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NATO and the European Union deepen cooperation on cyber defense

Senior officials from the European Union met their counterparts at NATO Headquarters today (8 December) to take stock of current efforts and discuss new areas for cooperation on cyber defense. “We reviewed our progress on enhancing information exchange, training and education, and exercises, while identifying new areas where more can be done – such as the sharing of best practice on crisis management and response,” stated Dr. Jamie Shea, NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges. The officials discussed recent developments related to NATO’s Cyber Defence Pledge and…

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Launch of the First Large Vessel Designed and Built Under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy

Seaspan Shipyards today celebrated the launch of the first large vessel to be designed and built under the Government of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) – CCGS Sir John Franklin, the first of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSV) December 8th. In 2011, the Government of Canada competitively selected Seaspan to be its Non-Combat Shipbuilder as part of the NSS program. Under the NSS, Seaspan will build and deliver non-combat vessels at the company’s state-of-the-art facility in North Vancouver for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and Royal Canadian Navy. OFSV1…

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Boeing statement on the Canadian Interim Fighter Capability Project and free and fair competition

We have read reports that the Government of Canada is choosing to purchase used F/A-18 Classic Hornets from the Royal Australian Air Force in lieu of new Super Hornet fighter jets. The Boeing Company respects the Canadian government’s decision and applauds the government’s continued use of a two engine fighter solution, which is a critical part of their northern Arctic border defense, NORAD cooperation, and coast to coast to coast security. Although we will not have the opportunity to grow our supply base, industrial partnerships and jobs in Canada the…

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Alion Finally Announced CSC Bid

Alion Science and Technology, along with its subsidiary Alion Canada, is pleased to confirm that it submitted a proposal for the Canadian Surface Combatant program on November 30. “Our solution delivers an effective, affordable, production-ready 21st century naval capability to meet Canada’s defence needs,” said Bruce Samuelsen, Chief Operating Officer for Alion. “Underlying the Alion offering is an unrelenting focus on affordability, risk reduction and Canadian content, grounded in nearly 50 years of experience designing and producing combatants. We feel confident this ship provides a secure and supportive foundation for…

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New Fire Truck for CFB Esquimalt

Today, in support of this commitment, Member of Parliament Neil Ellis announced on behalf of Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan that 8 Wing Trenton is the first location to take possession of the new fire trucks. Known as the Aerial Fire Fighting Vehicle (AFFV) these modern trucks provide fire fighting capabilities, rescue and casualty evacuation to a height of 35 meters. They feature a casualty recovery platform that previous vehicles didn’t have. The vehicles were procured to fight fires on modern infrastructure found on Bases and Wings including fires in ammunition…

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NATO Ministers affirm support for Georgia

NATO Foreign Ministers reaffirmed their practical and political support for Georgia today (Wednesday 6 December) as well as their commitment to Georgia’s eventual membership of the Alliance. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed gratitude for Georgia’s many contributions to Euro-Atlantic security. “Especially the service of the highly-skilled men and women of the Georgian military, many of whom have served in Afghanistan, where Georgia is the largest non-NATO contributor to our Resolute Support training mission.” Ministers discussed ongoing NATO-Georgia cooperation, including the planning of a joint military exercise, planned for 2019. “We…

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NATO Foreign Ministers prepare for the Brussels Summit

NATO Foreign Ministers are meeting today (5 December 2017) to begin two days of talks on NATO’s adaptation ahead of the Brussels Summit next July. “I expect we will agree to take NATO-EU cooperation to a new level,” said Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Ministers will also discuss global security challenges, including North Korea, and NATO’s role in projecting stability beyond its borders. Allies will also hold a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission, to review the security situation, Georgia’s reform progress and areas for further cooperation.

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