MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – February 25, 2013
And we’re back! Thanks for your patience….
- “A re-write of the Canada First Defence Strategy will come after the next budget, according to both the minster of defence and Canada’s top military official Friday morning. Both Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson and Defence Minister Peter MacKay told the Ottawa Conference on Defence and Security that times are tight, but transformation means reinvestment in operational capabilities. However, an overall reassessment of the Canada First Defence Strategy, the document that has provided the vision for the Canadian Forces since 2008 will only come following federal budgetary decisions. ….”
- France’s top soldier thanks Canada for Mali help ….
- …. adding more help would be nice, too
- Head of U.S. Special Forces to Canadian defence audience: “The U.S. cannot address the challenges of tomorrow alone. They are too diverse, too unpredictable …. We don’t have the fiscal capability, the manpower, and in some cases the resources to go it alone. None of us do.”
- CDS: Stand by for MORE cuts to defence spending ….
- ….. including the Reserves (with this post from Milnet.ca to provide a bit of context)
- HMCS Glace Bay helping search for missing fishermen off southwest Nova Scotia
- Meanwhile, HMCS Toronto has been working with the Israeli Navy
- Way Up North: Training exercise near James Bay winding down
- Joshua Baker, 1985-2010, R.I.P One former soldier found guilty of charges related to Baker’s death, one serving Reserve officer demoted and fined.
- CDS: Still lovin’ them (50-ish year old) Sea Kings!
- Minister of Defence visits the U.K., signs some papers
- A new Associate Minister of Defence (wonder if this part of her job description – “…. to fulfil the Government’s commitments to the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces ….” – means she’ll be responsible for saying how well vets and wounded warriors get treated?)
- CF troops in Quebec pissed at possible changes to rules allowing their kids to go to English-language schools
- Poochie helping vet deal with PTSD
- He’s Aboriginal, he’s Muslim, and he’s on Canada’s (and Australia’s?) spywatchers’ radar
- “A New (security think tank) Report Questions How Much We Should Fear al-Qaeda”
- Remembering the end of the WW 2 Italian Campaign here, and War of 1812 here, here, here, here and here.