug 14, 2018

On Friday, a federal politician said Davie Shipyard would qualify for work under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. In a statement, Irving Shipbuilding calls on the government to confirm that the National Shipbuilding Strategy remains intact and ships for Canada’s Navy and Coast Guard will be done exclusively by Irving Shipbuilding and Vancouver Shipyards.

Aug 14, 2018

A dozen years after the Canadian involvement in Afghanistan began to prove deadly serious, a kind of peace and stability has come to the province of Kandahar. Did Canada's sacrifice and effort make a difference?

Aug 14, 2018

The government may be taking a closer look at private financial transactions than Canadians know. The law covering money laundering and terrorist financing is now under review, while US news reports suggest Canada has a low conviction rate for such crimes..

Aug 14, 2018

The US President has signed an agreement authorizing $717 billion in defence spending. The act authorizes a 2.6 percent military pay raise and increases the active duty forces by 15,600 service members.

Aug 14, 2018
PGW Defence Technologies of Winnipeg will be delivering its LRT-3 .50 calibre sniper rifle to Ukraine’s military. The sale, worth about $1 million, was approved by Global Affairs Canada last week.
Aug 14, 2018
The B.C. government made a formal request for help Monday, and the federal government has already responded with a pledge of 200 CAF troops, as well as aircraft to help move people and supplies.
Aug 14, 2018
Two people were injured when a car drove into security barriers outside the British parliament on Tuesday and the driver was arrested, emergency services said, with counter-terrorism police leading the investigation into the incident.
Aug 14, 2018
The federal task force managing the government's response to the spike in the number of migrants crossing the border into Canada illegally is getting a new leader.
Aug 13, 2018

Defense News has ranked global defence companies by defence revenue – that is, sales that support efforts in military, intelligence and aspects of homeland security. It’s a tactic that isolates the one statistic that best reflects market presence. Here, then, are the top 100.

Aug 13, 2018

The U.K. Ministry of Defence and the new not-for-profit TechVets, which specializes in helping veterans get jobs in the cyber security and technology sector, have joined forces to help more veterans become cyber warriors.

Aug 13, 2018

The Canadian Armed Forces' Bold Eagle program invites Indigenous youth from Western Canada and northwestern Ontario to a six-week program that fuses basic military training with a unique cultural learning experience at CFB Wainwright in Alberta.

Aug 13, 2018

Canada's program to build military ships could be sailing towards disaster. An independent expert says the multi-billion dollar plan may be beyond the government's capacity to manage successfully.

Aug 10, 2018

The United States will devote $700 billion to its budget for 2018, dwarfing Russia’s $66 billion effort, a trend that has been consistent for more than 25 years. Yet Russia’s military has been relatively successful in recent conflicts, while the US armed forces have not.

Aug 10, 2018

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence yesterday unveiled the Pentagon’s plan to set the stage for a Space Force – a new military service branch centered around space operations – which could be in effect as early as 2020.

Aug 10, 2018

The diplomatic deterioration between Canada and Saudi Arabia has thrust a controversial arms deal between the two countries back into the spotlight. The deal, valued at $14.8 billion, is the largest military export agreement in Canadian history. So far, Saudi Arabia has not indicated that it will scrap it.

Aug 10, 2018
Governments and police are not collecting national statistics on whether guns are smuggled or sourced domestically.
Aug 10, 2018

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Jonathan Vance wants to replace existing Canadian Forces uniforms that use CADPAT camouflage and expressed a preference for the US MultiCam pattern. Guy Cramer, president of HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp., a top designer of military camouflage says replacing the current Canadian design would be a waste of money.

Aug 10, 2018

The Canada Revenue Agency has taken away the Ottawa Islamic Centre and Assalam Mosque's charitable status after audits showed that, “Many of the views expressed by the organization’s speakers are misogynistic, homophobic, racist and/or promote violence.” Mosque officials have denied promoting intolerance.

Aug 10, 2018

A former navy officer has filed a claim against three heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) engineers responsible for systems on Canadian navy vessels during his career, after permanent lung disease forced him into retirement. Alan Doucette lost a federal court case against the government. In the military from 2002 until 2012, he worked aboard HMCS Iroquois and HMCS Athabaskan.

