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2 March 2023 (Stars & Stripes)
Mike Lee, a U.S. Republican Senator from Utah has threatened to block a $1.55-billion sale of cruise missiles to Japan unless it hands over a U.S. Navy officer imprisoned for the traffic deaths of two persons. When Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida ignored an initial demand, Lee said he hoped the PM is “ready for conversations on the Senate floor that you’re not likely to enjoy” because “this issue isn’t going away, and neither am I.”
2 March 2023 (Military.com)
Most of U.S. Air Mobility Command’s refueling and cargo fleets are to have “subdued” external identifiers. A spokesman explains that since missions often involve sensitive cargo, “we have concerns about the operational security impacts to these missions in the modern era of on-demand, real-time information.”
2 March 2023 (CTV)
Canada’s budget for maintaining 15 overseas war memorials, some nearly 100 years old, is $11.7 million over six years. Veterans Affairs Minister Laurence MacAuley said February 17 that most of the money is spent in France on the Vimy Memorial and the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial.
2 March 2023 (CP)
As the federal government continues to struggle with the concept of a legal registry of foreign agents in Canada, it’s suggested that it should “copy and paste” Australia’s five-year-old legislation. This is the advice offered by a former Privy Council Clerk and a senior fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation.
2 March 2023 (CTV)
The Office of the Chief Science Advisor of Canada, Mona Nemer, is looking into the unidentified aerial phenomena. The Sky Canada Project evidently will collect information with a view to producing a draft report in the fall and setting the stage for a public report in early 2024.
1 March 2023 (Army Times)
The first rotation of battalion combined-arms training for more than 600 Ukrainian troops, focusing on the M2 Bradley fighting vehicle, has finished at the U.S. Army Grafenwoehr training area in Bavaria. A second is under way with nearly 900 Ukrainians in artillery and Stryker infantry carrier battalions.
1 March 2023 (Defense News)
Having opted last year to replace its ageing 707-based E-3 surveillance and control fleet with 737-based E-7As, the U.S. Air Force today awarded Boeing a contract worth up to $1.2 billion to start work on its first of a planned 26 aircraft. Originally developed for Australia, the “Wedgetail” also is or will be operated by Britain, South Korea and Turkey.
28 February 2023 (Defence News)
In a major push to modernize its army’s tracked vehicle inventory, Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak today signed a deal with a domestically-led consortium to procure some 1,400 Badger infantry fighting vehicles, replacing Soviet-era BMP-1s. the new IFVs would work closely with 1,000 new tanks, the first of which were delivered in late 2022.
28 February 2023 (AP)
Several drone incursions into Russia today, including one which crashed 100 kilometres from Moscow, prompted President Vladimir Putin to order that air defences should be tightened. Minor damage was reported in one area but no injuries were reported and while Russia blamed Ukraine, officials there did not immediately claim responsibility. Images of one drone showed that it was Ukrainian-made with a range of up to 800km.
28 February 2023 (Ottawa Citizen)
A month before federal government employees return-to-office mandates take effect, several departments are dropping requirements to wear masks and practise physical distancing. Despite union resistance, many employees must attend their workplace at least two days a week or 40 per cent of their pre-pandemic presence.
28 February 2023 (BBC)
Ukraine’s counteroffensive in Bakhmut in the Russian-controlled Donetsk region is becoming “more and more difficult” after more than six months of Russian attacks, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has acknowledged. “The enemy is constantly destroying everything that can be used to protect our positions,” he said February 27.
28 February 2023 (CNN)
Virginia-based Leidos, a major defence contractor which has an office in Ottawa, has chosen Thomas Bell, chief executive of Rolls-Royce North America, to become its next CEO, effective May 3. Bell is a former senior vice-president of global sales and marketing for Boeing Defense, Space & Security and before that was president of Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace.