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Armed Canadian shot by U.S. border guards
(Dec 22) A Windsor man with a gun was shot Sunday by border officers on the U.S. side of the Ambassador bridge after allegedly pointing a handgun at border officers. more>>
HMCS Fredericton to deploy in coming weeks
HMCS Fredericton is preparing to deploy overseas to join the Standing NATO Maritime Forces in the Mediterranean Sea as part of NATO measures to promote security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe in light of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The ship is expected to set sail in the coming weeks and will replace the HMCS Toronto, which has been part of Standing NATO Maritime Forces since August 2014.
RCAF to acquire 5th Globemaster
The Minister of National Defence has officially announced that the RCAF will acquire a fifth aircraft to augment the current CC-177 Globemaster fleet.
U.S. warns Iraqi war will last another 3 years
(Dec 19) The insurgents with the Islamic State of Iraq and ISIL are over-extended and are struggling to gain momentum, which lead the U.S. general to warn it will take a minimum of three years to turn the tide against these forces. more>>
Colombian rebel group FARC declares ceasefire
(Dec 18) Colombia's FARC rebels have declared a unilateral ceasefire for an indefinite period and would only end if they were attacked. The announcement was made in Cuba, where the FARC has been holding peace talks with the Colombian government. more>>
U.S., Cuba call off feud
(Dec 18) Canada helps broker deal to reopen diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba by organizing secret meetings. more>>
U.S. allies are absent from air war
(Dec 18) As US fighter jets pound Islamic State targets in Syria, Washington's coalition allies appear increasingly absent from the air war. Nearly 97 percent of the strikes in December have been carried out by the United States alone. more>>
RCMP poised to roll out new program to prevent radicalization
(Dec 18) The RCMP will roll out its Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) this winter in a bid to help prevent those at risk from becoming radicalized. more>>
Ottawa shares in grief over Pakistan school attack
(Dec 17) Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird both release statements Tuesday condemning the terrorism, especially against the 132 children out of a total of 141 that had been killed. more>>
Pakistan Taliban school attack kills 141, mostly children
(Dec 16) Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least 141 people, mostly children, before Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear the school over. more>>
Canadian military facing a shortfall of personnel
(Dec 16) The Canadian Forces is short hundreds of full-time members and thousands of reservists, due in part to an unexpected spike in the number of personnel hanging up their uniforms and difficulties attracting and training new recruits. more>>
CSIS identifies new terror threat
(Dec 15) Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, the terrorist group that prompted the Canadian government to close its embassy in Cairo last week is a relative newcomer among the Middle East’s seemingly endless supply of armed Islamist factions. A newly-declassified Canadian intelligence report says it has already become “one of the biggest current terrorist threats.” The group has carried out most of the terrorist attacks in Egypt since mid-2012, and has expanded its list of enemies to include tourists and Western interests. “Its ultimate mission is to take control of Egyptian resources and create an Islamic caliphate in Egypt, based on Shariah,” said the CSIS document. more>>
Hostages flee Australian Café
(Dec 15) The Sydney siege is over. About 20 hostages were being held in a café in Australia for about 17 hours by a gunman who had been on a bail bond from a 2-year sentence after sending hate-mail to families of Australians killed in Afghanistan. The suspect had been reported asking for an ISIL flag. The gunman has now been confirmed dead by New South Wales Police, and two hostages were killed.