Aug 09, 2018

Britain’s defense exports recorded a massive 53 percent uptick in 2017, figures released by the government show. British defense companies secured exports valued at £9 billion ($11.59 billion) last year; it’s the second largest annual export success in the last decade.

Aug 09, 2018

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Charlottetown and Kingston have departed from their home port of Halifax to participate in this year’s Operation NANOOK, the Canadian government’s annual northern sovereignty operation.

Aug 09, 2018
The British Defence Secretary has confirmed specialist Army trainers will travel to Africa to help tackle sexual violence after visiting Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.
Aug 09, 2018

The strategic context in which the CAF operates has shifted dramatically over the last decade or more – driven by an evolving balance of power, the changing nature of conflict, and the rapid evolution of technology. These new challenges demand a new response in the way the CAF operates and is funded.

Aug 09, 2018

Young veterans leaving the forces are at the highest risk of suicide, says the top military psychiatrist overseeing their care in Canada.

Aug 09, 2018

An 'after action' report says military radios were unreliable as Canadian Forces personnel fought British Columbia wildfires in 2017. The military says it is in the process of buying new radios.

Aug 09, 2018

Vaughan Fire Rescue Service in Ontario created a mandatory three-hour 'recovery' time for responders after a 2015 crash that killed four people. The service is working with local area fire, EMS and law agencies to expand the 'decompression' program.

Aug 09, 2018

Canadian laws on money laundering are so weak that Australian officials call one illegal technique "the Vancouver method". A growing number of officials and academics in Canada and the United States are calling for stricter Canadian regulation.

Aug 08, 2018

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis seems to have reversed course on his previous stance against a Space Force, telling reporters on Tuesday that the U.S. DoD is supportive of establishing a new combatant command for space.

Aug 08, 2018

From August 3 to 10, Canada is hosting the Summer Congress of Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) and Interallied Confederation of Medical Reserve Officers (CIOMR) in Quebec City.

Aug 08, 2018

Canada started its year-long, dangerous peacekeeping mission in Mali on Aug. 1, but the Conservative defence critic says it’s unclear if the mission is in Canada’s national interest and that he will push for a debate and a House vote when the Commons returns in September.

Aug 08, 2018

The Conservative Party’s defence critic James Bezan says Canadian-made sniper rifles could be delivered to Ukraine’s military in time for combat against Russian-backed forces this fall. Few details about the weapons deal are available.

Aug 08, 2018

A newspaper report says Ayanle Hassan Ali, found not criminally responsible for trying to kill three soldiers at a Toronto recruiting centre, may attend Mohawk College, near the secure Hamilton psychiatric unit where he’s now held. The board releasing him notes, he “still poses a significant threat to the safety of the public”.

Aug 07, 2018

The contemporary battlefield of cyberspace merited not one single mention in President Donald Trump's remarks alongside Putin in Finland recently. Unless you count the infamous Democratic National Committee server, that is, which he referenced nine times. While Trump obsesses about politics, the U.S. is exposed to great danger.

Aug 07, 2018

According to immigration lawyers, border officials have collected DNA samples from at least three immigration detainees in the past year in their attempts to identify their ethnicity, track down relatives and establish nationality in order to remove these individuals from Canada.

Aug 07, 2018

The future of one of Canada’s largest arms deals - and whether axing it could hurt Liberal prospects in 2019 - is fast becoming a major question after Saudi Arabia reacted to criticism of its treatment of female activists by ejecting the Canadian ambassador Sunday night and ordering a freeze on all new trade.

Aug 07, 2018

A Canadian board of inquiry into possible misconduct during combat operations in Afghanistan in 2008 has still not released its report. A member of the JTF2 special forces unit alleges another member shot and killed an Afghan attempting to surrender. A 2011 statement said there had been no criminal acts but that other issues were still being addressed.

Aug 07, 2018

In the middle of a diplomatic dispute between Canada and Saudi Arabia, a picture on social media showed a jet airliner aimed towards Toronto's CN Tower, in a scene reminiscent of the 9/11 attacks. The image, apparently produced by a Saudi social media organization was quickly removed.

Aug 06, 2018

In a loophole created by a loophole, people who have entered Canada illegally but are legally allowed to remain to pursue refugee claims, can themselves be used as an exception for broadly defined 'relatives' who arrive at ports of entry from the US to claim refugee status.

