28 Jan – Ukrainian recruits, under the supervision of Canadian soldiers from 1 Combat Engineer Regiment, practice searching for and identifying booby traps, during Operation Unifier in the UK. (CAF Photo: Cpl Eric Greico)
30 Jan – Aviator Dean Hammond of 2 Air Movements Squadron ensures cargo is secure prior to loading onto a CC-130J Hercules in support of Air Task Force Prestwick, in Scotland, United Kingdom. (CombatCamera: MCpl Desiree Bourdon)
1 Dec – CF-18 Hornet takes off from Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania, to return to Canada during Operation Reassurance. (Photo: Cpl Eric Chaput)
5 Jan – Members of the Royal Canadian Artillery conduct a live-fire exercise as part of Operation Reassurance at Camp Adazi, Latvia. (Canadian Armed Forces Photo)
Jan 2 – Members of the Canadian Armed Forces conduct a live-fire exercise as part of Operation REASSURANCE at Camp Adazi, Latvia. (CAF Photo)
7 Dec – Cpl Marc-Antoine Renaud of the 1st Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment (1 R22eR), fires behind barricades during the Sharpshooter course exam at the Valcartier shooting range. (CAF Photo: Cpl Simon Morin)
Dec 2022 – CF-18 Hornet takes off from Mihail Kogalniceanu (MK) Air Base in Romania, to return to Canada during Operation Reassurance. (CAF Photo: Cpl Eric Chaput)
Nov 2022 - Dive team from HMCS Winnipeg conducts jumps from the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter to keep personnel trained and ready during Operation PROJECTION in the Pacific Ocean. (CAF photo: S1 Melissa Gonzalez)
3 Nov – Canadian Armed Forces members from 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (CMBG) conduct a Level 5 live fire range during Exercise PATRICIA WOLVERINE at 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Detachment Wainwright training area. (Photo: Cpl Djalma Vuong-De Ramos)
20 Oct – Sailor First Class Daniel Dion-Jean listens to radio communications in a Bison ambulance during Exercise STARLIGHT CHAOS, which is led by 5 Field Ambulance, in the training areas of 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier, Quebec. (Photo: Cpl Simon Morin)
3 Nov – Candidates on the Helicopter Underslung Operations course (HUSO) given by 3 Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, conduct exercise with a CH-146 Griffon helicopter from 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, in the training areas of 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier, Quebec. (Photo: Cpl Marc-André Leclerc)
15 Nov – Sapper Han Chi Zhang, a member of 5 Canadian Combat Engineer Regiment, climbs aboard a zodiac during helo-casting training on Hayes Lake, at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier, Quebec. (Photo: Cpl Sébastien Lauzier-Labarre)
23 Nov – Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR) teams practice breaching in confined spaces to save casualties during Exercise RUBBLE GUNNER at the USAR Training Facility, Work Point, CFB Esquimalt. (CAF Photo: MS Valerie LeClair)
22 Oct –  Soldiers from 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery conduct a fire mission at 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Detachment Wainwright training area. (Photo: Cpl Djalma Vuong-De Ramos)
9 Nov - Pte David Garceau, a member of 5e Groupe-brigade mécanisé du Canada, monitors his angles of fire during Exercise LION INTRÉPIDE, in the training areas of 2nd Canadian Division Support Base, in Quebec City. (Photo: Cpl Sébastien Lauzier-Labarre)
Feb 02   (J. PAUL de B. TAILLON)

With Putin bent on the destruction of Ukrainian culture, that brave nation is fighting to save itself – and in doing so they are fighting for all nations that believe in freedom, democracy and the rule of law. NATO has unified to provide the vital moral, financial and military support required for the Ukrainian people in their struggle. Let's look at the challenges of the tank requirement.

Feb 01   (KEN POLE)

A new paper from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute explores the financial cost of war using links between taxation and defence spending and drawing on data from 100 countries, including Ukraine. It offers evidence to understand how increases in military spending may affect tax structures, but also how low-income, autocratic and conflict-affected countries fund their military spending.

Jan 22   (JAMES FRYER)   (FrontLine)

Will the issue of heavy armour support for Ukraine unite or divide the allies? Will Germany's post-WW2-guilt overpower its modern leadership role in global stability? Is a willing coalition of European neighbours enough to stiffen the German spine?

Jan 15   (JAMES PARKER)

Canada has announced that the Lockheed Martin F-35 has been chosen to replace the aged CF-18s. New kit as major as this should go a long way to boosting recruitment of pilots, aircrew, and aviation technicians. It's time to quickly capitalize on this new recruitment tool.

Feb 01   (Defense News)

A compact General Atomics Aeronautical Systems surveilance drone launched from a larger GA platform recently completed a successful test at the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah. The company, which builds the Army’s MQ-1C Gray Eagle long-range surveillance platform, calls its smaller and cheaper “air launched effect” UAS the Eaglet. “It enables extended reach of sensors and increased lethality while providing survivability for manned aircraft,” said GA President David Alexander.

Jan 31   (Defense News)

Boeing has been awarded a $2.3-billion U.S. Air Force contract for 15 KC-46 flying tankers for delivery by the end of August 2026. They would increase to 128 the contracted total, 68 of which are already have been delivered. Boeing also has export contracts for the aircraft, which is based on its civilian 767 platform.

Jan 31   (DND News)

One hundred years ago today, the Government of Canada authorized the organization of the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve. Since then, the Naval Reserve has played a critical role in Canada’s safety and security. Today's modern Naval Reserve includes some 4,100 members across Canada.

