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  • Federal budget shores up cyber defences but is silent on new jets and warships

    March 5, 2018 | Local, Aerospace, Naval, Land, C4ISR, Security

    Federal budget shores up cyber defences but is silent on new jets and warships

    By Murray Brewster, CBC News The new federal budget focuses on ones and zeros over tanks and troops by pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into new and improved cyber and national security defences. Several federal departments will not only see upfront cash but promises of long-term spending to counter both the threat of hackers — state-sponsored and otherwise — and cyber-criminals. National Defence, by comparison, is seeing virtually nothing in terms of new spending on the nuts and bolts of the military, other than initiatives outlined in the recently tabled national defence policy. The 2018 budget is, on the surface, a tacit acknowledgement that the nature of threats to national security — the nature of modern warfare itself — is changing. The budget recycles the government's $3.6 billion pledge last December to provide veterans with the option of a pension for life and better services. But cyber-security was, by far, the headline national security measure in the budget. Finance Minister Bill Morneau's fiscal plan sets aside $750 million in different envelopes — much of it to be spent over five years — to improve cyber security and better prepare the federal government to fend off online attacks and track down cyber-criminals. More for CSE It also promises an additional $225 million, beginning in 2020-21, to improve the capacity of the country's lead electronic intelligence agency, the Communications Security Establishment, to gather foreign signals intelligence. The Liberals will soon pass new national security legislation — C-59 — and CSE will receive important new powers and responsibilities to disrupt global cyber threats. "These are brand new tools. They're going to need lots of resources — technological resources, personnel resources — to engage in those kinds of operations," said Wesley Wark, a University of Ottawa professor and one of the country's leading experts on cybersecurity and intelligence, in an interview prior to the budget. The sense of urgency about getting the country's cyber-security house in order is being driven in part by the fallout from Russian hacking and meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, said a former assistant parliamentary budget officer. "With what we've seen south of the border, I think cyber-security and cyber-threat has been elevated in this budget to a high-priority item," said Sahir Khan, now the executive vice president of the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy. The budget creates two new entities to deal with online threats. The first, the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, will assemble all of the federal government's cyber expertise under one roof — a plan that will require new legislation. The second organization will be run by the RCMP and be known as the National Cybercrime Coordination Unit. It will coordinate all cybercrime investigations and act as a central agency to which the public can report incidents. The budget also includes cash for Public Safety's National Cyber Strategy, which not only aims to protect federal government networks but is meant to collaborate with the corporate financial and energy sectors to boost their defences. Military procurement a work in progress The budget's dearth of new spending on the real-world military — at a time of significant global insecurity — is due to reasons that are partly political and partly organizational, said Khan. The former Conservative government's inability to deliver on promises of new equipment during its nine-year tenure was a political "albatross around its neck," he said. The Liberals may have produced a clear defence policy but they have yet to straighten out the procurement system, he added. The Trudeau government has promised a lot of military capital spending down the road. Khan said it seems determined to keep the issue out of the spotlight in the meantime. What's missing from the new budget is a clear commitment that National Defence will get the cash it needs as those needs arise. "I think there was a lot of clarity in the policy direction coming out of the government [defence] white paper," said Khan. "What a lot of us are trying to understand is whether the money ... is accompanying that change in direction ... so that DND has a stable footing to meet its needs." He said he still has questions about whether promised future spending on fighter jets and warships has been baked into the federal government's long-term fiscal plans. A senior federal official, speaking on background prior to the release of the budget, insisted that military capital spending is welded into fiscal plans going forward into the 2030s. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has said repeatedly, since the strategy was released last June, that the defence plan was "fully costed" into the future. Up until 2016, National Defence produced an annual list of planned defence purchases. The Liberals promised to produce their own list of planned acquisitions and table it this year. Khan said it "needs to be presented to Parliament and the public." Training and retaining? The cyber initiatives in Monday's budget drew a mixed response from the high-tech sector. On the one hand, the Council of Canadian Innovators praised budget signals that suggest the Liberals are open to dealing with home-grown companies rather than buying off-the-shelf from major U.S. firms. "The imperative to build domestic cyber capacity is not just economic. It's existential," said Benjamin Bergen, the council's executive director. "Without a domestic capacity in cyber we risk becoming a client state. Innovators welcome the announcement of a new Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, which will allow for information sharing between the public and private sector." What the budget didn't offer was a clear commitment to training and retaining highly-skilled software engineers and IT professionals. "We would have liked to have seen a retention strategy. There wasn't one," said Bergen. "We know Canada produces amazing graduates but we're struggling to keep that talent here." The council estimates there will be up to 200,000 job openings in high-tech by 2020, which will put pressure on the industry and on the federal government as it bulks up its cyber capability. Adam Froman, CEO of the Toronto-based data collection firm Delvinia, was blunt when asked if the federal government will be able to fill all of the cyber-security job openings created by this budget. "They're not going to be able to. Plain and simple," he said. "Or they're going to have to outsource those jobs to foreign companies." http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/federal-budget-2018-cybersecurity-1.4552967

  • Military promotions and retirements: RCAF commander Lt.-Gen. Hood leaving

    March 2, 2018 | Local, Aerospace

    Military promotions and retirements: RCAF commander Lt.-Gen. Hood leaving

    DAVID PUGLIESE, OTTAWA CITIZEN More from David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen A CANFORGEN has now gone out outlining the latest promotions and retirements from the Canadian Forces. Here it is: PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS, RESULTING FROM RETIREMENTS, ARE AS FOLLOWS: LIEUTENANT-GENERAL J.A.J. PARENT WILL RETIRE FROM SERVICE RESULTING IN THE FOLLOWING PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS: (1) LIEUTENANT-GENERAL P.F. WYNNYK WILL BE APPOINTED ACTING VICE CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE STAFF, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING LIEUTENANT-GENERAL J.A.J. PARENT (2) MAJOR-GENERAL J.M. LANTHIER WILL BE PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF LIEUTENANT-GENERAL AND WILL BE APPOINTED COMMANDER CANADIAN ARMY, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING LIEUTENANT-GENERAL P.F. WYNNYK (3) BRIGADIER-GENERAL J.P.H.H. GOSSELIN WILL BE PROMOTED TO MAJOR- GENERAL AND APPOINTED CHIEF OF PROGRAM, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING MAJOR-GENERAL J.M. LANTHIER (4) BRIGADIER-GENERAL M.A.J. CARIGNAN WILL BE APPOINTED AS COMMANDER 2 CANADIAN DIVISION AND JOINT TASK FORCE (EAST), IN MONTREAL QC, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL J.P.H.H. GOSSELIN (5) COLONEL D.A. (DAVE) QUINN WILL BE PROMOTED ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL AND APPOINTED AS CHIEF OF STAFF LAND OPERATIONS CANADIAN ARMY, IN NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL M.A.J. CARIGNAN LIEUTENANT-GENERAL J.M.M. HAINSE WILL RETIRE FROM SERVICE RESULTING IN THE FOLLOWING PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS: (1) REAR-ADMIRAL D.C. HAWCO WILL BE PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF VICE- ADMIRAL AND WILL BE APPOINTED CANADIAN MILITARY REPRESENTATIVE AT NATO HQ, IN BRUSSELS (BELGIUM), REPLACING LIEUTENANT-GENERAL J.M.M. HAINSE (2) COMMODORE J.B. ZWICK WILL BE PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF REAR-ADMIRAL AND BE APPOINTED AS CHIEF OF FORCE DEVELOPMENT, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING REAR-ADMIRAL D.C. HAWCO (3) COMMODORE A.I. TOPSHEE WILL BE APPOINTED AS COMMANDER CANADIAN FLEET PACIFIC, IN ESQUIMALT BC, REPLACING COMMODORE J.B. ZWICK (4) CAPTAIN (NAVY) J.A. CLARKE WILL BE PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF COMMODORE AND APPOINTED DEPUTY DIRECTOR STRATEGY, POLICY AND PLANS AT THE NORTH AMERICAN AEROSPACE DEFENSE COMMAND, AT COLORADO SPRINGS (USA), REPLACING COMMODORE A.I. TOPSHEE LIEUTENANT-GENERAL M.J. HOOD WILL RETIRE FROM SERVICE RESULTING IN THE FOLLOWING PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS: (1) MAJOR-GENERAL A.D. MEINZINGER WILL BE PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF LIEUTENANT-GENERAL AND WILL BE APPOINTED COMMANDER ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING LIEUTENANT-GENERAL M.J. HOOD (2) MAJOR-GENERAL O.H. LAVOIE WILL BE APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF STAFF, STRATEGIC JOINT STAFF, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING MAJOR-GENERAL A.D. MEINZINGER (3) BRIGADIER-GENERAL J.S.S.D. FORTIN WILL BE PROMOTED TO MAJOR- GENERAL AND WILL BE APPOINTED COMMANDER 1ST CANADIAN DIVISION, IN KINGSTON ON, REPLACING MAJOR-GENERAL O.H. LAVOIE (4) COLONEL E.D. SIMONEAU WILL PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER- GENERAL AND WILL BE SECONDED TO THE PRIVY COUNCIL OFFICE, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL J.S.S.D. FORTIN LIEUTENANT-GENERAL J.P.J. ST-AMAND WILL RETIRE FROM SERVICE RESULTING IN THE FOLLOWING PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS: (1) MAJOR-GENERAL C.J. COATES WILL BE PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF LIEUTENANT-GENERAL AND WILL BE APPOINTED DEPUTY COMMANDER NORTH AMERICAN AEROSPACE DEFENCE COMMAND, AT COLORADO SPRINGS (USA), REPLACING LIEUTENANT-GENERAL J.P.J. ST-AMAND (2) BRIGADIER-GENERAL D.W. LOWTHIAN WILL BE PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF MAJOR-GENERAL AND WILL BE APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF NORAD OPERATIONS AT NORAD HQ, IN COLORADO SPRINGS (USA), REPLACING MAJOR-GENERAL C.J. COATES (3) BRIGADIER-GENERAL C.J.J. MIALKOWSKI WILL BE APPOINTED CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE CHIEF DEFENCE STAFF, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL D.W. LOWTHIAN (4) BRIGADIER-GENERAL J.R.M. GAGNE WILL DEPLOY AS DEPUTY COORDINATOR SUPPORT USSC/ COMMMANDER TASK FORCE MIDDLE EAST, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL C.J.J. MIALKOWSKI (5) COLONEL W.H. FLETCHER WILL BE PROMOTED ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL AND APPOINTED DEPUTY COMMANDER 18 AB CORPS US ARMY, IN NORTH CAROLINA (USA), REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL J.R.M. GAGNE REAR-ADMIRAL J.P.G. COUTURIER WILL RETIRE FROM SERVICE RESULTING IN THE FOLLOWING PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS: (1) REAR-ADMIRAL A.G. MCDONALD WILL BE APPOINTED DEPUTY COMMANDER OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING REAR- ADMIRAL J.P.G. COUTURIER (2) REAR-ADMIRAL J.R. AUCHTERLONIE WILL BE APPOINTED COMMANDER MARITIME FORCES PACIFIC/JOINT TASK FORCE (PACIFIC), IN ESQUIMALT BC, REPLACING