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.


The CDA Institute is pleased to announce a Roundtable with Brigadier-General Matthew Overton on 6 June 2016 at 1030 to 1300 hrs. Join us for an event discussing “Postcard from Great Britain: London, the EU and the World.”

The CDA Institute is pleased to release its latest CDA Institute Analysis, “The Canadian Armed Forces and the Arctic: Maintaining a Suitable and Sustainable Role,” by Adam MacDonald.


CDA Institute Analysis – “The Canadian Armed Forces and the Arctic: Maintaining a Suitable and Sustainable Role: In this new CDA Institute Analysis, Adam MacDonald looks at the military requirements for Canada in the Arctic, concluding that the capabilities need to be suitable for the security environment and financially sustainable given other defence commitments.

“CDA & CDA Institute Special Event – Defence Policy Review” – Written Statement by Charles Davies: The CDA and CDA Institute hosted a Defence Policy Review special event on May 11, 2016. The following is CDA Institute Research Fellow Charles Davies’s written statement, titled “Perspectives on Developing Defence Policy.”

Step One: Define the Defence Problem: CDA Institute Research Fellow Jim Cox offers his thoughts on first steps on how Canada should formulate its defence policy.

“CDA & CDA Institute Special Event – Defence Policy Review” – Opening Remarks by Kim Richard Nossal: The CDA and CDA Institute hosted a Defence Policy Review special event on May 11, 2016. The following is the opening remarks by Kim Richard Nossal.


Navy says that incident in North Atlantic last fall proves Canada needs submarines (The Star): Rear-Admiral John Newton, commander of the East Coast navy, provided details around an incident in 2015 where Canadian and NATO allies deterred an incursion of Russian submarines in the waters surrounding Greenland.

Canadian initiative against ransom payments passes at G7 summit (Edmonton Journal): Prime Minister Trudeau succeeded in persuading world leaders to agree to the Canadian initiative preventing the paying of ransoms to terrorist organizations.

AETE tests new parachute for CT-114 Tutor (Cold Lake Sun): For the first time in 10 years, the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) tested a modernized parachute that could be used in the CT-114 Tutor aircraft flown by the Snowbird team.

RCAF hosts Maple Flag training exercise at Cold Lake (Cold Lake Sun): The annual air force exercise brings together allied forces to train together on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range. It will include activities such as air-to-air and air-to-surface operations, air-to-air refueling, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Montreal D-Day pilot returns to France for Legion of Honour award (CBC News): Former Typhoon Pilot Dr. Peter Roper, 93, is set to attend what he says may be his last trip to France to receive the prestigious Legion of Honour award for his efforts in the Second World War.

Dutch F-35 jets touch down for European air show debut (AFP News): Two US-assembled F-35A fighter jets destined for the Dutch air force have landed for the first time in northern Europe, ahead of the stealth plane’s continental air show debut over the summer.

Trudeau plaide pour la fin des rançons aux groupes terroristes (La Presse Canadienne) : Le premier ministre Justin Trudeau profitera du sommet du G7 pour plaider en faveur de la fin du paiement de rançons pour la libération de citoyens enlevés par des groupes terroristes.

Canadians won’t see price tag for navy frigate replacement until 2019 (CBC News): The total price for the navy’s frigate replacements — the largest, most complex military purchase in the country’s history — will not be announced until the contract is signed, said Procurement Minister Judy Foote.

ISIS threat making Sinai peacekeeping mission less ‘viable,’ says Gen. Vance (CBC News): With the growing influence of ISIS, the Sinai peacekeeping mission becomes violent.

Canadian Army units to begin receiving TAPV in the summer (Ottawa Citizen): The first Technical Armoured Patrol Vehicles (TAPV) are scheduled to be delivered in the summer. No specific date has been announced yet.

Vance expects Canadian military to become more involved in peacekeeping (Ottawa Citizen): Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jon Vance made a speech at the annual CANSEC military trade show, where he stated his expectation that the Canadian military will be undertaking more peacekeeping operations in the future.

Oshkosh wins challenge on Canadian Forces trucks – government required to revisit evaluation (Ottawa Citizen): The Canadian International Trade Tribunal ruled in favour of Oshkosh Defense Canada, Inc. regarding its legal challenge to the Medium Support Vehicle System’s Standard Military Pattern (SMP) contract award decision.

Protesters target CANSEC 2016 (Ottawa Citizen): Homes not Bombs, which calls itself a “nonviolent direct action group,” held two demonstrations in opposition to Canada’s largest annual military trade show, CANSEC16 on Tuesday, May 24.

Taxpayers could be on hook for bill after trade ruling questions $834M army truck contract (Ottawa Citizen): A federal trade tribunal has raised questions about the government’s handling of a military procurement project to buy desperately needed trucks for the army.

Ottawa verse 274 millions aux Nations unies (Le Devoir) : Marie-Claude Bibeau, la ministre fédérale du Développement international, a annoncé une contribution canadienne de 274 millions de dollars.

Ottawa ne ferme pas la porte à une intervention militaire en Libye (La Presse) : Le chef d’état-major de la Défense du Canada a déclaré qu’une intervention militaire en Libye n’était pas inévitable, mais il révise activement ses options pour pouvoir conseiller le gouvernement si cela devait se produire.

National Research Council highlights development of new autopilot for Victoria-class subs ( “The Canadian Armed Forces and the Arctic: Maintaining a Suitable and Sustainable Role,”): The Royal Canadian Navy’s four Victoria Class submarines to be equipped with a state-of-the-art autopilot control system designed and developed in Canada.

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