Category: national defence

Tail Cracks on Military’s New Helicopters Likely Due to Weight of Equipment: DND

OTTAWA—The Department of National Defence is blaming an apparent design flaw for the cracks recently discovered in the tails of most of the military’s new Cyclone helicopters. In a statement Monday, the department said it was believed the weight and pressure of equipment installed on the tail are likely responsible for the cracks, which have…


Eroded American Industrial Base Must Be Restored to Defeat China

Commentary In the event of war with China, the weakness of America’s defense industrial base will ensure that the Chinese would prevail. As things stand, U.S. manufacturers lack the adequate ability to meet basic defense needs for the contemporary age of great-power competition. “Innovations essential to military preparedness—like highly specialized lithium-ion batteries—require an ecosystem of…


Feds to Apologize to Victims of Military Sexual Misconduct on Dec. 13

OTTAWA—A date has been set for the government to deliver its promised apology to victims of military sexual misconduct. The Department of National Defence announced Monday that the apology will be delivered on Dec. 13 and come in the three parts. Defence Minister Anita Anand will apologize on behalf of the government, chief of the…


22 Injured in Blast at CFB Comox, BC, All but One Released From Hospital: Defence

COMOX, B.C.—The Department of National Defence says 22 people were treated for injuries in an explosion Thursday at a Canadian Forces base on Vancouver Island. One person remains in hospital, while all others, including 16 military members and six civilians, were treated and released after the blast at 19 Wing Comox. The department says federal,…


UK Can Launch Satellites From Overseas Territories, Defence Expert Says

The UK can use its overseas territories to get ahead in the space race, according to experts, as it prepares to launch spacecraft from home soil for the first time. Some of the British overseas territories are “positioned in incredibly strategic spots,” Robert Clark, a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society think tank, told…


National Defence Grappling With New Delay in $60B Warship Project

OTTAWA—The Department of National Defence says the first of 15 new warships being built for the Royal Canadian Navy will be delivered years later than expected as officials working on the $60-billion project grapple with unexpected design and construction challenges. The delay means Canada will need to spend more on its 12 aging Halifax-class frigates…