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 & Defence Briefings.

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The CDA Institute is pleased to announce a Roundtable with Dr. Tim Goddard, Professor of Education at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). Join us for an event discussing Canada’s engagement in Afghanistan, reflecting on conflict, development, and education. 

In the summer of 2016, the administration of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Pension Plans for active members will be transferred to the Government of Canada Pension Centre at Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). Press release. CANFORGEN et Annuitant Communiqué.


rsz 20 april 2016 sdcoverSecurity and Defence Briefing (2–2016) – From the Desk of the Chief Executive Officer: Our latest Security and Defence Briefing (2–2016) is now available. We are pleased to repost Tony Battista’s From the Desk of the Chief Executive Officer column.

Japan’s Izumo-Class Helicopter Destroyer: An aircraft carrier in disguise: Matthew Gamble recently wrote an article on Japan’s helicopter carriers with the Centre for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC). We are pleased to have permission from CIMSEC to repost the article on our Blog: The Forum, thanks to a content-sharing arrangement between both organizations.

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CDA Institute Analysis – “A Defence Review? Not Really Necessary: But if Canada necessarily must…”: In this new CDA Institute Analysis, Joel Sokolsky and Joseph Jockel look at what the new government should keep in mind and what it should avoid as it proceeds with the defence policy review.

The Political Dynamics of Security in Fragile States: CDA Institute guest contributor Erwin van Veen, a research fellow with the Conflict Research Unit at Clingendael (Netherlands Institute of International Relations), looks at security sector reform (SSR) interventions in fragile states.


Ottawa réfléchit à sa participation au bouclier antimissile (La Presse): David McDonough, directeur de la recherche à l’Institut de la CAD, pense que le Canada doit participer au bouclier antimissile américain comme membre du Commandement de la défense aérospatiale de l’Amérique du Nord (NORAD).

U.S. shifts troops in the Sinai Peninsula after attacks by militants (Los Angeles Times): The United States has shifted more than 100 US soldiers from a desert camp near the Egypt-Israeli border in the Sinai Peninsula after attacks by militants linked to Islamic State. This follows consideration by the White House about scaling back the 700 US troop commitment and relying instead on remote sensors to monitor the border.

Ottawa prié d’ouvrir un centre de formation sur les opérations de paix (La Presse) : Canadem demande au gouvernement fédéral d’ouvrir un nouveau centre de formation sur les opérations de maintien de la paix trois ans après la fermeture de la première école spécialisée sur le sujet.

Korean War vets service to be recognized in Seoul (Windsor Star): Canadian Korean War veterans Bernard Cote and Henry Martinak are traveling a 10,000-kilometre journey to Seoul, South Korea to commemorate the 65th anniversary the Battle of Kapyong, one of Canada’s most significant military contributions.

Saudi arms deal approval was illegal, lawyer argues (Toronto Star): A group of lawyers have made a new submission to the Federal Court, arguing that the Liberal-approved export permits to ship light armoured vehicles (LAVs) to Saudi Arabia should be declared illegal.

Canada’s spies closely watching quantum tech developments (Toronto Star): According to a document acquired by the Toronto Star, Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) is working on ways to defend government systems from the “impending threat” of quantum computing. CSEC has warned about the possibility that emerging quantum technology could “easily break” today’s strongest methods of protecting electronic information.

Toronto-area men may commit terrorism unless peace bond imposed: RCMP (National Post): The Royal Canadian Mounted Police alleged in documents released Thursday that two men – Kadir Abdul and Samuel Augustin Aviles – may “travel to participate” in terrorism unless their conduct is restricted through peace bonds. Both men were arrested after returning to Toronto from Turkey.

Border security: hundreds detained in 1st month of new screening measures (CBC News): Canadian border security agents are identifying and detaining more people with outstanding arrest warrants at Canadian border crossings. This follows changes in their security screening measures. Officer who work on the front lines of Canada’s borders were given access to police information late last year.

Canada defenceless against missile attack, but no ‘specific’ threats known: NORAD general (National Post): A Canadian senior military commander responsible for protecting against airborne threats to North American, Lt.-Gen. Pierre St. Amand, says Canada would not be shielded from a ballistic missile attack.

À la défense de l’Arabie saoudite (La Presse) : Ferry de Kerckhove, un membre du conseil d’administration de l’Institut de la CAD, défend la vente des véhicules blindés par le Canada à l’Arabie saoudite.

Canada risks global irrelevance with smaller military (Globe and Mail): CDA Institute Board Member George Petrolekas challenges the view that Canada can make do with “a greatly reduced armed forces; reduced in size, reduced in roles and reduced in reach.”

DNP JETS 2 – Beyond stealth: What sensor fusion means for Canada’s ally commitments (iPolitics): Richard Shimooka, a research fellow with the CDA Institute, is quoted in an article exploring one of the key benefits of the F-35: its “advanced sensor fusion system.” As he notes, “It’s definitely a major sea change in how they are conducting aerial operations, specifically what’s called sensor fusion … that’s going to have major reverberations in the future.”

Operation Nunalivut 2016 is currently underway in Canada’s Arctic. In Resolute, Nunavut, more than 230 Canadian Armed Forces personnel are working to improve their survival and patrolling skills. U.S. troops are also contributing to the operation. Both sides are sharing knowledge about Arctic military operations.

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