REAR-ADMIRAL A.G. MCDONALD (3) MAJOR-GENERAL W.F. SEYMOUR WILL BE APPOINTED DEPUTY COMMANDER – CANADIAN JOINT OPERATIONS COMMAND, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING REAR-ADMIRAL J.R. AUCHTERLONIE (4) COMMODORE B.W.N. SANTARPIA WILL BE PROMOTED TO REAR-ADMIRAL AND WILL BE APPOINTED CHIEF OF STAFF OPERATIONS, CANADIAN JOINT OPERATIONS COMMAND, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING MAJOR-GENERAL W.F. SEYMOUR (5) CAPTAIN (NAVY) B. PEATS WILL BE PROMOTED ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED TO THE RANK OF COMMODORE AND WILL BE APPOINTED DIRECTOR GENERAL PLANS – STRATEGIC JOINT STAFF, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING COMMODORE B.W.N. SANTARPIA REAR-ADMIRAL W.S. TRUELOVE WILL RETIRE FROM SERVICE RESULTING IN THE FOLLOWING PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS: (1) MAJOR-GENERAL S.C. HETHERINGTON WILL BE APPOINTED CANADIAN DEFENCE ATTACHE / COMMANDER CANADIAN DEFENCE LIASON STAFF (WASHINGTON) IN WASHINGTON DC (USA), REPLACING REAR-ADMIRAL W.S. TRUELOVE (2) BRIGADIER-GENERAL S.M. CADDEN WILL BE PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF MAJOR-GENERAL AND APPOINTED COMMANDER CANADIAN ARMY DOCTRINE AND TRAINING CENTRE, IN KINGSTON ON, REPLACING MAJOR-GENERAL S.C. HETHERINGTON (3) BRIGADIER-GENERAL J.J.M.J. PAUL WILL BE APPOINTED AS COMMANDER 4TH CANADIAN DIVISION, IN TORONTO ON, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL S.M. CADDEN (4) COLONEL M.C. WRIGHT WILL BE PROMOTED ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL AND BE APPOINTED AS CHIEF OF STAFF CANADIAN FORCES INTELLIGENCE COMMAND, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL J.J.M.J. PAUL MAJOR-GENERAL D.L.R. WHEELER RETIRED FROM SERVICE IN LATE 2017, RESULTING IN THE FOLLOWING PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS: (1) BRIGADIER-GENERAL S.G. FRIDAY WAS PROMOTED MAJOR-GENERAL AND APPOINTED AS DEPUTY VICE-CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE STAFF, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING MAJOR-GENERAL D.L.R. WHEELER (2) BRIGADIER-GENERAL ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED K.G. HORGAN WILL BE PROMOTED SUBSTANTIVE TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL AND WAS APPOINTED AS CHIEF OF STAFF, VICE-CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE STAFF, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING MAJOR-GENERAL S.G. FRIDAY MAJOR-GENERAL D.J. MILNER WILL RETIRE FROM SERVICE RESULTING IN THE FOLLOWING PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS: (1) MAJOR-GENERAL S.G. FRIDAY WILL BE APPOINTED AS CENTRAL COMMAND DEPUTY J4, IN TAMPA FL (USA), REPLACING MAJOR-GENERAL D.J. MILNER IN CENTRAL COMMAND (2) BRIGADIER-GENERAL F.J. ALLEN WILL BE PROMOTED TO MAJOR-GENERAL AND APPOINTED AS DEPUTY VICE-CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE STAFF, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING MAJOR-GENERAL S.G. FRIDAY (3) COLONEL P.C. SABOURIN WILL BE PROMOTED ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL AND APPOINTED DIRECTOR GENERAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT OPERATIONS, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL F.J. ALLEN MAJOR-GENERAL G.D. LOOS WILL RETIRE FROM SERVICE RESULTING IN THE FOLLOWING PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS: (1) BRIGADIER-GENERAL F.J. CHAGNON WILL BE PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF MAJOR-GENERAL AND APPOINTED CHIEF OF STAFF ASSISTANT DEPUTY MINISTER (IM), AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING MAJOR-GENERAL G.D. LOOS (2) BRIGADIER-GENERAL D.J. ANDERSON WILL BE APPOINTED DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF – OPERATIONS, CANADIAN JOINT OPERATIONS COMMAND, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL F.J. CHAGNON (3) BRIGADIER-GENERAL M.H.L. BOURGON WILL BE APPOINTED AS CHIEF OF STAFF READINESS CANADIAN JOINT OPERATIONS COMMAND, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL D.J. ANDERSON (4) BRIGADIER-GENERAL J.P.R. PREVOST WILL BE APPOINTED AS DIRECTOR GENERAL OPERATIONS, STRATEGIC JOINT STAFF, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL M.H.L. BOURGON (5) COLONEL J.A.S. BERNARD WILL BE PROMOTED ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL AND APPOINTED DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF PLANS, CANADIAN JOINT OPERATIONS COMMAND, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL J.P.R. PREVOST MAJOR-GENERAL N. ELDAOUD WILL TRANSFER TO THE PRIMARY RESERVE AND CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE JOURNEY PROJECT, RESULTING IN THE FOLLOWING PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS: (1) FOLLOWING HIS RETURN FROM OP IMPACT (MLT DIRECTOR), BRIGADIER- GENERAL S.J.R. WHELAN WILL BE PROMOTED TO MAJOR-GENERAL AND WILL BE APPOINTED CHIEF MILITARY PERSONNEL PROGRAMS (JOURNEY PROJECT), AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING MAJOR-GENERAL N. ELDAOUD (2) BRIGADIER-GENERAL R. DELANEY WILL BE APPOINTED MINISTERIAL LIAISON TEAM DIRECTOR – OP IMPACT, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL S.J.R. WHELAN (3) COLONEL J.S. TRUDEAU WILL BE PROMOTED TO BRIGADIER-GENERAL AND APPOINTED AS CANADIAN FORCES PROVOST MARSHAL, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL R. DELANEY REAR-ADMIRAL J.J. BENNETT WILL RETIRE FROM SERVICE RESULTING IN THE FOLLOWING PROMOTION AND APPOINTMENT: (1) CAPTAIN (NAVY) R.L. PATTERSON WILL BE PROMOTED ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED TO THE RANK OF COMMODORE AND APPOINTED DIRECTOR GENERAL CANADIAN ARMED FORCES STRATEGIC RESPONSE TEAM ON SEXUAL MISCONDUCT, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING REAR-ADMIRAL J.J. BENNETT COMMODORE M.D. WOOD RETIRED FROM SERVICE IN LATE 2017, RESULTING IN THE FOLLOWING PROMOTION AND APPOINTMENT: (1) CAPTAIN (NAVY) L. CAROSIELLI WAS PROMOTED ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED TO THE RANK OF COMMODORE AND APPOINTED AS PROJECT MANAGER CANADIAN SURFACE COMBATANT, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING COMMODORE M.D. WOOD BRIGADIER-GENERAL M.A. FRANK RETIRED FROM SERVICE IN LATE 2017, RESULTING IN THE FOLLOWING PROMOTION AND APPOINTMENT: (1) CAPTAIN (NAVY) R.G. PUMPHREY WAS PROMOTED ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED TO THE RANK OF COMMODORE AND APPOINTED AS DIRECTOR GENERAL DEFENCE FORCE PLAN, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING BRIGADIER- GENERAL M.A. FRANK BRIGADIER-GENERAL W. LIEDTKE RETIRED FROM SERVICE IN LATE 2017, RESULTING IN THE FOLLOWING PROMOTION AND APPOINTMENT: (1) COLONEL R.W.H. GOODYEAR WILL BE PROMOTED ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL AND APPOINTED AS CHIEF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT/DEPUTY CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL W. LIEDTKE BRIGADIER-GENERAL J.B.C. DOYON RETIRED FROM SERVICE IN LATE 2017, RESULTING IN THE FOLLOWING PROMOTION AND APPOINTMENT: (1) COMMODORE ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED C.F. SUTHERLAND WILL BE PROMOTED SUBSTANTIVE TO THE RANK OF COMMODORE AND WAS APPOINTED AS DIRECTOR GENERAL MILITARY CAREERS, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL J.B.C. DOYON BRIGADIER-GENERAL R.G. MAZZOLIN WILL RETIRE FROM SERVICE, RESULTING IN THE FOLLOWING PROMOTION AND APPOINTMENT: (1) COLONEL P.J. PEYTON WILL BE PROMOTED ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL AND APPOINTED AS VICE DIRECTOR J7 – EXERCISES AND TRAINING, UNITED STATES CYBER COMMAND, IN WASHINGTON DC (USA), REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL R.G. MAZZOLIN BRIGADIER-GENERAL K.W. HORLOCK WILL RETIRE FROM SERVICE, RESULTING IN THE FOLLOWING PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS: (1) BRIGADIER-GENERAL ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED D.A. MACISAAC WILL BE PROMOTED SUBSTANTIVE TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL AND APPOINTED CHIEF OF STAFF SUPPORT AT CANADIAN JOINT OPERATIONS COMMAND, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL K.W. HORLOCK (2) COLONEL A.R. JAYNE WAS PROMOTED ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL AND DEPLOYED ON OPERATION IMPACT, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL D.A. MACISAAC. UPON RETURN FROM OPERATIONS, BRIGADIER-GENERAL A.R. JAYNE WILL