Navy’s Internal Review on Personal Conduct Released
(Dec 15) An internal review on personal conduct within the Royal Canadian Navy found a need for more exacting guidance from leadership. more>>
Growing pressure against IS jihadists prompts crackdown
(Dec 15) Islamic State jihadists in the Iraqi city of Mosul are preparing for an assault from government forces by cutting phone lines and banning residents from fleeing the city. more>>
Shiite rebels replace governor
(Dec 15) Yemeni Shiite rebels and allied politicians sacked the governor of a strategic Red Sea province and replaced him with an ally, amid an escalating power struggle with the country's embattled president. more>>
Defence Minister Nicholson concludes visit to Kuwait
(Dec 12) While in Kuwait, the Minister signed a non-legally binding Defence Cooperation Arrangement with Kuwaiti officials which outline a mutual commitment for future broader bilateral Canada/Kuwait defence relations. more>>
Israel slams Ireland’s vote to support Palestine
(Dec 12) During debate on a resolution to recognize the Palestinian Authority as a sovereign independent country, some of the parliamentarians accused Israel of outright genocide. Ireland’s lawmakers ultimately voted in favor of the non-binding resolution to support recognition of “Palestine.” more>>
F-35 saga soars to ineptitude, piled upon bungling
(Dec 12) The purchase of 65 F-35 stealth fighters was initially supposed to cost $9 billion in 2011, but the overall bill has risen to $46 billion. Meanwhile, Canada has chosen to extend its fleet of F-18As at a cost of $400 billion. more>>
Extending CF-18 lifespan to cost about $400 million
(Dec 12) A long-awaited market analysis into which fighter jet could replace the CF-18s tells the Harper government it can postpone a decision and keep flying the current fleet until 2025, but it will cost roughly $400 million. more>>
A game-changer in military mental health
(Dec 12) The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group will become home to NATO’s first research chair in military mental health, by the senior military psychiatrist Col. Rakesh Jetly. more>>
Update from National Fighter Procurement Secretariat
The update explains that the program’s instability has flowed from the fact that development, testing and production of three F-35 variants was concurrent at Lockheed Martin as the company’s processes matured. more>>
ISIL video transcription
(Dec 10) Canadian ISIL convert rants in video. more>>
CIA tortured for years overseas and lied about it
(Dec 10) The CIA carried out for eight years an illegal interogation progrom of harsh and brutal torture that produced no reliable intelligence and then lied about the program to the White House and Congress. Some interrogations included dragging detainees naked over dirt floors. more>>
Posing soldier not in court
(Dec 10) The criminal case against Franck Gervais, a man accused of impersonating a decorated soldier at the Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa will return to court January 6, as he did not show in person for his court appearance. more>>
Apology to Ottawa’s homegrown extremist
(Dec 10) Canadians are responding to John Maguire’s as we always have. ”Sorry it did not work out for you John. Sorry our amazing country was not good enough for you.“ Canada is not giving into this call out because of the free nation that we live in and can worship in peace. more>>
Radicalized Ottawa man urges attacks against Canada
(Dec 8) A University of Ottawa dropout converted to Islam and became radicalized before vanishing last year. Abu Anwar al-Canadi was videotaped urging attacks against Canadians and giving Muslims two options: either perpetrate attacks in Canada or get on a plane and join other jihadists in the Middle East. The YouTube video has since been removed from the site but FrontLine has a full transcription available to subscribers. more>>
Australian military spending
(Dec 9) Tony Abbott’s government has embarked on an unprecedented peacetime military spending spree of more than $30-billion to its armed forces next year where as Canada will likely spend less than $20-billion in 2015. more>>
Canada will train Ukrainian military police
(Dec 9) Canadian soldiers are arriving in Ukraine to help train military police as apart of an agreement Nicholson signed with Ukraine pledging Canadian help in the face of Russian aggression. more>>
Report fellow students on road to terrorism
(Dec 9) Ahmed, leader of Stop the CRISIS, an initiative to counter the radicalization of Canada’s Muslim youth, says new converts — like former University of Ottawa student John Maguire — appear particularly vulnerable and should report anyone they suspect of heading down the ISIL terrorist road. more>>
John Maguire turned into ISIL recruit
(Dec 9) On Sunday, a propaganda group linked to Islamic State released a six-minute video featuring a speaker who identified himself as Abu Anwar al-Canadi. The gaunt young man, John Maguire, a former University of Ottawa student, scolded the Canadian government for joining an international military coalition fighting Islamic State, referring to “the global war against the Islamic state.” more>>
British and Canadian Embassies closed in Egypt
Although no specific threats had been received against the Canadian and British embassies in Egypt, they have reportedly been closed as of Dec 7th. as a precautionary measure.
