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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27 January 2023   (AP)
A former U.S. Army reservist has been sentenced by a Chicago court to eight years in prison for spying for China by collecting information on aerospace scientists and engineers. Ji Chaoqun, 31, enlisted through a program to recruit foreigners who have skills considered vital to the national interest; he was convicted of falsifying answers on a government background form.
27 January 2023   (AP/EuroNews)
Nuclear nonproliferation experts have suggested for months Iran had enough highly-enriched uranium to build at least one weapon and now the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency says the stockpile is larger than thought. He said January 24 that while “we need to be extremely careful” in describing the program Iran insists is for peaceful purposes, “they have amassed enough nuclear material for several nuclear weapons, not one at this point.”
27 January 2023   (CTV)
When Russia invaded Ukraine 11 months ago, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his country needed fighters, including foreigners. Canadians were among the earliest to heed the call, alone or in groups, and the Ukrainian Foreign Legion said a short while later that they were “one of the most numerous nationalities” in its ranks. Several have died in combat but the federal government says it is not monitoring anyone going to Ukraine.
26 January 2023   (Defense News)
The rush by European allies to shore up Ukrainian defences, thereby depleting their own materiel, contributed significantly to a 49 per cent jump in U.S. military sales to foreign governments last year. The State Department says the total value was US$51.9 billion, excluding direct commercial sales which rose by a similar percentage to $153.7 billion.
25 January 2023   (Moscow Times)
Today’s announcements that Germany, Poland and the U.S. as well as other NATO members would be sending up to 88 main battle tanks to Ukraine yielded a predictable initial response from Russia. “This extremely dangerous decision takes the conflict to a new level of confrontation,” said its envoy in Germany, Sergei Nechayev, warning that it would lead to “the death of not only Russian soldiers, but also the civilian population.” He also said Ukraine’s allies are “not interested in a diplomatic solution.”
25 January 2023   (Defense News)
Nearly six weeks after halting deliveries of new F-35 fighters, Lockheed Martin CEO Jim Taiclet says the company is awaiting results of an investigation of a December 15 mishap before resuming acceptance flights and deliveries. While the pause was a factor in an F-35 sales decline at loss of some US$310 million, the company’s aeronautics division had nearly US$27 billion in net sales in 2022, up $239 million from 2021.
25 January 2023   (Reuters)
After months of internal debate and under pressure from many allies which use its Leopard 2 main battle tanks, the German government agreed today to send an initial 14, paving the way for other countries, including Canada, to do likewise. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked Chancellor Olaf Scholz for his “important and timely decisions” on the tanks and other weapons, saying they are a “green light for partners” to follow suit.
25 January 2023   (Politico)
President Joe Biden announced today that the U.S. will send a battalion of 31 M1 Abrams main battle tanks to Ukraine. However, they are not expected to arrive for months as the Pentago addresses challenges in providing the equipment, fuel and training to operate the 70-ton vehicles which, unlike other diesel-powered MTBs, are powered by gas turbines.
25 January 2023   (Breaking Defense)
A senior Swedish official said today that the government, which has 120 Leopard 2 main battle tanks, has not decided whether to give any to Ukraine. “We are, politically, open to support with all types of capabilities but tanks have not yet been on the plate,” the official said. “We have made a substantial contribution . . . and of course that gives challenges but also opportunities” for Swedish defence modernization. “We . . . cannot give away stuff without refilling our own equipment reserves”
25 January 2023   (CTV)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today that he has invited premiers to Ottawa for a February 7 “working meeting” he hopes will address country-wide health care funding problems. The federal government also is looking for a national accord on data and health information as well as long-term deals which would include specific metrics relevant to individual provincial and territorial needs.
24 January 2023   (National Post)
The legal and safety implications of a Federal Court order to the government to repatriate four alleged Canadian members of ISIS are quickly becoming an issue for debate at home. The Ottawa lawyer who represented the men and other Syrian-held captives says the government can prosecute them if they’re held responsible for terrorist activitities but a former CSIS officer says an effective prosecution needs evidence and witnesses in Syria. Moreover, says Phil Gurski, “the supporters of these men and women have portrayed them as victims that need to be rescued.”
24 January 2023   (Breaking Defense)
New tank training programs in Poland could get the Ukrainian army ready to operate Leopard 2 main battle tanks in as few as six weeks due to their experience thousands of Ukrainians have built up in combat with their own and captured Russian armour. That could position Ukraine for a spring counteroffensive against Russian invaders a year into their war.

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