14 April – The sun rises as HMCS Montreal and supply ship MV Asterix prepare to enter Souda Bay, Greece on its way through the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean as part of Canada's committment to increase the number of deployments to the Indo-Pacific region. (Photo: Cpl Connor Bennett)
15 May – CAF members from 41 Canadian Brigade Group assist Alberta Wildfire and local firefighters in fire prevention operations in Drayton Valley, Alberta, as part of Operation Lentus 23. (CAF Photo: MCpl Genevieve Lapointe)
25 April – Members of the embarked Air Detachment aboard HMCS Fredericton load torpedoes on the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter “Phoenix” during Operation Reassurance in the Mediterranean Sea. (CAF Photo: Cpl Noé Marchon)
April 30 – Members of 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment and from various Government of Canada departments guide and offer water to evacuees from Sudan to the reception bus during Operation SAVANNE23 in Djibouti. (CAF Photo: MCpl Bryan Carter)
11 March – HMCS Fredericton embarked CH-148 Cyclone helicopter “Phoenix” prepares to land on the flight deck during Operation Reassurance in the Mediterranean Sea. (CAF Photo: Cpl Noé Marchon)
10 Apr – Royal Canadian Air Force CC-177 Globemaster from 429 Transport Sqn based at 8 Wing Trenton, delivers a Leopard 2A4 main battle tank to Poland, as a part of Canada's commitment to Ukraine. (CAF Photo: Cpl Marco Tijam)
11 Apr – Leopard 2 tanks donated by Canada to Ukraine arrive in southwestern Poland. Transportation was being overseen by members of the Canadian Armed Forces during Operation Unifier. (CAF Photo: Cpl Marco Tijam)
13 Apr – Members of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry conduct a small arms live-fire exercise with members of the Spanish Armed Forces during Op Reassurance at Camp Adazi, Latvia. (Combat Camera Photo)
6 Apr – Members of the embarked Air Detachment aboard HMCS Fredericton load a torpedo on the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter “Phoenix” during Op Reassurance in the Mediterranean Sea. (CAF Photo: Cpl Noé Marchon)
4 Apr – Soldiers from 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (3 PPCLI) participate in the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Capability exercise alongside American Allies, from 11th Airborne Div near Fort Wainwright, Alaska. (CAF Photo: MCpl Cass Moon)
1 Apr – Sailor 3rd Class Brair Goudie participates in a .50 calibre heavy machine gun training on Motor Vessel Asterix during Operation Projection Indo-Pacific in the Atlantic Ocean. (CAF Photo: S1 Taylor Congdon)
7 Apr – Naval Replenishment Unit Asterix, Master Sailor Gabriel George and Sailor 3rd Class Briar Goudie supervise training onboard MV Asterix during Op Projection Indo-Pacific in the Mediterranean Sea. (CAF Photo: S1 Taylor Congdon)

Recent announcements about the two top positions in North American Aerospace & Defence Command underscore how U.S. promotions and senior command appointments are more politicized than they are in Canada, a situation enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.

May 30   (DND News)

The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence issued the following statement today related to the One-Year Anniversary of the Independent External Comprehensive Review on sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces.


​Chinese election interference is a hot topic in Canada today. Yet, while it is indeed a matter of enormous importance, it is one that must be placed in the context of the new Cold War against the West.


Canada continues to dodge NATO calls for defence spending. There is a long-standing complaint that Canada continues to fall short of the alliance’s stated goal that its members’ defence spending should equal a minimum of 2% of gross domestic product.

Jun 01   (Ken Pole)

Two new appointees to the top command positions at North American Aerospace Defence Command headquarters in Colorado bring different but complementary skillsets to the 65-year-old partnership.

May 31   (Ken Pole)

Defence Minister Anand used a keynote speech today at the opening of CANSEC, the Canadian Association of Defence & Security Industries trade show in Ottawa, to underscore the importance of supply chains as the government modernizes the Canadian Armed Forces. Industry notes procurement is a 2-way collaboration requiring trust.

May 31   (FrontLine News)

Today Seaspan Shipyards announced it has cut steel to build a ‘Prototype Block’ and marking a critical step in its Polar Icebreaker Program. Seaspan is designing and building the first heavy Polar Icebreaker in Canada in more than 60 years. Lessons learned from building the Prototype Block will help improve the quality and efficiency of the process when production of the vessel begins in late 2024.

May 31   (FrontLine News)

Using both indoor and outdoor booths at CANSEC, Rheinmetall is showcasing its latest and most innovative advancements including water treatment, new fabrics, satellite communications. land Vehicle crew training, strategic fires and effects information, night vision system modernization and heavy equipment replacement.