Support to Ukraine reaffirmed by Nicholson in Kyiv
(Dec 8) Canada today signed a Declaration of Intent with Ukraine to explore opportunities to conduct joint military training and capacity building in response to Russia's aggression toward Ukraine. The agreement was signed by Defence Minister Rob Nicholson at the conclusion of a visit to Kyiv, Ukraine, where he officially announced Canada’s intention to collaborate on current and future security concerns, and towards developing broader military defence cooperation.
Israeli jets bomb two towns in Syria
(Dec 8) Syria accused Israeli jets of bombing two installations inside the country on Sunday, one near the capital, Damascus, and the second in a town near the Lebanese border. more>>
Israel investigate deadly airstrike
(Dec 8) The Israeli military says it has opened a criminal investigation into one of the deadliest air strikes of the last Gaza war that has killed at least twenty-four members of the Abu Jamea family. more>>
ISIL video targets Canada
(Dec 8) A video was released Sunday urging Muslims to launch indiscriminate attacks against Canadians, similar to those carried out in October in Ottawa and Montreal. On the video a man, who says he is a Canadian and identifies himself as "Abu Anwar al-Canadi," urges his Muslim countrymen to follow the example of Martin Couture-Rouleau. more>>
Canadian veteran ready for fight of his life: Veterans Affairs
Major Mark Campbell was lying in a hospital bed, just starting to comprehend losing both his legs above the knees in a Taliban ambush, when he found out the federal government had stripped his lifetime military pension. The Attorney General of Canada wants the courts to toss out a class-action lawsuit launched back in September 2013 by soldiers disabled in Afghanistan. more>>
Military health personnel depart to fight Ebola
(Dec 6) Approximately 40 members of the Canadian Armed Forces health care and support staff departed for the United Kingdom today to undertake specialized training prior to deploying to Sierra Leone later this month to help fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Canadian military doctors, nurses, physicians’ assistants, medics and support staff will train at the state-of-the-art British Army Medical Services Training Centre in Strensall, UK. After training with British military counterparts to ensure full interoperability, these Canadian personnel will deploy directly to Sierra Leone to treat local and international health care workers who have been exposed to the Ebola virus disease. more>>
Op IMPACT update
(Dec 3) As of Dec. 3, RCAF Boeing CF-188 Hornets from 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron in Cold Lake, Alberta, had flown 94 sorties in Operation Impact, dropping laser- and GPS-guided ordnance against a variety of “Islamic State” targets, including a warehouse used to manufacture improvised explosive devices (IEDs). In that same period, the two extensively-upgraded Lockheed CP-140 Auroras from 14 Wing at Greenwood, Nova Scotia, flew 29 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sorties, providing targeting data and battle damage assessment, while the Airbus CC-150T Polaris tanker from 435 Transport Squadron in Trenton, Ontario, supplied nearly 1.3 million pounds of fuel to coalition aircraft in 26 sorties.
Operation SIRONA troop departure
(Dec 6) The first CAF medical contingent leaves Canada Dec 6th to begin training in the United Kingdom prior to its West African deployment in support of global efforts to help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.
Islamic militants attack Chechen capital; 20 dead
(Dec 5) Police waged hours-long gunbattles with Islamic militants who attacked Chechnya's capital Thursday, leaving at least 20 people dead and underscoring Russia's vulnerability. more>>
Canadian military says no civilian deaths in Iraq airstrikes
(Dec 5) The Canadian military is confident that no civilians have been killed to date as a result of its airstrikes against the Islamic State. That assurance came as the country’s joint operations command revealed details of two additional bombing missions that took place on Nov. 28 and Nov. 30. more>>
USN Adm Gortney to assume command of NORAD
(Dec 4) The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) Change of Command ceremony will take place on Dec 5th (noon EST). U.S. Navy Admiral Bill Gortney will assume command of NORAD from U.S. Army General Charles Jacoby, who will retire following 36 years of service. Canada’s Minister of National Defence Rob Nicholson, Canada’s Chief of the Defence Staff General Tom Lawson, and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work will deliver speeches to attendees.
