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.


rsz vimy paper mcdonoughcoverWe are pleased to release Vimy Paper 31: “Canada, NORAD, and Missile Defence: Prospects for Canadian Participation in BMD” by David McDonough


Would the U.S shield us from a missile strike? Maybe not: CDA Institute Research Manager and Senior Editor David McDonough wrote an op-​ed in iPolitics exploring the prospect for Canadian participation in missile defence, based on his recently released Vimy Paper. We are pleased to have permission to repost it on our Blog.


Canada’s special forces face the risk of gas attacks in Iraq (The Star): Canadian troops training Peshmerga forces to combat Islamic State are preparing for the possibility of dealing with a chemical attack.

No-fly list sharing with U.S. sparks concerns about children caught in web (CTV News): Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale promises to investigate issues of false security-list matches following the broadening of air security measures.

Iran test-fires ballistic missile, latest after nuclear deal (AP News): Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported the test of a ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km was recently carried out; the latest of a series of tests following the nuclear deal with the United States.

North Korea claims it will not use nuclear arms unless attacked (CBC News): In a state televised speech, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has stated his country will not use nuclear weapons against another state unless its sovereignty is threatened.

Russia offers to help fight Fort McMurray fire (CTV News): The Trudeau government is currently reviewing an offer from the Russian minister of emergency measures to lend water bombers and specialists to help combat the Alberta wildfire.

DND employees won’t have to work in the dark at NDHQ (Ottawa Citizen): The Canadian military will rely on other communication sites during the planned maintenance of the Department of National Defense.

Trudeau names Daniel Jean new national security advisor (iPolitics): The current deputy minister of foreign affairs set to officially take over the critical role of national security advisor on May 16th.

Feds ratchet up funds for Fort McMurray and deploy aircraft: ‘We will get through this tragedy together’ (Ottawa Citizen): Four helicopters and a search-and-rescue plane are sent to Alberta in response to the wildfires. The Canadian Army is also standing by ready to help.

Harjit Sajjan pushes for reconciliation in post-Daesh Mosul (The Star): Defence ministers from countries fighting Islamic State militants, including Canada’s Harjit Sajjan, call for political reconciliation of Iraq’s fractured leadership to prevent sectarian rivals and Kurdish nationalists from turning on each other once Mosul is free.

CF-18 commander describes ‘having to take lives’ in ISIS bombing mission (CBCNews): Lt.-Col. David Moar, a CF-18 commander who flew airstrike missions against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, provides a detailed account of operations.

Le Canada respectera le protocole contre la torture des Nations unies (La Presse) : Le protocole contre la torture était adopté il y a dix ans. Le Canada est prêt à ajouter son nom à ce traité important.

Iraq’s political chaos makes Canada’s war there trickier: Walkom (The Star): Factions within the country and the chaotic politics bedeviling Iraq make Canada’s newly expanded ground role in the Iraq War dangerous.

François Hollande préside la dernière commémoration du 8 mai de son quinquennat (La Presse) : Les commémorations du 8 mai, qui marquent la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, avait lieu à Paris. Le président français François Hollande a présidé la cérémonie pour la dernière fois de son quinquennat.

Kremlin to NATO: Resurgent Russia not a threat, but will defend its interests (Thomson Reuters News): Responding to NATO comments on the need to beef up the alliance’s forces in Europe the Kremlin stated that Russia would defend its national interests.

U.S., allies agree to do more to combat Islamic State (Thomson Reuters News): Washington and its allies had agreed to do more in their campaign to defeat Islamic State, says U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter. However, more risks lay ahead.

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