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...
  • 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...
  • Suspended vice-admiral outspoken in support of navy

    January 19, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The man temporarily relieved of his duties as vice-chief of the defence staff this week is an outspoken advocate of his beloved navy whose first words after his appointment to the military’s second-highest post constituted a harsh critique of the government that put him there....
  • Trump to bring down cost of F-35 fighters

    January 16, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Calling the F-35 stealth fighter “way, way behind schedule and many, many billions of dollars over-budget,” U.S. President-elect Donald Trump pledged Wednesday to reduce its costs and get Lockheed Martin to build a better airplane. In his first news conference since July, Trump dismissed reports...
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