Op CARIBBE concludes today, after 8 years
(Dec 4) HMCS Brandon and Yellowknife end their participation in Operation CARIBBE 2014 today, concluding Canada’s annual contribution to the multinational campaign against illicit trafficking in the eastern Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean, which began in November 2006. The Cdn Armed Forces remains committed to working with global partners to address security challenges in the region and successfully disrupt illicit trafficking operations.
Arrest made in shooting of Kamloops RCMP officer
(Dec 4) A 36-year-old man with past dealings with police has been arrested in connection to Wednesday's shooting of Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Jean-Rene Michaud. more>>
Airstrikes against ISIL are not working
(Dec 4) President Bashar al-Assad said his troops had noticed “no change” in the balance of power on the ground in Syria since the start of the US-led bombing campaign in September. more>>
Iranian jet filmed bombing ISIL forces
(Dec 3) The Royal Air Force, American, Canadian and other allied forces are now fighting alongside former rival Iran. An Iranian jet has been filmed bombing Islamic State positions during a battle for the town of Saadiya, northeast of Baghdad. more>>
French parliament votes to recognise Palestinian state
(Dec 3) French lawmakers voted on Tuesday in favour of recognising the Palestinian territories as a state, following similar moves in Britain and Spain as European countries try to restart the stalled Middle East peace process. more>>
Embassy advises Canadians to flee Afghanistan
(Dec 3) A wave of violence swept Afghanistan Tuesday with Taliban insurgents killing Afghan soldiers in the northwest of the country as the Canadian Embassy warned Canadians to leave for their own safety. Insurgents have stepped up attacks on the Afghan capital in recent weeks, specifically targeting foreigners. more>>
Liberals call for Iraq war updates
(Dec 3) In a move designed to shed more light on Canada’s involvement in the latest Iraq war, the Liberals have requested the government set up a special committee to provide details to Parliament and the public. more>>
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DCNS tests anti-terror system

DCNS has tested, in Toulon harbor, a real-time demonstrator for an asymmetric response to terrorist and piracy attacks. The system integrates ultra-high-definition and high-sensitivity video, augmented reality, powerful algorithms for the detection of threatening behavior. A network of ultra-high-definition, 360-degree cameras ensures surveillance over a distance of several kilometers around the vessel. more>>
LM Canada awards R&D grant in Quebec
Lockheed Martin Canada Mission Systems & Training (LM Canada MST) has awarded a new research and development grant to Quebec-based InField Scientific. The grant will support continued development of advanced technologies that are used to characterize and protect the ships of the Royal Canadian Navy.
Airbus commercial jets fly in formation
(Dec 5th) Airbus Defence and Space has celebrated the type certification of its newest A350 XWB wide-body commercial jet by releasing a video of a formation flight involving five A350-900 test planes. more>>
2015 Army Run date announced
(Dec 3) Canada Army Run (sponsored by BMO Bank of Montreal), today donated $400,000 in fundraising and proceeds from the 2014 event to Soldier On and the Military Families Fund. The Next year's Canada Army Run will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Registration for the 5K and half marathon events will open on 4 February 2015. Due to the tremendous success, an additional 2,000 new spots will also be added to the 2015 event.
RCA tests new Excallibur "smart" artillery
Royal Canadian Artillery has successfully test-fired a GPS-guided 155 mm artillery shell. The trial of the newest generation of Excalibur proved unmatched for precision, range and accuracy. more>>
DCNS opens new subsidiary in Australia
(Nov 19) In the presence of with Australian Defence Minister, David Johnston, DCNS officially opened a long-term base in Australia, aimed at taking the lead on coming discussions on SEA 1000 program between Australian stakeholders and a combined French government/industry team, including THALES Australia. Australia plans to replace its current Collins Class submarines and DCNS may propose a “conventional Barracuda” submarine, offering to Australia access to the most advanced French design and engineering know-how.
