Certification and Settlement Regarding the Canadian Armed Forces

November 25, 2019 – The Federal Court (which as concealed the name(s) of the judiciary involved) approved a settlement regarding class action lawsuits initiated by seven former members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for current and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces as well as current and former employees of the Department of National Defence (DND) and Staff of the Non-Public Funds, Canadian Forces, who experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault or discrimination based on sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation (“Sexual Misconduct“) in connection with their military…

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The Role of the Arctic in Chinese Naval Strategy

In her recent China Brief article, Dr. Anne-Marie Brady examined the prospect of China deploying military power to the Arctic (China Brief, December 10). Applying the methods she used in her pathbreaking 2017 book, Brady draws from authoritative Chinese sources to demonstrate the growing importance of the Arctic in China’s strategic calculus. [1] She also cites a host of other indications that Beijing intends to send naval forces—especially submarines—north through the Bering Strait. Her research provides important context for an oracular 2019 U.S. Department of Defense claim that China could be laying the foundation…

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How Laser Weapons are Changing the Defense Equation

Directed Energy and Laser Weapon Systems Offer Power and Flexibility in an Age of Tech-driven Warfare. In 2017, a U.S. military ally detected an unusual threat: a small quadcopter drone—the kind anyone can buy online for $200—was approaching. A $3 million Patriot missile was fired to take it down, eliminating the threat, but at a disproportionate cost. The incident highlights an issue armed forces worldwide face today: What is the best defense against a new generation of weapons? With rapidly changing technology, warfare is evolving along similar lines around the…

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2020 Snowbirds Schedule

Date Location June 6 – 7 Selfridge AFB, Michigan, USA* 10 North Bay, Ontario* 13 – 14 Borden, Ontario 17 Thompson, Manitoba 20 – 21 Portage la Prairie, Manitoba 24 Saint-Georges, Quebec 27 – 28 Waterloo, Ontario July 1 Canada Day, Ottawa, Ontario 4 – 5 Pierre, South Dakota, USA 11 – 12 Yellowknife, Northwest Territories 15 Whitehorse, Yukon 18 – 19 Cold Lake, Alberta 23 – 26 Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA 29 Vancouver, British Columbia August 1 – 2 Lethbridge, Alberta 5 Rocky Mountain House, Alberta 7 – 9 Abbotsford, British…

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Without MUSI Membership, is the RCN Uninterested in Undersea Warfare?

December 12, 2019 – Sadly, the Royal Canadian Navy, which used to take great pride in the ability, no longer appears interested in undersea warfare such as minesweeping, a capability lacking since 1964. Most of the major NATO members belong to this prestigious group. More than 230 representatives from Allied nations, NATO staffs and the defense industry gathered at NATO headquarters for a three day symposium (4-5 December 2019) to address the latest trends in unmanned underwater warfare. Organized by NATO’s Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative – or MUSI – experts…

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Rolls-Royce and Robert Allan present the world’s first LNG-powered shallow-water push boat

December 10, 2019 – Rolls-Royce and Canadian vessel designers Robert Allan have developed the world’s first shallow-water push boat powered by LNG natural gas engines. At the International Workboat Show in New Orleans, classification society DNV GL gave its “Approval in Principle” to the new design. Powered by two MTU 8V4000M55RN natural gas engines from Rolls-Royce and designed for use on inland waterways, the push boat is more cost-effective to operate, and produces less pollutants and climate-unfriendly exhaust gases than vessels with conventional propulsion systems. Rolls-Royce and Robert Allan collaborated…

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NATO Issues London Declaration

Issued by the Heads of State and Government participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in London 3-4 December 2019 Today, we gather in London, NATO’s first home, to celebrate seventy years of the strongest and most successful Alliance in history, and mark the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain. NATO guarantees the security of our territory and our one billion citizens, our freedom, and the values we share, including democracy, individual liberty, human rights, and the rule of law. Solidarity, unity, and cohesion are…

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