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ISIL drops standards to recruit foreigners
(Nov 25) The Islamic State in the Levant has relaxed "vetting" procedures for foreign jihadists joining the group, and expanded military training camps in a drive to build its "Caliphate", safe house operatives and defectors have told The Telegraph. more>>
Canadians joining Kurdish forces in Middle East
(Nov 25) Dozens of Canadians have volunteered to fight Islamic State in recent days, the founder of a support group said Monday amid reports military veterans from several Western countries had traveled to Syria and Iraq to take up arms against the extremists. more>>
Chuck Hagel resigns as Secretary of Defense
(Nov 24) U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned today. It is the first major change to President Barack Obama’s Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago. Hagel will remain in the job until a successor is in place. Top potential candidates to replace Hagel may include Michele Flournoy, a former under secretary of defense; Ashton Carter, a former deputy secretary of defense; and Senator Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island. more>>
Fredericton to deploy in early 2015
(Nov 24) Following recent sea trials, HMCS Fredericton is preparing to deploy as the first modernized frigate at high readiness in early 2015. The $4.3 billion mid-life program to upgrade and enhance the existing fleet includes a new Combat Management System, new radar capability, a new electronic warfare system, upgraded communications and missiles, and a new Integrated Platform Management System.
Mental Health support for CAF members, families and Veterans
DND and Veterans Affairs are expanding existing, and creating new mental health initiatives for Veterans, serving military members, and their families. Approximately $200 million in funding will go towards an awareness campaign, digitizing health records, special brain imaging technologies, and the establishment of a major new Operational Stress Injury clinic in Halifax (to open in the Fall of 2015) and satellite clinics opening in St. John’s, Chicoutimi, Pembroke, Brockville, Kelowna, Victoria and Montreal to speed access to mental health services.
Egypt could send forces to stabilize future Palestinian state
(Nov 24) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in an interview published Sunday that he would be prepared to send troops to a future Palestinian state to help stabilize it in agreement with Israel and the Palestinians authority. more>>
Deadlock in Iranian nuclear talks
(Nov 24) Two days before the scheduled deadline in the negotiations between the six world powers and Iran over a “framework agreement” for the Islamic republic’s nuclear program, the talks seemed deadlocked, with the two sides unable to bridge their differences. more>>
Coalition bombing has hurt militants
(Nov 24) Coalition air strikes have “radically limited” the ability of ISIS to operate in Iraq. The bombing campaign by Canadian and allied warplanes had made it much harder for the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham to use its heavy weapons such as tanks and artillery. more>>
Feds to spend $200M more on military mental health programs
(Nov 24) The federal government has announced $200 million over six years to support mental health needs of military members, veterans and their families. The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces also announced Sunday that an additional $16.7 million in ongoing funds will be available to support forces members, veterans and their families. more>>
Defence workers face burnout: documents
(Nov 24) Public servants overseeing billions of dollars of military equipment projects are facing burnout and poor morale and could be prone to error due to overwork, documents obtained by the Citizen reveal. more>>
Human spirit triumphs even during war
Based on a true story from WW1, this Christmas commercial from Sainsbury’s, a British Supermarket chain, was produced in cooperation with the Royal British Legion. more>>
Canadian volunteered to fight with Kurdish against ISIL
(Nov 21) The first veteran of the Canadian military known to have joined Kurdish forces battling ISIS, Dillon Hillier is part of a growing number of Western volunteers heading to the region to participate in the fight against the armed extremists. more>>
Canada’s fighters hitting only select targets in Iraq
(Nov 21) The Canadian military insisted Thursday that its bombing campaign in Iraq is being conducted according to international law, which means there are some targets that Canada's aircraft will not hit. more>>
Veterans demand answers from Tories
(Nov 21) Veterans groups are speaking out after learning more than $1 billion in funds went unspent over the past seven years, rather than being used for support and services. more>>
DND Technical Briefing: Iraq
(Nov 20) Capt(N) Paul Forget confirmed during a technical briefing today at National Defence Headquarters that Boeing CF-188 Hornet pilots, working with other coalition members’ aircraft, had successfully targeted more ISIL installations in the previous few days. more>>
Almost 1,000 dead since Ukraine truce
(Nov 20) An average of 13 people have been killed daily in eastern Ukraine since a 5 September ceasefire came into place, the UN human rights commissioner says. more>>
Canadian hets help destroy Islamic State bunkers
(Nov 20) Two Canadian fighter jets joined aircraft from other allied forces in Iraq Wednesday in an assault on a complex of bunkers and tunnels that was uncovered by chance in a previous American strike. more>>
Action in Iraq hurting ISIL
(Nov 20) Retired U.S. general David Petraeus, the architect of America’ surge in Iraq in 2007, says a western victory over Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria could take years. Petraeus said he’ optimistic because of the recent military gains by Iraqi around forces in northern Iraq. more>>
Latest in string of incidents in Jerusalem
(Nov 19) The assault on worshippers inside a Jerusalem synagogue did not occur in isolation. Bloodstained incidents have been occurring for weeks across the city ranging from riots near the holy mosques to individual Palestinians stabbing Israelis in the streets. more>>
Israel to “respond harshly” to deadly synagogue attack
(Nov 18) Two Palestinians stormed a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday, attacking worshippers inside with meat cleavers and a gun, killing four people and injuring eight others, including a Canadian-Israeli citizen, before they died themselves in a shootout with police. more>>
Government rethinking terrorism fight
(Nov 18) A rethink of the fledgling federal counter-terrorism strategy is underway in the face of rapidly evolving Islamist extremism and radicalization. more>>
Government Bungling
(Nov 18) Canada’s military procurement process has evolved into an enduring fiasco. Military procurement should be about military procurement, says Andrew Coyne, anything else is a costly waste. more>>
ISIL warehouse bombed
(Nov 18) CFB Cold Lake, Alberta, fighter pilots bomb an ISIL warehouse used to make explosives more>>
HMCS Toronto crew fight fire and evacuate casualties in Turkey
On 14 November 2014, during a port visit, six crew members of HMCS Toronto and two members of the Air Detachment responded to a fire and assisted in the evacuation of a building in Antalya, Turkey. While eating at a local restaurant, the crew members noticed a fire and rushed to assist, using a fire hose rigged in the street outside the building to cool the structure and extinguish the fire. They also supported the evacuation of the building before handing over the scene to the fire department and police.
