MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – February 9, 2013
- Military spy sentenced (1) “Navy intelligence officer Jeffrey Paul Delisle was sentenced Friday to 18 years and five months in prison for selling security information to Russia. Chief Judge Pat Curran in Halifax provincial court said he had deliberated for “a long time” over Delisle’s sentence. He ultimately agreed with the Crown, which asked for at least a 20-year sentence. The defence asked for a sentence of nine to 10 years. Curran decided 20 years was appropriate, but gave the Lower Sackville man credit for time served. “Everyone recognizes it’s important to separate persons who do this from society for a considerable amount of time,” Curran said in his verbally-delivered decision. Both the Crown and defence also agreed that Delisle should be fined $111,817, which was based on the amount of money Delisle collected from his Russian bosses over nearly five years ….” – more here.
- Military spy sentenced (2) What the CDS had to say “…. Sub-Lieutenant Delisle failed each and every Canadian. With that said, I want to assure Canadians that we are actively pursuing measures to improve and enhance all facets of our security procedures. This includes undertaking a complete functional review and rewrite of the defence security policy suite, a realignment of all aspects of security in the Department, and working with other government departments to discuss, synchronize, and adopt best practices. The Canadian Armed Forces hold their members to a very high standard of conduct and performance, in Canada or abroad, on or off military duty. All personnel handling sensitive information are expected to observe stringent security procedures and are held to the highest ethical standards, consistent with the core military values of loyalty, integrity and honour. Clearly, Sub-Lieutenant Delisle’s actions failed to meet this standard …. I have every confidence that this incident is not reflective of the characteristically impeccable performance and dedication of the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, and Canadians can be assured that Sub-Lieutenant Delisle’s actions are, in no way, indicative of the values, ethics, and actions of our members as a whole, or of our commitment to safeguarding their national interests.”
- Way Up North (1) Big training exercise taking place in Ontario’s north for most of the month “Approximately 1,500 Canadian Army regular and reserve force soldiers, Royal Canadian Air Force personnel, and Canadian Rangers from across Ontario will be training in the vicinity of Cochrane, Fraserdale and Moosonee, Ontario, from February 8 to 26, as part of Exercise TRILLIUM RESPONSE 2013. The exercise is designed to increase the operational readiness by providing a realistic and challenging scenario for the personnel of Joint Task Force Central (JTFC) in order to enhance their knowledge and skills in a remote area during winter months. The Royal Canadian Air Force will be supporting the exercise by providing airlift of troops and equipment as well as aerial surveillance. The military aircraft and crews are from Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons based in Ontario, Manitoba and Nova Scotia ….”
- Way Up North (2) “The Canadian Forces play a critical role in sustaining and protecting Canada’s northern communities. The Canadian government has declared that Arctic development for the benefit of northerners will be a top priority when it assumes chairmanship of the Arctic Council in June 2013. OpenCanada spoke to an Arctic policy official at the Department of National Defence (DND) about Canadian Forces operations in the Far North, and the DND’s capacity to assist Canada with implementing goals while the country is chair of the council ….”
- U.S. military info-machine: it’s people that protect North America via NORAD, Northcom “Ask the commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, and he’ll tell you that beyond the technology, systems and processes that drive the dual commands, it’s people who form the foundation of their homeland defense mission ….”
- Reliving a bit of military, hockey history tomorrow morning “A Canadian military team and a parliamentary team will battle it out in the “Imjin Classic,” a scrimmage hockey game to commemorate the original games played on the frozen Imjin River during the Korean War in the winters of 1952 and 1953 ….”