IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

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.

Oct 23, 2015

As Russia unleashed waves of warplanes Thursday from this air base in western Syria to pound militant targets, President Vladimir Putin pushed diplomatic efforts with the West, stressing the need "to consider each other as allies in a common fight."

Oct 23, 2015

As the Pentagon prepares for Canada’s withdrawal from the F-35 jet program, lawmakers in Washington are raising concerns that the U.S. too will have to cut its numbers of stealth fighters because of increasing costs.

Oct 23, 2015

“I am a girl, but first and foremost I am a senior officer of the Canadian Armed Forces,” is Brig. Gen. Lise Bourgon’s good-natured response when asked about being the first woman to have ever commanded a Canadian combat mission.

Oct 23, 2015

If the Liberals can scrap the F-35 fighter purchase, pull out of Syria and halt the anti-ISIL mission, they can get out of a deal for some “Jeeps”, says the National Post's Kelly McParland.

Oct 23, 2015

Ending a small military contribution to a much larger international enterprise may have only limited impact on the ground. But withdrawing our military forces, once committed to battle, isn’t just a pragmatic or political decision. There’s symbolism in the exit, too.

Oct 22, 2015

A US pilot was killed when his fighter jet crashed into farmland near a UK air base. The unnamed pilot died when his United States Marines F/A-18C Hornet crashed at around 10.30am soon after taking off from RAF Lakenheath.

Oct 22, 2015

The US and Russia have signed a memorandum of agreement about safe conduct while flying over Syria, but the ongoing mistrust between the two sides means the agreement may have little real-world impact.

Oct 22, 2015

The Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq are calling Liberal Justin Trudeau’s plan to withdraw from a combat role against the Islamic State “bad news.”

Oct 22, 2015

Military planners are working to come up with scenarios for the new Liberal government on how Canada can contribute troops to train Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State, even as Canada winds down the bombing campaign.

Oct 22, 2015

A Canadian soldier is recovering from injuries suffered in a nighttime live-fire training exercise at an Alberta military base. The soldier, whose name has not been released, is a member of the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton.

Oct 22, 2015

A former British stronghold in Helmand has fallen to the Taliban just 12 months after UK combat troops left the province and civilians are fleeing the nearby provincial capital, fearing insurgents will soon move on the town.

Oct 21, 2015

Justin Trudeau will officially become prime minister and unveil his new cabinet on Nov. 4, but he remained vague Tuesday on when Parliament will return or when Canadian military aircraft will stop bombing Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria.

Oct 21, 2015

Canada will see a major shift in defense policy with the election of a new Liberal Party government and its planned withdrawal from the Iraq coalition air campaign and the US-led F-35 program.

Oct 21, 2015

The Government of Canada will hold a ceremony at the National War Memorial on October 22, 2015, at 11 a.m., to commemorate the assault on Parliament Hill one year ago. The event will also honour the sacrifices of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo, and the bravery of the first responders.

Oct 20, 2015

Britain’s Armed Forces could be equipped to defeat terrorist drone attacks, the Ministry of Defence has disclosed. The defence review into how the MoD should defend Britain is looking at how to provide “counter measures” to the threat of terrorists using remotely-piloted aircraft in attacks, a minister said

Oct 20, 2015

Caught up in the cross-country wave of Liberal support, Orléans voters tossed out three-term Conservative incumbent Royal Galipeau and reverted to past political form by electing Liberal Andrew Leslie, putting him on track to a position in cabinet. Leslie, a former lieutenant-general in the Canadian Forces, won by more than 22,000 votes — taking 59.8 per cent of the total votes cast.

Oct 20, 2015

In the newly released “U.S. Army Combat Vehicle Modernization Strategy,” the Army lays out a 30-year plan to beef up its formations with new and improved vehicles. But officials are letting it be known that projects will be limited in scope and technological reach in the near term, while the more ambitious efforts are being pushed to 2030 and beyond.

Oct 20, 2015

NATO is launching its biggest military exercise in 13 years, mobilizing 36,000 soldiers, sailors and airmen from more than 30 countries to test the alliance’s ability to respond to new security threats.

Oct 20, 2015

Nearly 1 in 3 pilots who will fly the F-35, the military's $159 million fighter jet of the future, runs a heightened risk of fatal whiplash during an emergency ejection, according to defense officials and internal documents obtained by CQ.

Liberal Majority called by news stations
Oct 19, 2015

With final numbers still trickling in across the country, news outlets have called a Liberal majority win in Canada's 2015 election. Justin Trudeau will lead the 42nd Parliament. How this change in government will affect the defence sector and the focus of the Canadian Armed Forces will become evident in the coming months.

Oct 19, 2015

The President of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has signed a cooperation agreement with Hervé Guillou, Chairman and CEO of DCNS, that aims to foster the development of a Research and Development centre in Saudi Arabia dedicated to the naval and maritime domain.