Ottawa Procurement Ombudsman meeting
The Procurement Ombudsman office will answer businesses' questions about federal procurement on Thursday, November 27th: English Session, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM, French Session 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The event is being held at RA Centre, Court Side A, 2451 Riverside Drive and attendees are asked to register by e-mail at or by telephone at 613-947-9667. more>>
North Korea sought tradeoff to free captives
(Nov 17) U.S. spy chief James Clapper flew to North Korea on a mission to bring home two U.S. captives but North Korean officials wanted a diplomatic concession of some sort in return for freeing the men which Clapper had none to offer. more>>
Pure evil
(Nov 17) ISIL’s despicable beheading of eighteen Syrians and U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig is the latest example of why civilized peoples must strongly confront evil. more>>
Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs to hear Mental Health Report
On Nov 19, Dr. Ron Frey, Clinical and Organizational Psychologist, will be reporting to the Senate Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs about the medical, social, and operational impacts of mental health issues affecting serving and retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces, including operational stress injuries (OSIs) such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
ISIL leader directly threatens Canada
(Nov 14) "We see America and its allies stumbling between fear, weakness, inability and failure. America, Europe, Australia, Canada, their apostate tails and slaves from amongst the rulers of the Muslims’ lands were terrified by the IS. more>>
Soldier takes cover amid heavy fallout
(Nov 14) Franck Gervais, an Ottawan construction worker is now facing public outrage and ta police investigation after impersonating a Royal Canadian Regiment sergeant during the Rememberance Day service at the National War Memorial. more>>
ISIL targets harder to find military
(Nov 14) Two weeks into Canada’s six-month mission in Iraq, the Canadian Forces are having trouble finding IS targets to destroy after the militants had been forced to abandon their tanks and other equipment and go into hiding from the view of the air. more>>
Tories’ love for forces is all hat and no cattle
(Nov 14) During a decade in Afghanistan Canada earned a reputation as a serious country with a serious military, willing and able to fight when necessary and build when possible. The Royal Canadian Air Force’s involvement in the campaign against Islamic State, though comprised of just six aging CF-18s, is an attempt to sustain that reputation. But with the budget dwindling, changes might have to be made. more>>
RCAF Briefing
(Nov 13) Col Daniel Constable, Commander of Joint Task Force-Iraq, briefed reporters on Canada's current activity against IS militants. more>>
Angry vets enlist help to protest Tories
(Nov 13) A group of angry veterans who want the Conservative government defeated in the next election are appealing to service members of the military to join in protest in order for vets to be treated and looked after better after their service has ended. more>>
RCMP on search of high-risk travellers
(Nov 13) Inflight undercover RCMP officers who guard commercial airliners are watching for a new threat: extremist Canadians traveling to and from foreign conflicts. more>>
Russians spotted entering Ukraine
(Nov 13) Russian combat troops have crossed into separatist-held part of eastern Ukraine guarded by heave artillery. Ukraine has demanded an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council and ordered its army to prepare for combat against a renewed separatist offensive. more>>
Mercury Global contracts awarded
(Nov 12) Today, DND awarded contracts to enhance CAF operational capability and global military satellite communications. Two contracts were awarded to General Dynamics Canada for the Mercury Global project. The first contract is for the design-and-build of the Mercury Global anchor stations valued at $59.1 million. The second contract, to provide ongoing in-service support, is valued at $8.5 million. The costs are shared among seven partner nations (Australia, Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United States). more>>
Anti-ISIL militias out for revenge
(Nov 12) Iraqi Shiite militiamen who have answered the Iraqi governments call to arms to fight IS are growing more brutal driven by a desire for revenge against the Sunni extremists who have butchered Shiites who fall into their hands. more>>
Budget cuts bigger and sooner
(Nov 12) Canada's Conservative government has wiped nearly 37,000 people off the federal payroll and reduced key services for Canada's veterans and the unemployed (and budgets for food safety) in the rush to pay for its promised tax cuts. more>>
Paralympians lay wreaths across Canada
(Nov 11) Paralympic athletes paid their respects to Canada's veterans in Remembrance Day ceremonies across the country this morning, laying wreaths in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Para-nordic skier Caroline Bisson, a Sochi 2014 Paralympian, participated in the Ottawa ceremony. "I'm very, very honored to have been invited to represent Paralympic athletes to lay a wreath," said Bisson. "I had an opportunity to speak to a soldier form the Royal 22nd Regiment and he talked to me about the training that they do. It made me realize that as athletes, we train very hard for the opportunity to represent our country, but it is in a context that's very positive. It's for Games. I realized how they train very hard to go abroad in very difficult, dangerous contexts in order to protect us and defend our values. I congratulated him for the work that they do, and told him I will be thinking of them every time I'm out there training."
