General takes new approach on the transition to civilian life

The chief of the defence staff has a theory: happy retirees make for more and better recruits. Appearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs, General Jonathan Vance said recruitment, training and treatment of Canadian Armed Forces personnel is “at a turning point.” It has to be. “I think it’s a truism that if...
  • Expecting cyber-attacks in Latvia

    March 1, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    While most of the 450 Canadian troops deploying to Latvia in June will be conducting traditional operations and exercises asserting their presence and fostering good relations in the Russian border republic, a cadre of specialists will be engaged in all-out warfare–cyber-warfare, that is. Overseas and...
  • Armoured vehicles get upgrade

    February 22, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) III recently pegged for a $404-million upgrade is the backbone of the army–an eight-wheeled, Canadian-built troop carrier and weapons platform that steered the course of modern infantry configuration. Acquiring them in 1999, the federal government has invested $1.5 billion over...
  • Canadian alliances reconfirmed in White House meeting

    February 14, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
      They didn’t get much attention in the headlines, but defence issues constituted a significant proportion of talks during the first meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, Feb. 13. Between references to economic policy, women’s issues and border...
  • New peacekeeping solutions required, says defence minister

    February 9, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Ask veteran soldiers their feelings about peacekeeping missions and chances are you’ll get a negative response. Acting as a third-party referee and police force in areas of hostility is like doing the job with one hand tied behind your back, they’ll say. Strict rules of...
  • Defence minister says NATO still plays a critical role

    February 1, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The survival of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is not in question, Canada’s defence minister suggested Feb. 1, nor is American involvement in the 68-year-old defence pact. In a wide-ranging interview with Legion Magazine, Harjit Sajjan expressed confidence the treaty will prevail despite President Donald...
  • U.S. commitment to Norad assured in phone call

    January 25, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The new U.S. defense secretary reaffirmed his country’s commitment to continental defence and North American Air Defence Command (Norad) in a weekend phone call to his Canadian counterpart. In what Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan called “a warm and cordial call,” former Marine Corps general James...