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What’s New at the CDA Institute, 16 March, 2017

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The CDA Institute is pleased to post relevant news, articles, and commentaries on security and defence related issues from the past week.


Panel/​Speaker/​Presentation Videos (CPAC): The videos from our panels, keynote speakers and presentations at the CDA and CDA Institute’s 2017 Ottawa Conference, Canada’s premier security and defence conference.

Audio of Keynote Speakers (Soundcloud): Though the videos of these speeches can be found in the link above,please note that concluding remarks of Lieutenant General Ken Pennie (ret’d) can only be found here in audio form.


NATO: There’s more to burden sharing than 2 percent: CDA Institute Guest Contributor Chris Kilford, a Fellow at the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University, offers his analysis and insight into the complicated area of defence budgeting and allocation, following up on an article by Dr. Craig Stone of the Canadian Forces College.


Canadian defence spending among lowest in NATO despite small increase last year (CBC): Speaking in Brussels, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke on the importance of individual countries expanding their defence capabilities and ability to carry out operations.

National Defence struggling to cut hundreds of millions in waste (CTV): While the Liberal government faces pressure to spend more on the military, National Defence is still working to modify how it spends its funding under the five-​year defence renewal initiative which would redirect funds into training, maintenance and other frontline activities.

Putin hails Russia-​Turkey ties as he hosts Syria talks (Associated Press): Russia and Turkey’s military cooperation is celebrated by Putin and Erdogan in light of brokering cease-​fire talks and joint-​operations against the Islamic State.

Turkey’s determination against Kurds alienates US, Russia (Associated Press): Turkey’s establishment of a military foothold in Northern-​Syria has further strained the delicate US-​Russia relationship in their fight against the Islamic State.

Who and why, twin mysteries behind leak of CIA’s cyber-​tools (Stars and Stripes): This article covers the discussion on the wiki-​leak exposing the CIA’s use of cyber-​tools in combatting security threats.

A cyber-​attack just took down a Canadian government website (National Observer): Discussion of the cyber-​attack that took down Statistics Canada on March 9, leading the Canada Revenue Agency to shut down its tax filing portal over the weekend and accelerating a hunt across government agencies which face similar vulnerabilities.

Matthew Fisher: Canada’s forces deployed in Latvia to include ‘cyber warriors’ to counter Russians (National Post): The Canadian training mission in Latvia has brought to light the ways that the CAF must prepare for the possibility of cyber-​warfare and cyber-​threats emanating from the Kremlin.

La surveillance des espions crée des remous à Ottawa (Le Devoir): La question de comment surveiller les espions est toujours à répondre ici au Canada.

US retires Predator drones after 15 years that changed the ‘war on terror’ (The Guardian): As the United States retires the predator drone program, this article retroactively considers the impact the program has had on unconventional warfare through several Presidential administrations.

Lawmaker Worries Marine Corps Investing Too Heavily In Aviation Over Ground Vehicles (US Naval Institute): This article discusses the combat capability balancing that is needed in such a complex fighting force such as the US Marine Corps or the CAF.

Here’s how the Air Force is fixing the F-35’s moving target problem (Defense News): This article highlights the complexityof the system that is the F-35’s capabilities as national decision-​making processes evolve to solve problems as the program rolls out each capability block.

Troubled waters: Norway keeps watch on Russia’s Arctic maneuvers (The Guardian): Norway’s defence spending and awareness have risen significantly in the wake of Russian influence on their border, and the recent deployment of a rotating force of three-​hundred US military personnel.

Place aux Bérets bleus en Haïti (Le Devoir): L’évolution du mission ONU au Haïti continue. « Non » aux forces militaires, mais « oui encore » aux policiers?

Why Canada has a major role to play in rebuilding Iraq (Maclean’s): In light of the 1.6 billion dollars of aid promised to Iraq last year by the Canadian government, this article points out that our efforts in the country must go past a military standpoint.

The Secretary General’s Annual Report 2016 (NATO): An extremely important reading for everyone and anyone interested in the Canadian security and defence posture.

Matthew Fisher: Super Hornets would make Canada reliant on U.S. jets to defend Arctic, ex-​fighter pilots say (National Post): In addition to the critical letter signed by former Chiefs of the Air Force, others also express doubts about the suitability of the Super Hornet for NORAD duties.

RCAF SAR Tech remembered as a true Canadian (Ottawa Citizen): A reminder that CAF members face risks and the potential for death each day – as do their family members, who are also profoundly affected.

Exclusive: Taiwan says Chinese military threat grows, U.S. regional strategy unclear (Reuters): Reuters provides a pre-​release summary of Taiwan’s Quadrillenial Defence Review which highlights concerns about Chinese and US Strategies in the region.

China, amid growing North Korea threat, calls for renewed nuclear talks (CBC): China continues to show frustration with the North Korean régime, most recently with its call for renewed nuclear talks.

The CDA Institute is pleased to post relevant news, articles, and commentaries on security and defence related issues from the past week.

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