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IN THE NEWS

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.

Dec 02, 2015

Veterans Affairs is taking steps to solve a crucial statistical gap by planning to report on suicides of former military members annually starting in late 2017 – a move that will disclose, for the first time, how many vets are taking their lives each year in Canada.

Dec 02, 2015

The new principal military deputy to the US Navy's (USN's) chief acquisition officer said on 1 December that while the navy had solid long-term ship and submarine acquisition plans, it must develop a strategy to ensure that those platforms are equipped with commensurate combat power.

Dec 02, 2015

Stephane Dion walked through NATO's doors Tuesday suggesting he won't have to do much of a sales job over the impending withdrawal of Canada's jets from the U.S.-led bombing campaign against militants in Iraq and Syria.

Dec 02, 2015

Nine veterans affairs offices controversially closed under the former Conservative government will reopen within a year, according to Veterans Affairs minister Kent Hehr.

Dec 02, 2015

Veterans deserve to know what information the government is using to determine their disability benefits, the Veterans Ombudsman says. And right now, the Ombudsman says, they don’t — despite a report four years ago recommending the government make those records available.

Dec 02, 2015

The price of 15 new warships for the navy has more than doubled, from $14 billion initially set aside for construction to more than $30 billion, says an independent analysis of the largest military procurement in Canadian history.

Dec 01, 2015

Nine days after Leading Seaman Benoit Bilodeau was last seen, military investigators still had no idea what could have happened to him or where he could be.

Dec 01, 2015

The last C-17 Globemaster III built at a Southern California Boeing plant soared into history on Sunday with a flyover that marked the end of an era for the region’s once-thriving aerospace industry.

Dec 01, 2015

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan yesterday wrapped up a successful visit to Kuwait where he met with Canadian Armed Forces personnel currently deployed in the region as part of Canada’s contribution to the multinational Coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Dec 01, 2015

Canadian staff at NATO headquarters are fielding requests from alliance members keen to size up the new Liberal government's point man on the evolving confrontation with Russia and the growing influence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Libya.

Dec 01, 2015

NATO's future role in Afghanistan and how to fund the country's fledgling security forces is up for debate Tuesday among the military alliance's foreign ministers meeting in Brussels.

Dec 01, 2015

Following two weeks of uncertainty and debate, the new Liberal government announced yesterday that it would no longer delay a $700-million deal to have Quebec's Davie shipyard construct a supply ship for the navy.

Nov 30, 2015

Seaspan released a statement in response to the Government of Canada’s decision to award the interim Auxiliary Oil Replenishment (AOR) sole-source contract to Davie Shipyard.

Nov 30, 2015

Together with 20 other soldiers from the British Army's 1st Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles, Major Ralph Roylance is training Mali's army to stand up to the jihadists bent on tearing the country apart.

Nov 30, 2015

Germany has moved to support France by pledging aircraft for the counter-Islamic State mission in Syria and troops for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali.

Nov 30, 2015

A nine-year-old Winnipeg girl whose parents named her after an Egyptian goddess says she's feeling a lot better after a Canadian Forces soldier apologized for getting upset at her during a Grey Cup event for children.

Nov 30, 2015

French President Francois Hollande appeared to give his blessing to Canada's proposed withdrawal of its fighter jets from the bombing campaign against Islamic militants after meeting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday at the Elysee Palace.

Nov 29, 2015

Muslims are expected to comprise the majority of Belgium's population in less than 20 years. "The victory of Allah is near," says Abu Imran, the leader of Sharia4Belgium in this video. "We believe Sharia will be implemented worldwide." He scoffs at the idea that democracy could ever be a choice of Muslims, and says it is only a matter of a few short decades before proponents of Sharia gain the majority and force "unbelievers" out of office. This was first posted to FrontLine on 13 October, a month before the Paris attacks.

Nov 27, 2015

Turkey has repeatedly said it shot down the Russian warplane on Tuesday only after the plane ignored several warnings and entered Turkish airspace, how will Putin respond? CNN video reports.

Nov 27, 2015

The Canadian government is leaning towards keeping a military refuelling aircraft and Aurora surveillance planes overseas and allowing them to continue taking part in the war against the Islamic State.

Nov 27, 2015

The crew of the Russian Sukhoi Su-24M 'Fencer' strike aircraft downed by Turkey on 23 November may not have been able to hear radio warnings issued by the Turkish Air Force, Russian sources tell IHS Jane's.

Nov 27, 2015

Lieutenant-General Guy Thibault, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, and Brigadier General H.C.MacKay, Surgeon General, attended the 6th annual Military and Veteran Health Research Forum presented by the Canadian Institute of Military and Veterans Health Research (CIMVHR) in Québec.

Nov 27, 2015

A leaked briefing note on budget overruns prompted Nova Scotia's premier to seek reassurances Thursday from the Trudeau government that it remains committed to the national shipbuilding program.

Nov 26, 2015

In a move raising the potential threat of a Russia-NATO conflict, Russia said Wednesday it will deploy long-range air defence missiles to its base in Syria and destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes following the downing of a Russian military jet by Turkey.

Nov 26, 2015

The Turkish military has released what it says is an audio recording of a warning it gave to a Russian fighter jet before the aircraft was shot down near the Syrian border, hours after the surviving Russian crew member insisted there had been no contact.

Nov 26, 2015

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum has a new director general, one with a previous connection to museums and aviation.

Nov 26, 2015

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada and other countries must work together to de-escalate tensions between Moscow and Ankara after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane, but he doesn’t want to “point fingers to one side or another.”