Jan 31   (Ottawa Citizen)

A Public Service Alliance of Canada unit representing more than 10,400 federal workers who operate government buildings and services is asking for a 47 per cent increase in total compensation over three years. A Public Interest Commission tribunal says the proposal “would result in an increase to compensation far beyond what is reasonable.”

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Jan 22   – 

Will the issue of heavy armour support for Ukraine unite or divide the allies? Will Germany's post-WW2-guilt overpower its modern leadership role in global stability? Is a willing coalition of European neighbours enough to stiffen the German spine?

Jan 15   – 

Canada has announced that the Lockheed Martin F-35 has been chosen to replace the aged CF-18s. New kit as major as this should go a long way to boosting recruitment of pilots, aircrew, and aviation technicians. It's time to quickly capitalize on this new recruitment tool.

Jan 12

Action on the Arbour Report is likely to begin soon, LGen Michel Maisonneuve and Dr Danic Parenteau provide suggestions for consideration by the different committees engaged in these changes. Read on for clarification, and more details, pursuant to comments received after publishing (Oct 2022) their five general recommendations for any review of the Canadian Military Colleges. 

Jan 10   – 

This procurement has been politically turbulent for both Liberal and Conservative governments over the years, but Canada has finally announced it will begin taking deliveries of its first 16 F-35 Lightning II fighters in 2026 despite protesters who call for vulnerability in the name of peace.

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30 January 2023   (BBC)
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki today unveiled plans to increase his country’s defence budget this year to four per cent of GDP from the current level of nearly 2.5 per cent. “The war in Ukraine makes us arm ourselves even faster,” he said. “That is why this year we will make an unprecedented effort” he said, adding that the increase “might mean that this will be the highest percentage . . . among all NATO countries.”
30 January 2023   (Al Jazeera)
Elected in 2019 as a left-leaning liberal, Croatian President Zoran Milanov today criticized NATO allies for supplying Ukraine with weapons in its campaign against Russia, saying it only would prolong the war. “What is the goal: disintegration of Russia, change of the government?” asked Milanov, who has shifted to populist nationalism. “There is also talk of tearing Russia apart. . . . It is clear that Crimea will never again be part of Ukraine.”
30 January 2023   (AP)
The World Health Organization said today that the coronavirus remain a global emergency even though an expert panel says higher levels of immunity can virus-related deaths. “There is no doubt that we're in a far better situation” than a year ago, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, urging vulnerable group to be fully vaccinated and ignore “misinformation” about masking and social distancing.
29 January 2023   (CBC)
A Canadian Army trooper faces charges of aggravated sexual assault and forcible confinement following an Ontario court’s hearing in a private prosecution. The accuser’s lawyer said the civil action was initiated after the Department of National Defence declined to prosecute after an investigation in 2018. A warrant has been issued for Corporal Oleksii Silin, based at CFB Gagetown.
29 January 2023   (CBC)
The Russian mercenary Wagner Group has been designated by the U.S. Treasury Department as a “transnational criminal organization” responsible for atrocities in Ukraine. Molly Dunigan, senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, a California-based global policy think tank, says Wagner “historically has just been . . . no-holds-barred in terms of brutality against civilians in the population in which they operate.”
29 January 2023   (CNN)
Petr Pavel, 61, a former Czech Republic army general and head of NATO’s military committee, was elected to the country’s presidency January 28. Campaigning as a social liberal, he promised to keep the country firmly anchored in the West and will take office in March.
29 January 2023   (Breaking Defense)
An accelerated procurement process in German is designed to equip “each and every” soldier personnel equipment such as protective gear, night vision goggles, and rucksacks inside the next three years. It could have taken nearly double that time under normal circumstances but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine added real-world urgency to the task.
27 January 2023   (Al Jazeera)
A court in Helsinki today found two Finnish journalists from a major daily newspaper guilty of revealing classified defence intelligence information in 2017. The lead writer was fined for divulging what was described as publicly-available 10-year-old information of the approximate location and mission of Finnish defence forces, but his colleague was not sentenced.
27 January 2023   (Al Jazeera)
Fiji’s new government, elected in December, today suspended its police commissioner and its elections supervisor as it beefs up ties with Australia and New Zealand and prepares to terminate a contentious policing agreement with China. “Our system of democracy and justice systems are different so we will go back to those that have similar systems with us,” explained Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka.
27 January 2023   (USNI)
Despite Russia’s commitment of apparently dwindling resources to its invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s Northern Fleet’s ballistic missile submarine and strategic bomber capabilities remain intact, according to a report this week from the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington. its authors note that the Arctic remains “of great strategic value”, especially the Kola Peninsula as a gateway for attack and ballistic missile submarines to reach the Atlantic.
27 January 2023   (Defense News)
Recent joint ventures with foreign defence manufacturers evidently will enable Hungary to boost military expenditure to NATO’s target of two per cent of gross domestic product a year earlier than expected. The deals with the state-owned N7 Holding company are part of a large-scale effort to procure new weapons and production facilities.
27 January 2023   (Defense News)
The U.S. Navy is suspending submarine repairs at four dry docks in Washington state due to concerns about their possible vulnerability to seismic activity. Stressing that there is “no immediate risk,” the USN says the decision enables a team of experts to assess three drydocks at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard drydocks in Bremerton and one at the Trident Refit Facility in nearby Bangor.

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