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What’s New at the CDA Institute, 25 January, 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.

Message from the CEO, Tony Battista: This is a very busy time at the Conference of Defence Associations and the CDA Institute. We are pleased to welcome to our small team BGen Matthew Overton (retired), Marie Claire Ouellette, Chris West and Francis Bleeker. Their help in planning and delivering the next Ottawa Conference is amazing. Similarly, the tremendous assistance and support from the CDA Executive, CDA Associations, and the CDA Institute Board of Directors, Council of Advisors, Fellows and all other volunteers is greatly appreciated. Merci de tout coeur!

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South Asia’s Nuclear Apartheid:CDA Institute Security & Defence Blogger Adnan Qaiser, a political and defence analyst with a distinguished career in the armed forces and international diplomacy, investigates the Indo-​Pak nuclear conundrum related to the recent Nuclear Suppliers Group’s (NSG) meeting in Vienna.

Russia, Ukraine, and Donald Trump: CDA Institute Council Advisor Richard Cohen comments on American-​Russian relations in light of the [now] Trump presidency. This is based on his opening remarks during a panel on Ukrainian Armed Forces Day at the Canadian War Museum on 6 December 2016.

Part 1 – The Russo-​American Big Energy Orgy: Big Energy against the Backdrop of the US Elections: CDA Institute Security & Defence Blogger David Law, a Senior Associate/​Fellow at the Security Governance Group/​Centre for Security Governance in Kitchener, offers his analysis on the increasingly-​complex relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin with regard to Big Energy. He explores Rex Tillerson’s — President Trump’s Secretary of State — history as Exxon Mobile’s chief and discusses recent difficulties of the global energy sector. This is Part 1 of a two-​part series.

Part 2 – The Russo-​American Big Energy Orgy: Bringing Big Energy Back: CDA Institute Security & Defence Blogger David Law, a Senior Associate/​Fellow at the Security Governance Group/​Centre for Security Governance in Kitchener, discusses what the global energy sector might look like in the near future. He analyzes various oil-​rich regions, suggesting that a bounce-​back in the Russian and American energy economy is, perhaps, dependent on conflict in the Middle East. This is Part 2 of a two-​part series.

The Gathering Storm: CDA Institute Security & Defence Blogger David Law, a Senior Associate/​Fellow at the Security Governance Group/​Centre for Security Governance in Kitchener, analyzes the factors that are likely to drive the actions of the three key international actors — the United States, Russia, and China — over the coming years. Evoking Churchill’s “Gathering Storm”, he discusses possible scenarios, all of which would inevitably be felt across the globe.


Federal government needs help tackling cyber-​threats, internal report warns (Canadian Security Magezine): An April 2016 federally commissioned report revealed that without help from U.S. government and the private sector, Canada could be at great risk to have its cyber-​security and critical information infrastructure disrupted.

Cyprus talks stumble over questions of security (Politico): At the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, representatives from the U.K., the Greek-​Cypriot (internationally recognized) government and the Turkish-​Cypriot government met in Geneva to discuss a framework for maintaining security in the reunified state, in light of the ending U.N. buffer zone between the Islands differing communities.

Trudeau promotes former general Andrew Leslie to forge closer ties with U.S. (Globe and Mail): In an effort to forge closer ties with the Trump administration, Prime Minister Trudeau has appointed retired lieutenant-​General Andrew Leslie to the cabinet committee on U.S.-Canada relations. Having served in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. Leslie has a relationship with President Trump’s national security advisor Michael Flynn, a former Army lieutenant-​general, and retired Marine general James Mattis, the U.S. Secretary of Defense.

L’Union européenne devra faire bloc ou se désintégrer (Le Devoir): Une perspective européenne sur l’élection de Donald Trump comme président des Ètats-​Unis.

CIA Unveils new rules for collecting information on Americans (Reuters): With updated rules for the “Information age,” the Central Intelligence Agency gave briefing at their headquarters in Langley, Virginia; spelling out the revised rules for collecting, analyzing and storing information on American citizens.

Iraq Military: Troops Have ‘Full Control’ of Eastern Mosul (ABC News): Three months after the beginning of the operation to retake one of Iraq’s most important strategic cities, a leading Iraqi army commander has announced that U.S. backed Iraqi troops have eradicated IS and other militant groups from the Eastern part of Mosul.

Avant de partir en exil, l’ancien président gambien aurait volé des millions de dollars dans les caisses de l’Etat (La Libre): La situation en Gambie très tendue au changement démocratique du President. Le titulaire du poste s’écarte pour permettre à son successeur, Adama Barrow, un arrivée calme, mais non sans controverse.

Exclusive: Pentagon, Lockheed near deal on $9 billion F-​35 contract (Reuters): The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) are close to a deal for the Pentagon’s costliest arms program, the F-​35. Worth almost $9 billion, negotiations are poised to bring the price per fighter-​jet below $100 million for the first time.

New National Security Oversight Committee likely to cost more than any other House or Senate security committees (Hill Times): According to Public Safety documents, the Liberal Party of Canada’s promise to create a National Security Oversight Committee may cost much more than previous programs in its review of the country’s most secret intelligence agencies.

How did the Trident test fail and what did Theresa May know? (The Guardian): In June last year off the coast of Florida, the Royal Navy test-​fired an unarmed Trident II D5 ballistic missile which missed its target off of the coast of West Africa by several thousand miles, heading directly towards the United States.

Trump freezes hiring of many federal workers (Washington Post): “The head of any executive department or agency may exempt from the hiring freeze any positions that it deems necessary to meet national security or public safety responsibilities,” reads the Trump memorandum.

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