Nov 26, 2015

The government's massive $39-billion national shipbuilding procurement strategy (NSPS) is in need of repair, with costs for some projects soaring by as much as 181 per cent and others on the cusp of being cancelled, according to briefing materials prepared for some Liberal ministers.

Nov 25, 2015

The British have released their Strategic Defense Review, declaring they will plug the gaping hole in their anti-submarine warfare capabilities by buying nine P-8s from Boeing and showing considerable confidence in Lockheed Martin’s F-35 as they pledge to buy more earlier.

Nov 25, 2015

Some 500 Canadian officials are being deployed to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey to be Canada's eyes and ears on the ground as thousands of Syrian refugees are selected for resettlement in this country.

Nov 25, 2015

Staff at Canadian Forces bases across the country are counting beds and making tentative plans to house and feed thousands of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

Nov 25, 2015

Yet another Canadian shipyard has written to the government asking for a competition in the now controversial plan to have a civilian cargo ship converted to a supply ship and chartered to the Royal Canadian Navy.

Nov 25, 2015

The government will resettle only about 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year, or less than half the 25,000 promised by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the election campaign.

Nov 24, 2015

According to an article published by TASS, the Russian News Agency, on November 23, 2015, Russia is deploying a squadron of drones to the Arctic region.

Nov 24, 2015

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the quick response of officials in Canada to several bomb threats that caused three planes to be searched in Halifax this week shows how well the country and its partners are able to respond to emerging security incidents.

Nov 24, 2015

Turkey shot down a Russian warplane Tuesday, claiming it had violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warnings. Russia denied that the plane crossed the Syrian border into Turkish skies.

Nov 24, 2015

Nova Scotia government officials are privately expressing frustration with Irving Shipbuilding Inc. following a press release the company issued responding to reports that they pushed the federal cabinet to reconsider approving a contract with Chantier Davie to build an interim supply ship.

Nov 24, 2015

Canada's military is facing fresh allegations its bombs may have killed civilians in northern Iraq, CBC News has learned. According to local Iraqi media reports, 10 civilian workers were allegedly killed and as many as 20 others injured after an airstrike by Canadian warplanes last week in Mosul.

Nov 24, 2015

Canada has reportedly sent a maritime patrol aircraft to aid the hunt for a Russian submarine spotted off the Scottish coast amid fears it could be trying to spy on the U.K.’s nuclear deterrent system.

Nov 23, 2015

When French President François Hollande declared that the deadly attacks against Paris were an "act of war," former Conservative defence minister Jason Kenney tweeted that this declaration "has implications for Canada under the NATO Treaty's Article 5." In practical terms, however, the 28 NATO members, including Canada, would have no obligation to take any action.

Nov 23, 2015

Soldiers and military personnel at a Kingston, Ont. base are being asked to clear their barracks to make room for an early wave of Syrian refugees arriving in just over a week, CTV News has learned.

Nov 23, 2015

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is suggesting CF-18 fighter jets would make little difference in the war against the Islamic State if Canada doesn't focus completely on its training mission in Iraq.

Nov 23, 2015

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Syrian President Bashar Assad has to go, adding his voice to the calls for Assad to step aside. Sajjan, who has been in the defence post for less than three weeks now, made the comments on CTV’s Question Period.

Nov 23, 2015

The country's former army commander will marshal troops of a different kind with his new appointment as Liberal government whip in the next session of parliament.

Nov 23, 2015

If the government intends to stick within the existing fiscal envelope, it should focus on getting the Navy what it needs to do its job, says Michael Den Tandt in today's National Post. Davie’s tanker project fits that bill. It should go ahead.

Nov 21, 2015

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced this week that Canadian Major-General Denis Thompson will continue to serve as Force Commander for the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) for an additional year, until March 2017. He assumed command of the MFO in March 2014.

Nov 21, 2015

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan yesterday launched the annual Halifax International Security Forum by underscoring the timely importance of bringing together key defence leaders to discuss a number of pressing global security issues.

Nov 20, 2015

Security experts from around the globe are in Halifax for the seventh annual International Security Forum. Last week’s attacks in Paris are expected to dominate the discussion. Global's Dave Squires reports.

Nov 20, 2015

The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the constitutionality of the military justice system. The court on Thursday dismissed four appeals which argued sections of the National Defence Act were broader than necessary and therefore violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Nov 20, 2015

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is aggressively pursuing development of chemical weapons, setting up a branch dedicated to research and experiments with the help of scientists from Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the region, according to Iraqi and U.S. intelligence officials.

Nov 20, 2015

The European defence industry must co-operate and consolidate if it is to sustain the capacity and capability needed to compete and survive in the global market, the managing director of MBDA Deutschland said on 19 November.

Nov 19, 2015

The Canadian Forces Base Valcartier is preparing to take in Syrian refugees, with the first group expected to arrive by Dec. 1.

Nov 19, 2015

The head of Canada's main spy agency says he views the possibility of a cyberattack by ISIS or other extremist groups on the country's "critical infrastructure" as "a major threat."

Nov 19, 2015

Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan, a veteran of Canada’s war in Afghanistan, says he has personally known soldiers from this conflict who have taken their lives, and on his watch the military will make the mental health of Forces personnel a priority at every stage of its dealings with them.

Nov 19, 2015

As the horrors of this past weekend in Paris have begun to sink in, there is a temptation to simply turn away and find something else to think about — something sunnier, says Conservative leader Rona Ambrose in today's National Post. But to do so would be a profound mistake.

Nov 19, 2015

Canada’s new defence minister says the government will not be rushed into its commitment for training troops in Iraq but will instead ensure that whatever personnel are provided will have a positive effect on the battlefield.

Nov 18, 2015

The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries is asking its members to volunteer for its new operating committees.

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