Archive for the ‘Military Ethos’ Category
- “Suspended vice-admiral being investigated for alleged leak of classified shipbuilding data” – “Possible leak related to new fleet might have sparked admiral’s removal”
- “PM backs Vance in relieving senior military commander” – “Trudeau stays quiet as senior military commander stripped of duties”
- Commentary: “Globe editorial: Why was the military’s second in command ‘temporarily’ relieved of duty?” – “The Mark Norman firing mystery: This doesn’t happen in the U.S.” – “How Toronto’s Papers Covered a Canadian Military Scandal”
- “Trudeau touts NATO after Trump says obsolete” – “Les menaces de Trump envers l’OTAN pourraient avoir de lourdes implications pour le Canada”
- “Trump sets NATO on edge, but he’s got a valid point to make” – “How NATO grew fat and Russia took advantage”
- “Trump’s Impact on Global Security: What Can We Expect?” (NATO Association of Canada)
- “Engaging Trump’s America Strategically” (Saideman’s Semi-Spew)
- “Is Donald Trump a Russian agent?” – ” “If they could gather kompromat on Trump, they did it”: (VICE) talked to an ex-KGB colonel and Putin critic about the Trump-Russia dossier”
- “Test launch of silo-based Topol-M from Plesetsk” (Russian strategic nuclear forces blog) – “Topol-M missile was launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome” (RUS MoD)
- As Could a Lot of Other Types of Russian Military Units … “Russian Paratroopers Could Totally Mess Up the Baltic States”
- “Poland Needs Fords, not Ferraris — Jerry’s classic from ’09 came to mind when I read the following about plucky, brave Poland’s drive to grow its defense budget and recapitalize their air arm …”
- “Russian Defence Minister has opened operation-mobilization conference of the leadership of the Russian Armed Forces” (RUS MoD)
- “Estonians join paramilitary forces to face Russia fears”
- “Estonia Awaits Russian Lawmakers to Ratify Boundary Treaties – (EST) Foreign Minister”
- “Lithuania and US sign agreement on status of US troops” – “Lithuania & Estonia sign ‘milestone’ deals on status of US troops on their soil” – “Estonia and the US sign a defence cooperation agreement” – “Estonia, Lithuania Sign Deals With U.S. To Allow Troop Deployments” – “Lithuania, U.S. sign agreement on status of U.S. forces in Lithuania” – “Estonia Hopes US to Keep Troops in EU, Stick to NATO Commitments Under Trump”
- “Lavrov says Russia ready to cooperate with US in areas where their interests coincide”
- “Official Russian Reactions To Rex Tillerson’s Confirmation Hearing For The Post Of U.S. Secretary Of State”
- “Moscow claims U.S. spies planted $10,000 in diplomat’s car”
- “Threats, Trolls, Twitter Bots: Interview with Ilya Maslyanskyy”
- Meanwhile, Colonel Ted’s Take on China/Canada: “Everyman, again, and China, again but this time Canada’s approach”
- “I Get By with a Little Help from my Friends …” (1) “Portuguese and Ukrainian Defence Ministries to develop Memorandum on Defence and Technical Cooperation” (UKR MoD)
- “I Get By with a Little Help from my Friends …” (2) Guess Which Headline’s from the Pro-Separatist Media? “(USA) Military official says US to continue training security forces in western Ukraine” – “US to continue training Ukrainian nationalist battalions”
- “President: Sanctions must remain in force until Russian troops leave Ukrainian territories” (Official website of the President of Ukraine)
- “Comments by the Department of Information and Press of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in Connection with the Proceedings Instituted Against the Russian Federation with the International Court of Justice by Ukraine” (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation)
- Crimea Bits “Savchenko proposes “to disown” Crimea so as to return Donbass” – “Russian Sovereignty Over Crimea ‘Undisputed’ – Kremlin” – “Nazi Ukraine Junta Regime Orders Border Guards To Take Control And Occupy Borders Of Donbass And Crimea !”