France orders 12 Airbus A330 MRTT refuellers

Airbus Defence and Space has been selected by the French Ministry of Defence to supply 12 A330 MRTT new generation air-to-air refuelling aircraft for the French Air Force. France is the sixth nation to order the type following Australia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom which have ordered a total of 34 aircraft. more>>
James C. Floyd Award ceremony
(Nov 18) Mr. Dave Caddey (retiring from MDA) and Mr. Ron Holdway (COM DEV) have been awarded the James C. Floyd Award by AIAC for their exceptional contribution in the development of Canada’s space industry. Mr. Caddey and Mr. Holdway were honoured at a ceremony during the Annual Aerospace Dinner here Ottawa.
David Curtis elected to Chair AIAC Board
(Nov 18) Jim Quick, President and CEO of AIAC,announced the election of David Curtis as Chair of the Board for 2014-2015. Mr. Curtis succeeds Barry Kohler. AIAC will look to Mr Curtis' experience "to lead the way toward creating those fruitful relationships that will place Canada at the forefront of global aerospace."
Seaspan modernizes Vancouver shipyard
Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards has announced the completion of its two-year, $170M Shipyard Modernization Project ahead of schedule and under-budget. Funded entirely by Seaspan, the West Coast shipbuilding and ship repair centre allows for the effective and efficient delivery of Non-Combat vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. more>>
Airbus and DCNS team for ship-based UAS

Airbus Defence and Space and DCNS have signed a cooperation agreement to develop a ship-based helicopter UAS capability. This technological partnership will help to speed up the market release of the TANAN vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) tactical helicopter UAS. more>>
Seaspan starts constuction on OFSV
Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards has started construction on two initial blocks for the NSPS ship, the CCG’s Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV).

Reminder: AIAC Summit Nov 18-19
The annual AIAC Summit kicks off at 08:45, to focus on how aerospace players can deliver in the increasingly complex global market and economic context. View the program here: more>>
Vector Aerospacenew and renewed contracts
In the last week, Vector Aerospace has renewed engine services agreements with: Gander Aerospace Manufacturing / Evas Air (of Gander, Newfoundland); Provincial Aerospace Ltd. (of St. John's, Newfoundland); and CommutAir (of Cleveland, Ohio). Vector also renewed a network services agreement with Turboprop East (based in North Adams, Massachusetts), and Inked a new engine services agreement with Aerway Leasing (based in Waterford, Wisconsin).
Oshkosh: new driver-assist safety systems
Recognizing the critical importance of safety for ground operations, Oshkosh Defense will showcase its new driver assist safety systems – from basic forward collision warning to fully autonomous vehicle operation in high-threat environments. Oshkosh will debut these systems on the new Oshkosh MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) Intervention variant at AUSA 2014 in Washington, D.C.
GE Canada awards $80M contract
GE’s Global Offshore and Marine division has awarded an $80M contract to provide switchboards, variable frequency drives, and other electrical components for drilling ships. At its peak, the contract is expected to generate approximately 50 high-quality trades and professional jobs in Prince Edward Island.
A400M for Germany leaves the paintshop
The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter for the German Air Force has now been painted in its new colours at the Airbus Defence and Space facility in Seville, Spain. The dark, radar-absorbent, matte tone reduces the visibility of aircraft at altitude, and makes it harder to detect by radar. The paint is an environmentally-friendly chromate-free coating with high solid content and low volatility (for reduced emissions).

Lockheed awarded SEWIP contract for USN
(Oct 8) The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin an additional $147 million contract to upgrade the fleet’s electronic warfare defenses against evolving threats, such as anti-ship missiles. The Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) contract will upgrade all U.S. aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and other warships with key capabilities to determine if the electronic sensors of potential foes are tracking the ship.
