Readout of Secretary of Defense’s Meeting With Canadian Minister of National Defence

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and his Canadian counterpart, Minister of National Defence, met in Brussels on March 17, 2022, to discuss their shared commitment to the strength of the NATO alliance and their unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine. Both leaders reaffirmed the close defense relationship…

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Exercise Obangame Express 2022 Set to Begin

Obangame Express (OE22), the largest multinational maritime exercise in Western Africa, will kick off its 11th year with 32 participating nations at an opening ceremony in Dakar, Senegal, Mar. 11, 2022. Sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), OE22 is designed to improve regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness (MDA), information-sharing practices, and tactical interdiction expertise to enhance the collective capabilities of…

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Arctic Council March 3rd Statement on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

“Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the United States condemn Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and note the grave impediments to international cooperation, including in the Arctic, that Russia’s actions have caused. “We remain convinced of the enduring value of the Arctic Council for circumpolar cooperation and reiterate our support for this institution and its work.…

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NATO Begins ASW Exercise Dynamic Manta

NATO’s annual anti-submarine warfare exercise, Dynamic Manta, kicked off on Monday (21 February 2022) off the coast of Sicily. Ships, submarines, as well as aircraft and personnel from nine Allied nations converged in the central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare training. Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States are participating in…

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Canada Joins Six Other Nations in ICE-PPR MOU

December 8, 2020 – The International Cooperative Engagement Program for Polar Research Memorandum of Understanding (ICE-PPR MOU) entered into effect on November 27, 2020. The MOU establishes general provisions that apply across basic research to development, testing and evaluation to improve partners’ capabilities for successful and safe operations in Polar areas. Participating nations include the Department of National Defence of…

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Joint Statement – Five Eyes nations defence ministers

October 16, 2020 – Defence Secretary Ben Wallace yesterday evening took part in a videoconference of defense ministers from the Five Eyes nations, chaired by Canada’s Minister of National Defence. Mr Wallace joined defense ministers from Australia, Canada, and the United States. New Zealand were represented by a senior official, due to the ongoing New Zealand general election. Ministers highlighted…

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BALTOPS 20 Concludes

June 16, 2020 – Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) concludes Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 20, the premiere annual maritime-focused U.S. European Command exercise in the Baltic region, June 16. BALTOPS is an annual maritime exercise, designed to enhance interoperability, flexibility, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic region. Twenty-eight air and 28 maritime…

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