- So, Which Is It? “OSCE Police Mission Deployment in Donbass Contradicts Minsk Agreements – Lavrov” – “Moscow is not against OSCE monitors accompanying law enforcement officials in Donbas – Lavrov”
- More on OSCE in UKR “Moscow Supports OSCE’s Deepest Involvement in Donbas Settlement – Lavrov” – “OSCE Chair Kurz Calls for Expanding OSCE Monitoring Mission in Ukraine”
- Updates from All Sides “Latest from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), based on information received as of 19:30, 16 January 2017” – “Weekly Update from the OSCE Observer Mission at Russian Checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk based on information as of 17 January 2017” – UKR govt ATO map, 18 Jan 2017 – “ATO News: Situation Update, east of Ukraine as of morning, January 18, 2016” (UKR MoD) – “ATO News: Situation Update, east of Ukraine as of morning, January 17, 2016” (UKR MoD) – “Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 18.01.2017″ – “Consolidated unit that during the battle took “Malii” destroyed 6 enemy armored vehicles” (UKR MoD, in Ukrainian)
- “Lviv journalists handed military intelligence special winter clothing and gear” (UKR DefInt, in Ukrainian)
- “Oh, Those Russians …” “Main Military Prosecutor’s Office receives photocopy of Yanukovych’s request to Russia to send its troops into Ukraine – Lutsenko” – “Russian Federation granted citizenship to 9 ex-soldiers and ex-commander of (UKR) Berkut special regiment Sadovnyk” – “Hearing of Ukraine’s claim against Russia in UN Hague court could last for several years”
- From the Cyber-fight (Allegedly, Anyway …) “In this publication, we will peek behind the curtains of a successful operation carried out by volunteers of InformNapalm intelligence community and hacktivists of the Ukrainian cyber-alliance (UCA). The operation kicked off with specific software installed on the desktop computer of the reconnaissance commander of the so-called Second Army corps of the People’s Militia (2nd CPM), a unit of the hybrid Russian occupation troops in Luhansk Oblast …” (informnapalm.org, pro-UKR OSINT)
- “From Winkler to warfare: high school teacher and reservist heads to Iraq”
- DND’s latest on Operation IMPACT
- F-35 Tug o’ War South of the border … “Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson met with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to discuss ongoing negotiations for the next batch of F-35 aircraft …” – “Lockheed Martin CEO Commits to 1800 new jobs and reduced F-35 costs” – “The F-35 program is once again in trouble, with full flight tests delayed until at least 2018”
- “Tory candidate Erin O’Toole vows to double defence spending”
- “Canada PM, Facing Trump Challenge, to Promote Ex-Army Commander (to PS Foreign Affairs)”
- ” ‘Most likely to be bombed’: unearthing Edmonton’s Cold War secrets”
- ” ‘It’s really a privilege to be able to do what we do,’ says Honours and Recognition director”
- New Pro-UKR Foreign Affairs Minister (on RUS Blacklist) “Trudeau Cabinet Shuffle: Chrystia Freeland Replaces Stephane Dion At Foreign Affairs” – “New Canadian foreign minister indeed under Russian sanctions – source in Russian Foreign Ministry” – “Canada’s support for Ukraine after appointment of new foreign minister will not change – ambassador” – “Russia Signals Sanctions On Canada’s Freeland Can Only Be Lifted Reciprocally” – “Experts divided on fallout of Freeland becoming foreign minister” – “Michael Den Tandt: Freeland is the closest thing Trudeau has to an expert on Kremlinology and Trumpism” – “Justin Trudeau’s redesigned cabinet”
- “US, Latvia to sign «status of forces» deal”
- “Russian propaganda unsuccessful in Latvia, says president”
- “Russia waging information war against Sweden, study finds”
- “Ukraine power cut ‘was cyber-attack’ “
- “Ukraine’s Plan to Manufacture US M16 Rifles Hits a Snag”
- “Savchenko Publishes ‘Prisoner’ Lists, Angering Ukrainian Authorities” – “Savchenko publishes redacted lists of Russian military servicemen, civilians convicted in Ukraine” – “Hostage lists published by Savchenko incorrect” – “Savchenko to cooperate with Security Service of Ukraine on issue of hostages’ release” – “Savchenko publishes list of hostages provided by LPR/DPR”
- “Ukrainian National Guard field medic captured in occupied Donetsk” – “Military unit of National Guardia-Azov arrested in DPR”
- Updates from All Sides “Latest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, based on information received as of 19:30, 9 January 2017” – UKR govt ATO map, 11 Jan 2017 – UKR govt ATO map, 10 Jan 2017 – “Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 10.01.2017” – “Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 11.01.2017” – “Ukraine reports 49 militant attacks in last day”
- “Ukrainian soldiers undergoing treatment in the Italian military hospital “Chelio” delegation of national defense department” (UKR MoD, in Ukrainian)
- Humanitarian Bits “East Ukraine: Surveyed Education Facilities in Need of Further Rehabilitation” (UNICEF) – “Humanitarian assistance, recovery and development need to go hand in hand” (UN Development Programme)