Paralympic Committee offers new resource
Canadian Paralympic Committee unveils world-leading Paralympic FUNdamentals physical literacy resource for schools across Canada. This free resource for educators in Canada is designed to usher in a new era of inclusiveness to help students of all abilities play and learn together. more>>
Thales completes IMIC3 trials
Thales Canada has completed the Harbour Acceptance Trials and Sea Acceptance Trials for Phase One of the Interdepartmental Maritime Integrated Command, Control and Communications (IMIC3) project, which provides awareness of shipping activity and a background for deeper analysis of trends and vulnerabilities. Phase Two, which starts soon will focus on system integration with Kingston-class vessels. Acceptance of the system is scheduled before the end of 2014.
Airbus delivers to USCG
(Oct 7) Airbus has delivered the 18th HC-144A Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft to the U.S. Coast Guard. It will join a fleet of Ocean Sentries operating from Coast Guard Air Stations in Cape Cod, Mobile, Miami and Corpus Christi (which just retired its last HU-25 Guardian aircraft).
Tug restored by Seaspan
Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards has completed volunteer repair work on the Steam Tow Boat Master (SS Master) as part of its $50,000 donation to the SS Master Society. The historic tug, built in 1922, is the last remaining example of a once formidable fleet of wooden-hulled, steam-powered towboats on the West Coast.

Vector MRO quality certification
Vector Aerospace Engine Services - Atlantic Inc, a global independent provider of aviation MRO services, has received the Quality Standard AS9110B certification for its facility in PEI. Vector is one of only fifteen companies in Canada to hold this approval and the first in Atlantic Canada," says Jeff Poirier, president of ES-A.
Static aviation display at CANSEC-15
The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) has issued the first ever RFI for a static aviation display. CADSI, in collaboration with the National Research Council's Flight Research Centre, will host the static display area on the NRC tarmac, which is conveniently located across the street from the CANSEC 2015 event venue. Transportation will be provided to and from the NRC tarmac for all registrants of the event. Click here for RFI document: more>>
French Fremm begins sea trials
The FREMM Provence, intended for the French Navy, just completed its first sea outing on October 1st. This event marks the start of the vessel’s sea trials, which will be conducted off the Brittany coast over the next few weeks.

Cassidian now Airbus DS Optronics
(Oct 1) Effective today, Cassidian Optronics is a 100% subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, and will operate as Airbus DS Optronics GmbH. The Management led by CEO Ralf Klaedtke will remain unchanged. The Canadian office of Airbus DS Optronics will be under the leadership of Simon Jacques.
A400M in final testing
(Sept 29) The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter for the German Air Force has begun final tests before delivery. The A400M will replace Germany's aging C-160 Transall fleet. Its TP400 engines provide nearly 8-times as much installed power as the C-160. It can carry twice the load of its predecessor over intercontinental distances at speeds comparable to more expensive jet aircraft, and can land on short or unprepared airstrips close to the scene of military or humanitarian action.

MEADS & MFCR Performance Tests
The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program has completed a six-week performance test of its 360-degree Multifunction Fire Control Radar (MFCR) at Pratica di Mare Air Force Base near Rome, Italy, and at MBDA Germany’s air defense center in Freinhausen in the presence of the German customer and guests from MEADS partner nations. This was the first time the MFCR has been operated in Germany.
BGen Chapman joins WWC Board
Brigadier-General Julian Chapman, Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force Central/ Land Force Central Area, will join the Board of Wounded Warriors Canada, a non-profit organization that helps wounded or injured CAF members (reg. force, reservists or retired).
Irving production facility progressing
(Sep 3) The Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding marked the installation of the final piece of steel frame for the production facility that will produce the Navy’s newest combat fleet starting in September 2015. Irving has committed more than $310M in Canada to date for goods and services related to the NSPS, including its Yard Modernization program and work underway on the AOPS Definition Contract.
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