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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Canada’s Defence Policy Review: Looking forward rather than mythologising the past: CDA Institute guest contributor Zachary Wolfraim, a PhD candidate at King’s College London, warns against mythologizing the past in Canada’s defence policy review.

Fortress Canada: How much of a military do we really need?: CDA Institute Research Manager and Senior Editor David McDonough and CEO Tony Battista have an op-​ed in iPolitics exploring Canadian defence requirements and possible trade-offs. We are pleased to have permission to repost the op-​ed on our Blog: The Forum.

La Victoire DCNS: now the work begins: Andrew Davies recently wrote a blog post on Australia’s decision to choose France’s DCNS as the design partner for the country’s 12 submarines on the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s The Strategist Blog. We are pleased to have permission to repost the op-​ed on our Blog: The Forum.


Would the U.S. shield us from a missile strike? Maybe not (iPolitics): David S. McDonough, Research Manager and Senior Editor at the CDA Institute, explores Canada’s possible role in ballistic missile defence. McDonough suggests greater Canadian investment and participation in the program would strengthen our defence cooperation with the United States and better guarantee our protection in the event of a missile attack.

Canadian Forces could move military test facility from Alberta to Ottawa area (Ottawa Citizen): In an effort to cut cost, the Canadian Forces is looking to revamp its Alberta-based aerospace test facilities. The options include transferring some of its work to private industry or moving the facility to Ottawa.

Liberals brainstorming on how Canada can return to UN peacekeeping (The Star): A closed-door meeting that took place in January 2016 brought together representatives from Global Affairs Canada, leading diplomats, academics, and former United Nations peacekeeping officials. The participants discussed ways Canada can refresh their contributions to the United Nations.

Des bureaucrates ont freiné les ambitions militaires des conservateurs (La Presse) : Des documents obtenus par La Presse Canadienne en vertu de la Loi sur l’accès à l’information démontrent que la bureaucratie de la Défense nationale a contribué à saborder deux tentatives du gouvernement Harper de faire l’acquisition d’un ravitailleur héli plateforme au cours des dernières années.

Canadian defence minister urges B.C. youth to choose military over gangs (Globe and Mail): Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, who saw combat as a soldier and investigated gangs as a Vancouver police officer, is urging youth tempted to join gangs linked to a wave of shootings in B.C.’s second-largest city to sign up with the military instead.

Canadian Military paralyzed by “Risk Intolerance” (The Star): Retired Vice-Admiral Bruce Donaldson warns that the new Liberal strategy of public consultation runs the risk of slowing down decision-making on defence procurement.

Canada’s special forces play vital role in helping peshmerga troops battle Daesh in Iraq (The Star): Canadian Special Forces conduct specialized training exercises in Northern Iraq, helping Peshmerga troops combat Daesh throughout the province.

Bureaucrats gave Liberals different view on F-35 jets immediately after election (The Star): Documents reveal incoming Liberal government still tabled plans to replace CF-18 jets with more expensive models.

Le Canada respectera le protocole contre la torture des Nations unies (La Presse) : Le Canada est prêt à ajouter son nom à une important traité contre la torture plus d’une décennie après son adoption par les Nations unies.

Vétérans: un règlement à l’amiable avec Ottawa imminent (La Presse) : Le gouvernement Trudeau prépare une «lettre de garanties» pour tenter de régler à l’amiable l’action collective intentée par d’anciens combattants en Afghanistan au sujet de la réforme apportée il y a 10 ans à leurs prestations.

Charity changes education program after soldier’s children denied scholarships (Globe and Mail): An influential military-focused charity that denied scholarships to two children of an infantry officer who took his own life after deploying to Afghanistan announced that it is expanding the scope of its education program.

Military jail safeguards failed to prevent soldier’s suicide, inquiry hears (Globe and Mail): A provincial fatality inquiry began on Monday following the Corporal Shaun Collin’s suicide in an Edmonton military cell.

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