- “How Russian advances in the Arctic are leaving NATO behind”
- “Russia Deploys Air-Route Radar Complex Sopka-2 on Wrangel Island” – “Russia wants more control over Arctic airspace”
- “More than 300 Russian paratroopers have been on North Pole”
- “Russia Could Deploy Navy Into The Arctic”
- “US Marine force in Norway to eye Arctic and beyond”
- “A More Specific Look at the Amount of Military Spending in Alaska”
- “A ‘Standing Rock’ in Canada?” (NATO Association of Canada)
- “New numbers show spike in asylum seekers crossing from U.S. to Manitoba”
- “Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, Donald Trump’s choice to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is undergoing a confirmation hearing in Washington on Tuesday, and ahead of the meeting he sat down with Montana’s two Senators to discuss issues relevant to the Treasure State, including northern border security …”
- “Launch of “Secret Law Gazette”: Security Service Policies & Rules released under ATIP”
- “Canadian Afghan war veteran commits suicide after killing family” (World Socialist Web Site)
- “Military spouse wants more help for families of veterans with PTSD”
- “Publication Bans sought for Wilks Court Martial”
- “Army team approach key to ending inappropriate sexual behaviour”
- “Government of Canada invests in new armoury for Halifax Army Reserve”
- “The myth of one-party support for the Canadian Armed Forces”
- “No burgh this, town misspells veteran’s name on street sign”
… in a submission to the Defence Policy Review now under way figuring out what the CAF should and shouldn’t be doing these days. The conclusion alone bears reading — highlights mine:
“The Ombudsman Office is a resource for those who find themselves frustrated by failures in the system. When we point out those shortcomings, and they are addressed, the Department of National Defence and/or the Canadian Armed Forces become better and more effective employers for it. However, as I have noted throughout this submission, the systemic failures are too often not corrected.
With that in mind I want to emphasize that everything in this submission is based on calls, complaints and expressions of frustration and anger that pour into our office on a regular basis.
I am not suggesting there are malicious, uncaring people in the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces – the contrary is true. I am stating there is an absolute need for modern innovative thinking that flips the paradigm from the rules and regulations controlling the people to the people controlling the rules and regulations. It is always easy to find a rule or regulation that allows for inaction. It is always easier to review or study than take action and right a wrong.
In this submission, I have deliberately avoided recommending studies or reviews and the myriad of others words and phrases that have become euphemisms for lets-announce-a-study-and-hope-it-goes-away when the heat is on from the public, politicians and journalists who have glommed on to some injustice.
Yes, the media, politicians and public will inevitably move on to other matters and the lack of public scrutiny might bring temporary comfort to a few people; but under the rug the problems live on and continue to gather dust.
- Mentally ill members unable to get help will continue to take drastic steps and bring a lifetime of sorrow to their families.
- Indigenous Youth in need of role models will continue to miss the opportunity.
- Our Reservists will continue to wait for parity with Regular Force members and the compensation, care and respect parity represents.
- Those attempting to negotiate the bureaucratic end-of-career maze will not be helped by another study when they know that the phrase “seamless transition” is in stark contrast to reality.
- Many military spouses and children will not be placated by claims of ‘caring for our families’ when they know from experience that whether meaningless or well meaning, it’s an empty slogan.
None of the issues addressed in this submission need another prolonged study or review and none require the expenditure of vast amounts of money. What we need now is leadership with the will to right the wrongs before the credibility and image of this treasured institution is further eroded. No matter what position or stance we take at home or abroad, a well-supported military force will be the factor in determining success.
So let me end as I began: This is about the future. It is about our national security and our ability to attract future generations of great army, navy and air force members. It is about getting back to a place where the Canadian military regularly had pools of highly motivated, talented people knocking on the recruiting office door. Today, far too many of those talented Canadians are walking past that door with neither a second thought nor a backward glance.”
A bit more from the CF Ombudsman here.
Well said, Mr. Walbourne!