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rsz macnamara analysis may 2016coverThe CDA Institute is pleased to announce a Roundtable with LGen Mike Day (Ret’d) on 25 May 2016 at 1030 to 1300 hrs. Join us for an event discussing “Defence Policy Review Considerations: Thoughts on Future Conflict and its impact on DND/​CAF.” 

Read the latest CDA Institute Analysis: “National Security and Government Responsibility: Towards a Comprehensive National Security Strategy,” by Don Macnamara

The Annual Bravo Zulu Dinner Gala will be held at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, June 16th. Hosted by media personality Rod Black, the Gala will be attended by the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jonathan Vance, and raises funds for Forces@WORK, a proven initiative that helps transitioning Canadian Armed Forces members, including the ill and injured, find rewarding civilian careers. For further information, please contact: Peter Hart, President PLH & Associates Ltd., at 905-729-8944 or via email at peter@plhmanagement.ca.


CDA Institute Analysis – “National Security and Government Responsibility: Towards a Comprehensive National Security Strategy”: In this new CDA Institute Analysis, Don Macnamara looks at what the new government should keep in mind and what it should avoid as it proceeds with the defence policy review. The following is an excerpt of the Analysis.


NATO vs. Putin sabre-rattling raises Cold War concerns (CBC News): Analysts fear the massive NATO training exercise and defence summit taking place in Poland this summer will provoke an aggressive reaction from Russia.

Collège militaire de Saint-Jean: oui au statut universitaire (La Presse) : Le gouvernement Trudeau a la ferme intention de redonner au Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (CMRSJ) le statut d’institution universitaire. Il ne reste que certains détails à régler.

Details of how Canadian special forces helped stop an ISIS offensive released (The Star): Exclusive interview emerges outlining how Canadian special forces operatives helped hold the Peshmerga line following a massive Daesh (another term for the Islamic State) attack in December.

Royal Regiment of Canada to mark Freedom of the City on Sunday in Toronto (The Ottawa Citizen): The Royal Regiment of Canada to parade through Toronto Sunday at noon as part of the Regiment’s Freedom of the City ceremony.

RCAF report states push for more military pilots factor in 2014 Moose Jaw crash (CBC News): Recent analysis put out by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) states a heavy push to recruit more pilots resulted in less training and unsafe conditions which led to the crash.

With a defence review underway the Royal Canadian Navy stands by its submarines (The Ottawa Citizen): With the defence review under way, there are suspicions that Canada’s Victoria-class submarine fleet will be affected by reductions to save money. Royal Canadian Navy commander Vice-Admiral Mark Norman believes there should be a debate about the role of Canada’s submarines but from a maritime security and capability perspective.

Ralph Goodale announces national security oversight committee coming by summer (CBC News): The Public Safety minister has announced a series of consultations to take place this summer in hopes of drafting new security-related legislation.

Reductions in flying missions contributed to crash of Canadian Forces training aircraft, says report (The Ottawa Citizen): The flight safety investigation report into a 24 January 2014 accident concluded that reduction in flying missions contributed to crash.

Denmark picks F-35 in historic jet purchase (The Local): Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, announced Thursday that the nation’s fleet is going to be equipped with 27 new F-35A Lightning II jets, also known as Joint Strike Fighters. Lockheed Martin’s F-35 was chosen over Boeing’s Super Hornet, the other contender for the Danish contract.

F-35 Program Chief Speaks at Defense Programs Conference (Defense Programs Conference): US Air Force Lieutenant-General Christopher C. Bogdan, program executive officer for the F-35 Lightning II joint program office, spoke at the FY2017 Defense Programs conference in Washington, D.C., 10 March 2016.

Canada looks at military contribution to Mali as its UN mission participation drops (The Ottawa Citizen): Canada’s rank in contributions to peace operations has now fallen to an all-time low (77th), says Walter Dorn, a professor at the
Royal Military College of Canada and the Canadian Forces College.

Les priorités économiques ne dicteront plus l’aide international (Le Devoir) : Les intérêts économiques ne seront pas le premier critère du développement, dit Marie-Claude Bibeau, la ministre du Développement international.

Ottawa ne s’engage pas à doubler ses dépenses militaires (La Presse) : Pendant sa visite à Washington, le ministre de la Défense, Harjit Sajjan, a exprimé son scepticisme à propos de la pertinence du critère d’investir 2% du produit intérieur brut dans les services militaires.

Canada must ‘stick to its word’ on Saudi arms deal, Trudeau says (The Globe and Mail): Canada must uphold its reputation by honouring its business commitments on Saudi arms deal.

Discharge rule for disabled soldiers must stay in place, general says (The Globe and Mail): As “gut-wrenching” as it seems, the universality of service rule must prevail, says Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance. All members must be physically and mentally able to deploy anywhere, at any time.

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