Aug 06, 2018

Saudi Arabia has given Canadian ambassador Denis Horak 24 hours to leave and recalled its own ambassador from Ottawa. On Sunday night, the Saudi foreign ministry accused Canada of “overt and blatant interference” in its affairs, after the government of Canada insisted Saudi Arabia release imprisoned human rights activists.

Aug 06, 2018

Safety reasons forced London Metropolitan Police to break off the high speed pursuit of four people on jet skis Friday night. The Thames River chased echoed a scene from the 1999 Bond film, "The World Is Not Enough".

Aug 05, 2018

Germany's ruling CDU party has launched a debate on reinstating military conscription and offering young men and women a chance to serve their country in other ways. A recent poll shows Germans are in favor of the idea.

Aug 05, 2018

"I seldom, if ever, heard armed forces members clamouring for better uniforms during my time as minister of defence," says former defence minister Peter MacKay. "A lot can be done to improve the working conditions of our CAF with half a billion dollars."

Aug 05, 2018

The online dating profile of an RAF airwoman was hacked in an effort to access secrets about Britain’s new stealth fighter jets. The Tinder account was accessed by unknown hackers who then posed as the woman to contact RAF servicemen and try to trick them into revealing details about the F-35 Lightning II fighters each of which costs £92 million.

Aug 05, 2018

The Italian Navy is considering changing the design of some of its planned PPA multifunctional ships to make them smaller, and to possibly give them an anti-submarine capability, an Italian source has told Defense News.

Aug 05, 2018

A Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) contingent of more than 1,000 personnel successfully completed Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 today, following an intensive multi-week program conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

Aug 05, 2018

There's a turf war going on at Canada's major airports over handguns – but no gangs are involved. Instead, border officers have been butting heads with Transport Canada officials in a four-year-old dispute about who can bear arms in an airport.

Aug 05, 2018

Saudi Arabia has declared the ambassador of Canada persona non grata and ordered him to leave in 24 hours, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Aug 6th. 

Aug 03, 2018

The UK hopes to deter further Russian aggression and activity in eastern Europe by developing new defence plans and launching a massive ‘show of strength’ training exercise with key state Romania

Aug 03, 2018

Russia, and the Soviet Union before it, always possessed an outsized military and grew quickly into the role of the US's chief rival after World War II, but despite prioritizing nuclear and military power above social welfare for decades , the Kremlin has been surpassed.

Aug 03, 2018

A small contingent of soldiers from the Canadian Army’s 4 Engineer Support Regiment in New Brunswick left for Iraq Wednesday to provide training for Iraqi forces. The troops specialize in what the military calls expedited route opening capability or EROC.

Aug 03, 2018

Col. Chris McKenna, commander of Canada's United Nation mission in Mali says his task force of 250 people is ready to face terror attacks, ambushes and desert heat to provide helicopter lift in support of medical evacuations and military operations. The  contingent achieved “initial operating capability” Tuesday.

Aug 02, 2018

Three days of celebrations began Wednesday to mark 12 Wing Shearwater's 100th anniversary. Along with the historic theme, Maj. Bill Thomey, president of the organizing committee, says he hopes the events will encourage more local engagement with the airfield, a landmark on the eastern shore of Halifax harbour.

Aug 02, 2018

Leonardo DRS has received an additional $13 million to continue engineering and testing a vehicle-mounted system that the U.S. Army hopes will protect soldiers from small drones, according to a July 31 Defense Department statement.

Aug 02, 2018

The United States could have a new Arctic strategy before the end of the year, according to Admiral Karl Schultz, the US Coast Guard commandant. The revamped strategy, the admiral said, would likely focus more on “national security” efforts and would likely be released within about three months.

Aug 02, 2018

The Canadian military is considering the replacement of the CADPAT camouflage uniforms worn by military members, and the front runner for Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance is the US MultiCam pattern. Replacing the uniforms could cost as much as $500 million.

Aug 02, 2018

When marijuana use becomes legal in Canada on October 17, employers will have to ensure their workplaces are safe from preventable incidents. The Professional Security Knowledge Network, which offers online training for the security and investigation sector, has prepared a course to help employers meet their responsibilities.

Aug 01, 2018

As big defense firms line up to pitch their fighter planes to India, the government of Narendra Modi is demanding they build in India, something that might be at odds with the Trumpian America First philosophy.

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