Oct 19, 2015

The US Army is planning to set up more equipment caches — known as activity sets — in Europe as nerves continue to fray over Russia's incursion into Ukraine, putting eastern countries, particularly with ethnic ties to Russia, on alert.

Oct 19, 2015

Germany’s defence ministry has identified a new technical problem with Eurofighter combat aircraft and frozen deliveries until further notice, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Oct 19, 2015

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has developed a range of ground-based systems for detecting, tracking, and disrupting (jamming) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in response to growing global security concerns over the proliferation of cheap and easy-to-operate remote-controlled (RC) aircraft.

Oct 19, 2015

In their rush to placate disgruntled veterans in the run-up to Monday's election, the Conservative government broke federal Treasury Board rules that require public consultation on new measures, says an advocate for ex-soldiers.

Oct 19, 2015

A military air strike in northwest Syria has killed the leader of a shadowy al-Qaeda cell that U.S. officials say has been plotting attacks against the United States and Europe, the Pentagon announced on Sunday.

Oct 19, 2015

Defense contractors at the Association of the US Army's annual conference last week showed how they are breathing new life into already proven and fielded technology.

Oct 19, 2015

The fighting men and women of Britain’s armed forces might be lean and mean, but the Ministry of Defence asset base isn't. UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced a push to ensure the forces’ finances are “match fit”, with a sell-off of surplus land, barracks and equipment with the proceeds going to reinforce front-line capabilities.

Oct 19, 2015

A man who bought a seven-tonne tank on an on-line auction had to find a new place to live after realising he didn't have enough space to park it. Jeff Woolmer, from Bristol (UK), paid £9,000 for the CVRT Scorpion ex-Canadian army tank before he realised he had to move to a larger home to accommodate the vehicle.

Oct 17, 2015

As Canada heads to the polls on Monday, Lockheed Martin F-35 backers will be quietly hoping for a conservative win after Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau came out against the troubled fighter programme in favour of more spending on ships. Strong alternatives to the F-35 include the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault Rafale, and Saab Gripen.

Oct 16, 2015

Hyena Road, a film by Paul Gross that opened last week in cinemas across Canada, impressively evokes the light, space, tempo and confusion of Canada’s long war in a dusty, austere moonscape that was the birthplace of the Taliban.

Oct 16, 2015

Two weeks of air and missile strikes in Syria have given Western intelligence and military officials a deeper appreciation of the transformation that Russia’s military has undergone under President Vladimir V. Putin, showcasing its ability to conduct operations beyond its borders and providing a public demonstration of new weaponry, tactics and strategy.

Oct 16, 2015

The US Army has grown its number of cyber experts to more than 1,000 in the last three years, now fielding 32 cyber teams, and the service's leadership is beginning to look at how that force can be used once fully developed.

Oct 16, 2015

Gun-making giants like SIG Sauer, Glock, Smith & Wesson, and FN Herstal all say they plan to compete for a chance to replace Beretta’s M9 as the Army’s service pistol.

Oct 16, 2015

President Barack Obama will keep 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017, according to senior administration officials, casting aside his promise to end the war on his watch and instead ensuring he hands the conflict off to his successor.

Oct 15, 2015

People in the Happy Valley-Goose Bay area can expect an increased military presence, more noise and more air traffic over the next couple of weeks. The NORAD has issued a release stating the 5 Wing Goose Bay base will have more traffic from Oct. 15 to 26.

Oct 15, 2015

Activists and state media say Syrian government forces have launched an offensive in the central province of Homs under the cover of Russian airstrikes. Syrian state TV said troops captured the town of Khaldiyeh near the central city of Hama and killed several militants in the village of Teir Maalah near the city of Homs, Syria's third largest.

Oct 15, 2015

Student groups across Canada are urging candidates to address Canada’s flagging space sector. Eleven student organizations, from British Columbia to Quebec, have endorsed a call to action by the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space in Canada (SEDS-CAN) that explains how Canada’s space sector is dismally unable to meet the needs of Canadian students.

Oct 14, 2015

A new Memorandum of Understanding on cyber defence cooperation was signed on  October 12th between NATO, represented the Chairman of the Cyber Defence Management Board, and the Czech Republic, represented by the Director of the Czech National Security Agency.

Oct 14, 2015

It could be the ultimate offroader - and take soldiers into battle like never before. Northrop Grumman has revealed the ultimate buggy - a six seater that boasts its own laser weapon. Called the Hellhound, it was revealed at the the Association of the US Army's annual conference in Washington, DC.

Oct 14, 2015

As China continues to pour billions into its massive military buildup, a pressing concern is its territorial ambitions in the South China Sea. Within the next two weeks the Pentagon is expected to send U.S. Navy warships to the area that will steam past China's artificial South China Sea islands in the first direct challenge to China's claims in the region.

Oct 14, 2015

A seven-year investigation into whether Canadian military commanders ordered soldiers to turn a blind eye to the abuse of young boys in Afghanistan is now in the hands of the country’s top soldier, Gen. Jonathan Vance, for review.

