Rise in military contracting hides human, monetary costs

The United States military is spending an escalating proportion of its massive budget on contractors with little accountability for where and how the money is spent, says a new report. The practice opens doors to overspending and corruption and hides war’s true costs, both monetary and human, says the report from Brown’s University’s Costs...
  • Budget does little to improve veterans benefits

    March 28, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Bad for the military; not good enough for veterans. That about sums up defence-related elements of the federal budget tabled March 22 by Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Ottawa says it will spend $624 million more on veterans’ programs over the next five years, most of...
  • Canadian Rangers hampered by delays

    March 21, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Hurry up and wait, goes the old military adage. Just ask the Canadian Rangers. The military ombudsman did. And in a second interim report on the challenges they face, Gary Walbourne says the 5,000 volunteers who form Canada’s first line of defence in the Arctic...
  • Doctrine on child soldiers is first of its kind

    March 15, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    A new doctrine adopted by the Canadian Armed Forces to tackle the challenges posed by child soldiers could get its first test in Mali, where the government has been considering a UN peace-support mission for almost a year. The 37-page document prepared by military planners...
  • No connection between deployments and terrorist threats

    March 8, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    There is no “automatic link” between Canada’s participation or lack of it in anti-terror operations overseas and security at home, says the chief of the defence staff. Joining in the fight against ISIS or others doesn’t mean Canada will be targeted by terror groups any...
  • 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...
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