The CDA Institute is pleased to post relevant news, articles, and commentaries on security and defence related issues from the past week. Also look for additional material in our Security and Defence Briefings.


The CDA Institute is pleased to announce a Roundtable with Richard Fadden, Former National Security Advisor for the Prime Minister on 28 June 2016 at 1030 to 1300 hrs. Registration is now open.


Openness, Transparency…and “Interim” Super Hornets?: CDA and CDA Institute CEO Tony Battista and Research Manager and Senior Editor David McDonough comment on the government’s apparent interest in procuring Super Hornets as an interim measure against a perceived capability gap.

The Future of the European Union: A Brexit wrecks it?: CDA Institute Security & Defence Blogger David Law, a Senior Associate/​Fellow at the Security Governance Group/​Centre for Security Governance in Kitchener, offers his thoughts on the possibility of Great Britain leaving the EU.

Super Hornets and the F-​35 Lightning II: Lessons from Denmark: CDA Institute Research Fellow Richard Shimooka wrote an opinion piece in the Ottawa Citizen’s Defence Watch commenting on the government’s apparent plan to purchase Super Hornets as an interim measure. We are pleased to have permission to reprint the article on our Blog: The Forum.

The Case to Merge VAC and DND: CDA Institute Analyst Ryan Olshansky makes the case to merge Veteran Affairs Canada and the Department of National Defence.

A Shining India’s Twilight: The Yoke of Radical Hinduism: CDA Institute Security & Defence Blogger Adnan Qaiser, a political and defence analyst with a distinguished career in the armed forces and international diplomacy, examines factors hindering India’s rise to global prominence.


Government states there is no need for an inquiry into Afghan detainee torture (CBC News): The Federal Liberals who argued for a public inquiry, while in opposition, into the treatment of prisoners during the Afghan war, now say they will not conduct such an investigation.

Defense Policy “Walmart Style”: Canadian Lessons in “not-so-grand” Grand Strategy (Armed Forces and Society): An article by Christian Leuprecht and Joel J. Sokolsky in Armed Forces and Society, published in late 2015, has been listed as one of the top read articles in the internationally-recognized academic journal. As such, it is now free to download for a limited time.

Canada promotes first female combat general (Agence France-Presse): Colonel Jennie Carignan, 47, was promoted to brigadier-general (one star) and put in charge of the Canadian army’s day-to-day operations including training and deployments. She is the first female combat officer in Canadian history to rise to the rank.

Manitoba Métis mark 200 years since the Battle of Seven Oaks (CBC News): This weekend marked the bicentennial anniversary of the famous confrontation which left 21 dead and marked a change in relations with the future province.

Goodale hopes new spy oversight committee will be ‘spontaneous’ with reports (CBC News): Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says he hopes Canada’s new spy watchdog committee will file multiple public reports about its findings and concerns about the country’s covert security and intelligence activities.

Afghan veteran has medals stolen from Quebec home (CBC News): Retired sgt. Marco St-Gelais, who served tours of duty in Bosnia and Afghanistan, is calling for the public’s help in recovering the medals stolen from his home last week.

L’équipe canadienne termine 3e à la compétition Sniper Défense Tri-Service en Grande-Bretagne (45e Nord) : Des militaires de la Force régulière et de la Réserve des Forces armées canadiennes participeront à la prestigieuse compétition de tir opérationnel de la Défense britannique qui aura lieu à Bisley (Royaume-Uni).

CF-18 airframes approaching their age limits as replacement debate rages (CBC News): New data tabled in parliament state that the airframes of Canada’s current fleet of CF-18s is rapidly wearing out. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan also informed the House of Commons that 26 CF-18s have undergone some sort of refurbishment.

Parc de Vimy: la Ville de Montréal souffre d’«amnésie historique» (La Presse) : De nombreuses voix s’insurgent contre le changement de nom du Parc de Vimy à Outremont pour celui de l’ancien premier ministre Jacques Parizeau.

New bill would allow border guards to collect biographic data on those leaving Canada (CBC News): The final stages of the entry-exit agreement that Canada signed under a joint border initiative with the U.S. in 2011 are to be implemented in the near future. One of those steps will include amendments to the Customs Act that would allow border guards to collect biographic information from everyone leaving Canada.

Les entrées et sorties des Canadiens pistés à la frontière (La Presse) : Le gouvernement de Justin Trudeau a déposé mercredi un projet de loi qui permettrait de surveiller les allées et venues de présumés terroristes. La loi proposée fait partie d’un système coordonné d’échanges de renseignements sur l’arrivée et le départ des voyageurs entre le Canada et les États-Unis.

Ottawa owes veterans no ‘duty of care,’ federal lawyers argue in case (Globe and Mail): Justice Department lawyers say that electoral promises of the Liberal government hold no legal weight.

Ottawa rejects decorated 94-year-old veteran’s application for Halifax hospital bed (National post): A decorated 94-year-old war veteran has been once again rejected in his bid to stay in one of 13 beds available at the federally funded Camp Hill Veteran’s Memorial hospital in Halifax.

Despite ongoing F-35 spat, Lockheed has inked a number of sole-sourced DND contracts (Ottawa Citizen): Months before the F-35 controversy unfolded, Lockheed Martin signed a contract with the federal government to provide maintenance support and training for one of the military’s transport plane fleets.

Canada considers European troop commitment as CSIS warns Russia is ‘mobilizing for war’ (CBC News): The government is considering a request to commit hundreds of troops to the Baltic states as a deterrent to Russia’s rising military force.

Canada is ‘vulnerable’ to threats, outgoing commander of navy warns (The Canadian Press): Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, the outgoing head of the navy, says Canada is vulnerable and needs to work even more closely with the United States to improve the maritime security of North America.

Veterans say government is breaking election promises by taking them back to court (Globe and Mail): Wounded veterans would be back in court to fight the federal government’s contention that it has no special obligation to former soldiers. The lawyer of the veterans involved in a lawsuit says the government is braking the promises that helped get it elected.

Peter MacKay regrette que le Canada n’ait pas acheté les F-35 (La Presse) : Peter MacKay a déclaré devant un comité du Sénat que selon lui, les F-35 étaient sans contredit les meilleurs avions pour le Canada.

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