Beretta Defense Technologies / Stoeger Canada
Providing services, weaponry and equipment, including enhanced tactical clothing and and electro-optics.
Collins Aerospace
Delivering intelligent and secure communications solutions to military, government and civilian customers. Major investments in green technologies for sustainable systems.
Babcock Canada Inc
Focusing on critical missions, operations, complex asset management, technology integration, and specialist training,
30 May 2023   – 

​Chinese election interference is a hot topic in Canada today. Yet, while it is indeed a matter of enormous importance, it is one that must be placed in the context of the new Cold War against the West.

27 April 2023   – 

The CAF is in crisis mode, attempting to deal with a lack of personnel and equipment, efforts to change its culture, operational pressures and reputational challenges. This huge machine cannot rapidly ramp up from dereliction when needed – it's time for Canadians to begin to recognize service to country as important, and give it the priority it deserves.

29 March 2023   – 

The federal budget plans a 3% reduction in across-the-board spending and new spending is squarely focusing on domestic economic issues. The defence policy review, announced a year ago, will likely be stalled while to government turns its attention to domestic needs.

22 January 2023   – 

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?

31 May - 1 June 2023
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Tradex, Abbotsford, British Columbia
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Abbotsford Int'l Airport, BC
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Edgewood, Maryland
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Halifax Convention Centre, NS
5 June 2023   (Military Times)
Fighter jets and U.S. tanks promised to Ukraine won’t be ready for a spring counteroffensive against Russia, says General Mark Milley, Chair of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. While training on M1 Abrams tanks has just begun, training on allies’ F-16s is still being negotiated and Milley’s French counterpart says upgrading Ukraine’s capabilities is a mid-to-long-term goal
5 June 2023   (AP)
Russia said today that it had thwarted a “large scale” Ukrainian attack June 4 at five points in the eastern province of Donetsk, one of four regions Russia annexed last fall. Defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said 40 armured vehicles, including 16 tanks, were destroyed and 250 troops killed but there was no corroboration by Ukraine
5 June 2023   (BBC)
China’s new defence minister, General Li Shangfu, warned June 4 that war with the U.S. would be an “unbearable disaster” for the world. During the Shangri-la Dialogue summit in Singapore, he accused the U.S. of having “a Cold War mentality” and “greatly increasing security risks” but said the two countries should seek common ground.
4 June 2023   (CP)
Defence Minister Anita Anand, in Singapore June 3 for the Shangri-la Dialogue on intergovernmental security, announced June 3 that Canada is reinforcing its military presence in the Indo-Pacific region by deploying a second Royal Canadian Navy warship as well as increasing Canadian involvement in international exercises. The RCN currently has the frigate HMCS Montreal and the support ship Asterix deployed in the region.
4 June 2023   (Reuters)
HMCS Montreal transited the of Taiwan Strait without incident June 3 in convoy with a U.S. destroyer but drew a sharp rebuke from China for “deliberately provoking risk” even though the passage was in international waters. U.S. warships transit the strait roughly once a month, not usually with allies’ ships. The RCN vessel departed from its Halifax homeport March 26 as part of Canada’s commitment to Indo-Pacific security.
3 June 2023
After months of brutal political infighting in Congress, President Joe Biden today signed into law a bill to suspend the U.S. debt ceiling for two years. “If we had failed to reach an agreement on the budget, there were extreme voices threatening to take America, for the first time in our 247-year, into default on our national debt,” Biden said. “Nothing would have been more irresponsible.” Without the legislation, the U.S. would have been in default June 5 and most federal programs would have been affected.
2 June 2023   (U.S.)
The ink wasn’t dry on the latest U.S. budget legislation approved June 1 by Congress after a long and fractious debate when Republican Senators began looking for ways to increase the bill’s $886-billion military envelope. Their tactics include an emergency spending bill which could include tacking other defence priorities onto a Ukraine aid package which Congress is expected to consider this year.
2 June 2023   (CBC)
The RCAF has a clear preference for the Boeing P-8A Poseidon as a replacement for its legacy Lockheed Martin CP-140 Aurora surveillance fleet but Montreal-based Bombardier Aviation was a “fair competition” for the as yet-unfunded program. “They claim they have the best aircraft, so I’m sure they're not afraid to go into competition,” says Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Bombardier's executive VP for aircraft sales and defence.
2 June 2023   (Al Jazeera)
China’s envoy for Eurasian affairs, Li Hui, said today that Ukraine’s allies should stop weapons shipments and focus on negotiating peace with Russia. He acknowledged that there would be “many difficulties” in setting up talks but insisted that “the two sides have not fully shut the door.”
2 June 2023   (Al Jazeera)
The U.S. State Department said June 1 that it will stop notifying Russia about missile and launch locations as required by their moribund 193 nuclear arms treaty and has revoked visas for Russian inspectors and aircrews. It said the decision is a “countermeasure” to Russian “violations” of the accord.