Rapid Ukrainian tank training expected

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. [node:read-more:link]

Marine mammals impacted by noise

As the Canadian military plans to resume weapons testing in an area off the southern tip of Vancouver Island after a three-year hiatus, British research shows increased ambient noise levels are forcing dolphins to “shout” to hear each other. Also, the European Commission has found that underwater noise levels have doubled every decade in the last 60 years, mainly due to increased shipping. [node:read-more:link]

B.C. weapons training to resume

After a three-year hiatus to study the effects on marine mammals of weapons training at the southwestern tip of Vancouver Island, the Canadian Armed Forces plans to resume the program. It cites a Toronto-based engineering company’s study which concluded that current measures to mitigate harmful effects of surface and aerial gunnery in the Strait of Juan de Fuca are effective. [node:read-more:link]

Australia extraditing U.S. pilot

Australia has approved a U.S. request to extradite a Marine Corps veteran for allegedly training Chinese pilots on a former USMC aircraft at a South African flight school more than a decade ago. Arrested in October, Daniel Duggan is accused of conspiracy and violating U.S. arms control laws for helping the school to acquire a 1950s USMC trainer jet retired in 2008. [node:read-more:link]

More allied training likely?

Russia’s war in Ukraine is putting added pressure on the U.S. and its allies to take a harder look at joint training. The renewed focus is on display this week at the annual Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation & Education Conference in Orlando. “There’s no individual service that is going to own the next fight,” said Caroline Baxter, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Education and Training. “Look at what’s happening in Ukraine: the coalition of countries that are sharing weapons and tools and training tactics and techniques.” [node:read-more:link]

Call for collaborative training

With Russia’s war in Ukraine continuing to challenge NATO, as well as China’s growing global influence, a U.S. Department of Defense official is calling on allies to collaborate on military training. “We are running out of time to rethink, to refresh and to transform in military training,” Caroline Baxter, Deputy Assistant Secretary (Force Education & Training), said December 5. She said the U.S. is planning to modernize its approach by tasking a panel of three-star generals with making battlefield training more multidisciplinary and digitally interconnected. [node:read-more:link]

Operation Unifier extended

The Canadian Armed Forces’ mission to train Ukrainian troops in Britain is being extended until at least the end of 2023. Operational Unifier began in 2015 and today’s announcement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau comes on the heels of the government’s commitment of an additional $500 million in military aid for Ukraine. [node:read-more:link]

Brits oppose Chinese flight training

After it was reported that British ex-military pilots had been involved in training Chinese pilots on tactics against western aircraft, a South African flying school says no classified information was involved. The school, which said the U.K. defence ministry was “fully aware” of the training, evidently was responding to a U.K. defence ministry statement that it was taking “decisive steps” to stop Chinese recruitment. [node:read-more:link]

Former U.S. military pilot detained in Australia

A former U.S. military pilot and flight instructor who worked in China is in custody in Australia, facing extradition to his homeland at the request of the U.S. Attorney General’s office. Department. Arrested October 21, Daniel Edmund Duggan, a former U.S. citizen, was denied bail pending a court hearing in November. [node:read-more:link]

Australia and Japan increase cooperation

Australia and Japan have signed a Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation to share more intelligence and increase military cooperation amidst a growing Chinese presence in the region. Among other things, Prime Ministers Anthony Albanese and Fumio Kishida agreed October 23 to combined military training exercises in northern Australia. [node:read-more:link]

EU steps up support for Ukraine`

The European Union has approved a French-run military training mission for thousands of Ukrainian troops as well as some €500 million for additional weapons procurement. Countries that aren’t part of the bloc will be allowed to take part in the training of 15,000 Ukrainian troops mainly in Poland and Germany. [node:read-more:link]

U.K. blocking Chinese pilot training

Britain is trying to prevent current and former military pilots from being recruited to train Chinese pilots. “We are taking decisive steps to stop Chinese recruitment schemes,” a defence ministry official said today. “All serving and former personnel are already subject to the Official Secrets Act, and we are reviewing the use of confidentiality contracts and non-disclosure agreements across Defence, while the new National Security Bill will create additional tools.” [node:read-more:link]

Combat engineers heading to Poland

Defence Minister Anita Anand announced today in Warsaw that Canada will send “approximately” 40 combat engineers to bolster training in Poland of Ukrainian forces on reconnaissance, explosives, mining and de-mining. She said it would complement other Canadian training support such as the use of the M777 howitzers Canada donated to Ukraine. [node:read-more:link]

Military’s readiness concerns Eyre

General Wayne Eyre, the Chief of the Defence Staff, worries that his forces’ state of readiness might not be able to respond to pressures at home and abroad. “Our national prosperity is underpinned by our ability to defend the rules-based international order,” he said October 3. “But our national prosperity is also underpinned by our ability to fight these disasters at home.” [node:read-more:link]


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