Highway of Heroes
(Nov 11) A moving video and song pays tribute to the many sacrifices of Canadian soldiers, sailors, airmen and air women. more>>
Incredible story of Airman Watts
(Nov 11) Jack Watts, a Canadian flyer in the Second World War, took part in 106 sorties as a navigator and a bomber. Watts was shot down three times but returned to the air after each near-death experience ready to fight for his country.

Watts has received a chestful of medals for his service, including a Distinguished Service Order and a Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar. more>>
Military pitches air-war wish list
(Nov 11) The Canadian military is quietly looking at whether it can boost its ability to collect intelligence from the air as shortages of available aircraft hinder the coalition’s fight against Islamic extremists in Iraq. more>>
Transperancy on costs of war is key to support
(Nov 11) Senior military commanders have provided a cost estimate for the six-month Iraq mission to cabinet. But neither they nor the government have released the figures despite requests from the opposition and news media more>>
Islamic State militants may just be violent murderers
(Nov 11) Lining up the sons of a Syrian family, Islamic State militants beheaded them one by one in front of their parents. The killer's background provides more evidence that the Islamic State leadership may be less religiously ’pure’ than its propaganda suggests. more>>
Operating Bases named for soldiers killed in Canada
(Nov 10) Canadian Armed Forces members deployed on Operation IMPACT are commemorating WO Patrice Vincent and Cpl Nathan Cirillo by naming two of their locations after them. Air Task Force – Iraq (ATF-I) has been named Camp Vincent in honour of RCAF Warrant Officer Vincent. Likewise, the Special Forces operating base in Iraq is now called Patrol Base Cirillo, in honour of Corporal Cirillo, an Army Reserve soldier with The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada. Both officers were killed by radicalized men on Canadian soil.
Rememberance Day security doubled
(Nov 10) With the 100th anniversary of World War One, the ceremony at National War Memorial is expected to attract a huge crowd. Extra security will be in place due to the October 22nd attacks at the War Memorial and Parliament Hill. more>>
Harper mentions Canadian couple held in China
(Nov 10) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told Harper China would not release Kevin and Julia Garratt while the country's judiciary investigated the devout Christian couple who are alleged to have stolen military secrets while operating a coffee shop near the North Korean border. more>>
CF Health Services acquires new monitoring software
The Canadian Armed Forces has acquired new software to help improve mental health treatment for its members. Through the immediate and continuous tracking of progress, treatment will be more readily individually modified and optimized. The Client-Reported Outcome Monitoring Information System (CROMIS) tablet-based software will be used in treatment starting this month in Ottawa.
Would-be jihadist fighters hide on cruise ships
(Nov 7) Would-be jihadist fighters are booking tickets on cruise ships to join extremists in battle zones in Syria ad Iraq, hoping to bypass their neighbors such as Turkey. more>>
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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.
Tim Page joins Seaspan Shipyards
(Aug 5) Tim Page has joined Seaspan Shipyards as Vice President, Govt Relations. The Seaspan team will benefit from Tim's 30+ years of leadership and senior management experience across diverse sectors, including his 9 years in Ottawa as president of CADSI.
Vector Aerospace exhibits in Brazil
The global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, Vector Aerospace, will be exhibiting at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) from August 12-14, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Brazil orders Airbus C295 SAR aircraft

Brazil has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space for the acquisition of three Airbus C295 search and rescue aircraft and a five-year Full In Service Support contract. The aircraft will join 12 transport-configured C295 aircraft, taking the total Brazilian C295 fleet to 15. more>>
Vector Aerospace Africa

Johannesburg – Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation MRO services, has announced that its engine repair and overhaul facility, located in Lanseria, South Africa, has been appointed a Designated Overhaul Facility for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 aircraft engine. more>>
Denmark to choose new fighter
Airbus Defence and Space has submitted its bid in response to the Danish Ministry of Defence´s tender for the replacement of Denmark´s fleet of F-16 fighters.
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