Posts Tagged ‘Robert Bedard’
- Afghanistan (1) ISAF: U.N. Mandated for Another Year (h/t to Mark Collins of The 3Ds Blog for spotting that)
- Afghanistan (2) Globe & Mail columnist: Afghanistan continues to be lost cause. “…. The timeless intractability of a country that only Afghans can understand has shown itself again immune from the ministrations of outsiders with all their money and might, good intentions and hubris.”
- “The Canadian Forces are accepting just over half the applications they normally would in a year, and unless the applicants have certain specific skills, they are being told to try again later. Out of 100 categories of jobs or trades in the Forces, only 13 list current openings, including dentists, musicians and social workers. The military normally recruits around 5,000 people in a year. This year, it expects to recruit only 2,800. “For this year we have pretty much accomplished our raw numbers,” Lt.-Cmdr. Robert Bedard, a military recruiter, said Wednesday. Fewer recruits are needed because fewer members are leaving the military and more reservists are switching to regular forces. The application process is also highly competitive ….”
- “For the sixth year in a row, friends and families of Canadian troops deployed overseas will be able to send their holiday letters and parcels for free via Canada Post. The program, which started in 2006, has delivered close to 90,000 parcels to members of the Canadian Forces serving overseas in war zones. “Serving your country so far from home is particularly difficult during the holiday season,” said Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport). “With the help of Canada Post, this program has enabled us to bring some extra holiday cheer to our men and women serving this country.” …. With capacity limitations on military aircraft carrying supplies to deployed forces, this program is restricted to family and friends of the deployed service men and women serving overseas in war zones. That includes members of the Canadian Forces serving, for example, in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Sudan, Sinai, Jerusalem, etc. Troops serving on any of the deployed Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships are also included in the program ….” More here.
- What’s Canada Buying? Defensive electronics for Chinooks. “The Department of National Defence (DND) requires the equipment and support services to install a Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite (DEWS) Laboratory for the Electronic Warfare Operational Support (EWOS) facility. The EWOS facility is located at the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre at the Shirley’s Bay Campus, Ottawa. To provide the necessary operational support for the Medium-to-Heavy Lift Helicopter Project (MHLH), a DEWS laboratory must be established at EWOS ….”
- “A Canadian defence contractor plans to move its new corporate headquarters to northern New York, a move company officials say could create more than 200 jobs over the next two years. John Hensler, vice-president of Ottawa-based General Propulsion Inc., tells the Watertown Daily Times (http://bit.ly/ozy4h5 ) that the company has an agreement with officials in Ogdensburg to move its headquarters in the Franklin County city located on the St. Lawrence River. Hensler says the plans call for hiring 20 workers for the new site and adding another 200 as the facility expands. General Propulsion develops technologies for the Canadian and American navies and private companies including Rolls-Royce, Siemens and Westinghouse ….”
- F-35 Tug o’ War More U.S. jitters? “Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey told House lawmakers Thursday that he supports the “concept” of a fifth-generation fighter, but he wavered more than any Pentagon official in recent history in questioning whether DoD can afford all three flavors of the F-35 Lightning II. Appearing with Secretary Panetta before the House Armed Services Committee, Dempsey said “I’m concerned about the three variants, whether we can afford all three.” In doing so, the chairman took a dramatically different line from other DoD leaders, saying not ‘We must have the jets and we’ll get their costs down,’ but ‘We need an airplane but we might not be able to buy the ones we’re trying to roll out.’ ….”
- “The Canadian military is keeping a watch on aboriginal groups through an intelligence unit that is meant to protect the Forces and the Department of National Defence from espionage, terrorists and saboteurs. The Canadian Forces’ National Counter-Intelligence Unit assembled at least eight reports on the activities of native organizations between January, 2010, and July, 2011, according to records released under access to information law ….” The Chiefs of Ontario are underwhelmed. So is the Assembly of First Nations.
Written by milnews.ca
14 October 11 at 7:45
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