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Aug 16, 2022 |

Microsoft has published new details about suspected Russian hackers who have carried out cyberespionage attacks against NATO government organizations, think tanks, and defence contractors since at least 2017. The company’s Threat Intelligence Center said August 15 that it has “taken actions to disrupt campaigns” launched by the group.

Aug 16, 2022 |

The U.S. Air Force fleet of Lockheed Martin\s F-35A fighters has resumed operations after their Martin Baker ejection seat initiator cartridges had been inspected. A USAF spokeswoman said August 15 that four cartridges were replaced but inspection showed they were not defective.

Aug 16, 2022 |

Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that the U.S. is prolonging the war in Ukraine because “they need conflicts to retain their hegemony.” Opening a conference in Moscow, he also said the U.S. is “using the people of Ukraine as cannon fodder.”

Aug 15, 2022 |

Deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, already sentenced to 11 years in prison on alleged corruption charges, faces the prospect of six additional years today after a closed-door trial by the country’s military rulers. Her lawyers have been ordered not to disclose details of the latest trial of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate whose government was overthrown in a February 2021 coup.

Aug 15, 2022 |

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he is looking to expand his “comprehensive and constructive bilateral relations” with his North Korean counterpart. Kim Jong-Un has responded in a letter of his own that renewed “strategic and tactical cooperation, support and solidarity . . . had been put on a new high stage, in the common front for frustrating the hostile forces' military threat and provocation.”

Aug 15, 2022 |

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali was expected to resume today, a month after local authorities suspended rotations after accusing 49 troops from Ivory Coast of entering their country without permission. Ivory Coast says those troops were deployed as part of a MINUSMA support contract but they remain in detention.

Aug 15, 2022 |

Canada is giving fully-vaccinated travellers entering through the land border a one-time exemption from fines or quarantine requirements if they unknowingly fail to submit the required health documents through the ArriveCAN app. Canadians citizens, permanent residents, persons registered under the Indian Act, and foreign nationals are eligible.

Aug 15, 2022 |

Even as Europe’s security architecture has evolved since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine six months ago, and Sweden and Finland seek NATO membership, Austria continues to sit on the fence. A member of European Union and partner with NATO in various ways, including sending aid and non-lethal weapons to Ukraine, the government’s stance reflects the fact that 80 per cent of Austrians don’t want to join the military alliance.

Aug 15, 2022 |

Although pandemic-related supply chain issues and worker shortages plagued the U.S. aerospace and defence sector in 2021, sales growth was mostly flat but revenues of the top 100 companies climbed for a sixth consecutive year. They rose nearly eight per cent from 2020 to $595 billion with the top 10 companies accounting for some 52 per cent of the total

Aug 15, 2022 |

The U.S. is contributing $89 million to help rid Ukraine of unexploded ordinance and landmines left by Russian in some areas from where they have retreated. The funds will go to non-governmental organizations to pay for de-mining teams comprised of Ukrainians and for contractors to train them.

Aug 12, 2022 |

Having lost access to Russia’s space launch facilities in neighbouring Kazakhstan, the European Space Agency has begun discussions with SpaceX and potentially other service providers. about using their facilities. “There are two and a half options that we're discussing,” ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher has confirmed. The other prospects include Japan and India but he considers the U.S. company “more operational.”

Aug 12, 2022 |

This morning, Lieutenant-General Eric Kenny assumed command of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) from Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger. The ceremony was presided over by General Wayne Eyre, Chief of the Defence Staff, at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, Ontario.

Aug 12, 2022 |

The parliament in Latvia is calling on its NATO allies to impose more comprehensive sanctions on Russia, which it has formally designated a “state sponsor of terrorism” over its invasion of Ukraine. “Latvia recognises Russia's actions in Ukraine as targeted,” it said August 11, also calling for increased western military, financial, humanitarian and diplomatic support.

Aug 12, 2022 |

The government of Mali, which has experienced three military coups since 2012 and is considered extremely unstable, has refused permission for routine flyovers by a UN peacekeeping mission. As a result, Germany announced today that it has suspended most operations there until further notice.

Aug 12, 2022 |

Cory Moore, a former Canadian military officer who helped to develop the Afghan National Army’s legal branch, says a group of lawyers and others who supported his work have been “left in the dark” by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. He is pressing the department to to accelerate its processing of the claims by 12 individuals and their families who fear Taliban reprisals.

Aug 12, 2022 |

It has cost the U.S. Navy $400,000 each to unclog stoppages in heads aboard a couple of aircraft carriers. First documented on one carrier in 2020 and more recently in another newer ship by the Government Accountability Office, the problem is that the sheer volume of waste generated by a crew of 4,000 required an “acid flush” but the USN says it has remedied the issue.

Aug 11, 2022 |

A Canadian Armed Forces veteran has been charged with murder after a July 31 nightclub shooting in Belize left two people dead and eight others injured. J.R. Smith, who served with the Royal Canadian Regiment in Afghanistan as part of Operation Medusa in 2006, is accused of driving the getaway vehicle. Originally from Newfoundland, he was profiled by CTV five years ago as part of a Remembrance Day feature on veteran entrepreneurship.

Aug 11, 2022 |

Russia has denied extensive damage at an airbase in Crimea August 9 but comparative satellite imagery provided by California-based Planet Labs shows infrastructure damage and destroyed aircraft. It is believed to have been caused by Ukrainian forces but so far Kyiv has not claimed responsibility.

Aug 11, 2022 |

Today, Defence Minister Anita Anand participated virtually in the Copenhagen Conference for Northern European Defence Allies of Ukraine. The conference aims to determine how Northern European Allies and other partners can strengthen collaboration and enhance support for Ukraine in the face of Russia’s unprovoked, unjustifiable, and illegal attack.

Aug 11, 2022 |

Airbus could be getting a contract next year to supply the RCAF with four A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transports after being designated as the only qualified supplier. As of August 10, the company had not responded to a Request for Proposal but DND said once that is in Ottawa’s hands, “an assessment and negotiation will occur.” The RCAF wants the first aircraft operational by 2028.

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