Oct 14, 2015

The Israeli military began deploying hundreds of troops in Israeli cities Wednesday to assist police forces in countering a wave of deadly Palestinian shooting and stabbing attacks that have created panic across the country

Oct 14, 2015

Iran has sent hundreds of troops into northern and central Syria, its first such deployment in the country’s civil war, joining fighters from its Lebanese ally Hezbollah in an offensive against rebels and taking advantage of cover from Russia’s air campaign, a regional official and Syrian activists said Wednesday

Oct 14, 2015

The buildup of Russian warplanes in Syria has raised concerns about a possible clash with Israeli aircraft, which periodically fly over that country. If an Israeli-Russian air confrontation were to occur, it wouldn’t be for the first time.

Oct 13, 2015

Poland has received three RAT-31 DL long-range air defence radars from Selex ES. Located at Chrusciel, Labunie, and Szypliszki, the radars were purchased for Poland by the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) under the NATO Security Investment Programme (NSIP).

Oct 19, 2015

Federal election candidates in the riding Lévis-Bellechasse have been invited Tuesday to the Chantier Davie shipyard for an update on Project Resolve. Project Resolve is the undertaking to convert MV Asterix into an interim supply ship for the Royal Canadian Navy.

Oct 13, 2015

The United States said on Monday it carried out an ammunition airdrop for Syrian Arab groups battling Islamic State, as Washington shifts its focus to arming fighters inside Syria after ending a failed program to train a new rebel force.

Oct 13, 2015

Steel is being pounded into shape for the first of the federal government’s offshore fisheries science vessels being built here at Seaspan Shipyards.

Oct 13, 2015

European Union nations on Monday criticized Russia’s military intervention in Syria, with the bloc’s top diplomat calling it a worrying “game changer.” But EU countries maintained Moscow’s efforts wouldn’t keep President Bashar Assad in power.

Oct 12, 2015

It looks good on paper and has a certain nostalgic appeal for left-leaning voters, but the NDP pledge to make Canada once again the top western troop contributor to United Nations peacekeeping comes with a cost — one a defence expert says the party and its supporters might not be expecting.

Oct 12, 2015

Canada and the U.S. will hold Exercise FRONTIER SENTINEL
 on Oct. 15 and 16th off the coast of Nova Scotia. The exercise, led by Joint Task Force Atlantic, will involve a ferry, Princess of Acadia, acting as “a vessel of interest.” The frigate, HMCS St. John’s, is scheduled to participate.

Oct 12, 2015

The Kremlin has several goals for the expansion of Russian muscle in Syria, says the CBC's Brian Stewart: the urgently practical, the psychological and the long-term strategic — and none are so trivial that Putin will easily walk away from them.

Oct 12, 2015

A military helicopter crashed Sunday at the NATO base in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing five coalition members and injuring five others, authorities said.

Oct 09, 2015

A 1960s-era Canadian navy Sea King helicopter was forced to make an emergency “precautionary landing” at Cordova Spit, just north of the city of Victoria, B.C, on Thursday.

Oct 09, 2015

A number of Iraqi Kurdish troops tested positive for exposure to mustard gas after battles this summer with the Islamic State group in northern Iraq, according to a Kurdish spokesman. Canada’s Department of National Defence, however, said there has not been a need to test Canadian special forces personnel operating with the peshmerga.

Oct 09, 2015

The antique destroyer Canada is contributing to Exercise Trident Juncture, for the usual purpose of “sending a strong message” to Russia over Ukraine, set off with a bang. Unfortunately it came from the engine room, and HMCS Athabaskan promptly headed to a British port for repairs. Which certainly sent a strong message to Russia, but not the one we intended.

Oct 09, 2015

Michael Stewart, blogs editor for left-wing website Rabble.ca, responds to National Post columnist’s Terry Glavin’s arguments examining military intervention in the Middle East.

Oct 09, 2015

As many as four of the 26 long-range cruise missiles that Russia said it fired at Syrian targets landed instead in Iran, two U.S. defense officials said Thursday.

Oct 08, 2015

NATO’s secretary general warned Thursday of a “troubling escalation” in Russian military activities in Syria, saying the alliance stands firmly behind member Turkey even as Moscow pours more air and sea attacks into the fight.

Oct 08, 2015

Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired cruise missiles Wednesday as Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive in central Syria in the first major combined air-and-ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week.

Oct 08, 2015

According to the Department of National Defence, Canadian fighter jets have conducted 172 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria since last October. That accounts for just over 2.3 per cent of the 7,323 total U.S. and allied attacks launched against ISIL targets since the start of the war.

Oct 07, 2015

Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive Wednesday in the country's central region under cover of Russian airstrikes, a Damascus official said. And in the first salvo from the sea, Russian warships fired missiles into Syria, with Moscow saying they were targeting militants.

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