BE APPOINTED AS DIRECTOR GENERAL CYBERSPACE, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING COMMODORE R. FELTHAM BRIGADIER-GENERAL M.A. NIXON WILL RETIRE FROM SERVICE, RESULTING IN THE FOLLOWING PROMOTION AND APPOINTMENT: (1) COLONEL J.B.P. CARPENTIER WILL BE PROMOTED ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL AND APPOINTED AS COMMANDER JOINT TASK FORCE NORTH, YELLOWKNIFE, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL M.A. NIXON BRIGADIER-GENERAL R.W. ERMEL WILL RETIRE FROM SERVICE, RESULTING IN THE FOLLOWING PROMOTION AND APPOINTMENT: (1) COLONEL D.D. BASINGER WILL BE PROMOTED ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL AND WILL BE APPOINTED AS DIRECTOR GENERAL CAPABILITY AND STRUCTURE INTEGRATION, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL R.W. ERMEL THE FOLLOWING PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS RESULT FROM NEW AND CONTINUING SERVICE REQUIREMENTS: LIEUTENANT-GENERAL S.J. BOWES WILL BE SECONDED TO A NEW POSITION WITH VETERANS AFFAIRS CANADA, IN CHARLOTTETOWN PEI, RESULTING IN THE FOLLOWING PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS: (1) MAJOR-GENERAL M.N. ROULEAU WILL BE PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF LIEUTENANT-GENERAL AND APPOINTED AS COMMANDER CANADIAN JOINT OPERATIONS COMMAND, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING LIEUTENANT- GENERAL S.J. BOWES (2) BRIGADIER-GENERAL P.S. DAWE WILL BE PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF MAJOR-GENERAL AND APPOINTED AS COMMANDER CANADIAN SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES COMMAND, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING MAJOR-GENERAL M.N. ROULEAU (3) COLONEL J.M.S. (STEVE) BOIVIN WILL BE PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL AND APPOINTED AS DEPUTY COMMANDER, CANADIAN SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES COMMAND, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL P.S. DAWE COMMODORE C.P. DONOVAN WILL BE PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF REAR- ADMIRAL AND BE APPOINTED INTO A NEW POSITION AS DIRECTOR GENERAL CANADIAN SURFACE COMBATANT, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON (1) COMMODORE ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED R. FELTHAM WILL BE PROMOTED SUBSTANTIVE TO THE RANK OF COMMODORE AND APPOINTED DIRECTOR GENERAL NAVAL FORCE DEVELOPMENT, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING COMMODORE P. DONOVAN C. COMMODORE H.C. EDMUNDSON WILL BE PROMOTED TO REAR-ADMIRAL AND WILL BE APPOINTED DEPUTY COMMANDER MILITARY PERSONNEL COMMAND, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING MAJOR-GENERAL W.D. EYRE (1) COMMODORE J.A.S. PAGE WILL BE APPOINTED CHIEF OF STAFF OPERATIONS TO THE COMMANDER OF MILITARY PERSONNEL COMMAND, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING COMMODORE H.C. EDMUNDSON (2) CAPTAIN (NAVY) C.S. EARL WILL BE PROMOTED ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED TO THE RANK OF COMMODORE AND WILL BE APPOINTED DIRECTOR GENERAL MARITIME EQUIPMENT PROGRAM MANAGEMENT, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING COMMODORE J.A.S. PAGE BRIGADIER-GENERAL B.W.G. MCPHERSON WILL BE APPOINTED AS COMMANDANT CANADIAN FORCES COLLEGE, IN TORONTO ON, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL K.R. COTTEN (1) COLONEL T.P. DUNNE WILL BE PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER- GENERAL AND WILL BE APPOINTED AS CAF LIAISON OFFICER TO THE PENTAGON, IN WASHINGTON DC (USA), REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL B.W.G. MCPHERSON BRIGADIER-GENERAL D.B. COCHRANE WILL BE APPOINTED COMMANDER NATIONAL CADET AND JUNIOR CANADIAN RANGERS SUPPORT GROUP, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, RESULTING IN THE FOLLOWING PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS: (1) BRIGADIER-GENERAL M. LEBLANC WILL BE APPOINTED COMMANDER 2 CANADIAN AIR DIVISION, IN WINNIPEG MB, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL D.B. COCHRANE (2) BRIGADIER-GENERAL J.R.P. LAROCHE WILL BE APPOINTED AS DEPUTY J3 OPERATIONS WITH UNITED STATES PACIFIC COMMAND (HAWAII), IN PEARL HARBOUR HI (USA), REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL M. LEBLANC (3) BRIGADIER-GENERAL S.N. CLANCY WILL BE APPOINTED AS DEPUTY COMMANDER ALASKAN NORAD REGION, IN ANCHORAGE AK (USA), REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL J.R.P. LAROCHE (4) BRIGADIER-GENERAL E.J. KENNY WILL BE APPOINTED AS DIRECTOR GENERAL AIR READINESS, AT NHDQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING BRIGADIER- GENERAL S.N. CLANCY (5) COLONEL I.S. HUDDLESTON WILL BE PROMOTED TO BRIGADIER-GENERAL AND WILL BE APPOINTED AS DEPUTY COMMANDER FORCE GENERATION, AT 1 CANADIAN AIR DIVISION HQ, IN WINNIPEG MB, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL E.J. KENNY FOLLOWING HIS RETURN FROM OP IMPACT (CHIEF OF STAFF), BRIGADIER- GENERAL ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED D.C. AITCHISON WILL BE PROMOTED SUBSTANTIVE TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL AND APPOINTED DEPUTY COMMANDER US ARMY ALASKA, IN A POSITION THAT HAS BEEN UP-RANKED TO BRIGADIER-GENERAL, REPLACING COLONEL R. PELLETIER BRIGADIER-GENERAL ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED L.P. MCGARRY WILL BE PROMOTED SUBSTANTIVE TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL AND DEPLOY ON OP IMPACT (CHIEF OF STAFF), REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL D.C. AITCHISON COMMODORE M.J.M. HALLE WILL BE APPOINTED TO A NATO ROTATIONAL POSITION AS MARITIME COMPONENT COMMANDER DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF OPERATIONS, IN NORTHWOOD (UNITED KINGDOM) COLONEL M.R. BARKER WILL BE PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER- GENERAL AND APPOINTED DIRECTOR GENERAL AEROSPACE EQUIPMENT PROJECT MANAGEMENT, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON COLONEL C.R. KEIVER WILL BE PROMOTED ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL AND APPOINTED AS DIRECTOR GENERAL AIR STAFF, AT NDHQ, OTTAWA ON CAPTAIN (NAVY) D.M. GARNIER WILL BE PROMOTED ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED TO THE RANK OF COMMODORE AND DEPLOY AS TASK FORCE COMMANDER CTF-150 OP ARTEMIS, IN BAHRAIN BRIGADIER-GENERAL ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED A.T. BENSON WILL BE PROMOTED SUBSTANTIVE TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL AND WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE IN HIS CURRENT APPOINTMENT AS DIRECTOR GENERAL LAND EQUIPMENT PROGRAM MANAGEMENT, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON BRIGADIER-GENERAL ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED S.M. MORITSUGU WILL BE PROMOTED SUBSTANTIVE TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL AND WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE IN HIS CURRENT APPOINTMENT AS DIRECTOR GENERAL MILITARY SIGNALS INTELLIGENCE, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON BRIGADIER-GENERAL ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED V.C. TATTERSALL WILL BE PROMOTED SUBSTANTIVE TO THE RANK OF BRIGADIER-GENERAL AND WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE IN HER CURRENT APPOINTMENT AS DEPUTY COMMANDER CANADIAN DEFENCE ACADEMY, IN KINGSTON ON COMMODORE ACTING WHILE SO EMPLOYED M.T.J. KURTZ WILL BE PROMOTED SUBSTANTIVE TO THE RANK OF COMMODORE AND WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE AS DIRECTOR GENERAL DEFENCE SECURITY, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON, REPLACING BRIGADIER-GENERAL J.P.L. MELOCHE BRIGADIER-GENERAL M.C.D. SAVARD WILL TRANSITION FROM PROJECT LEADER MILITARY PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT CAPABILITY TRANSFORMATION TO DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL MILITARY PERSONNEL POLICY DIVISION, AT NDHQ, IN OTTAWA ON AFTER DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO CANADA AND THE CAF, THE FOLLOWING GENERAL OFFICERS AND FLAG OFFICERS RETIRED IN THE LATTER STAGE OF 2017 OR WILL RETIRE IN 2018: LIEUTENANT-GENERAL J.A.J. PARENT LIEUTENANT-GENERAL J.M.M. HAINSE LIEUTENANT-GENERAL M.J. HOOD LIEUTENANT-GENERAL J.P.J. ST-AMAND REAR-ADMIRAL W.S. TRUELOVE REAR-ADMIRAL J.P.G. COUTURIER REAR-ADMIRAL J.J. BENNETT MAJOR-GENERAL D.L.R. WHEELER MAJOR-GENERAL D.J. MILNER MAJOR-GENERAL J.G. MILNE MAJOR-GENERAL G.D. LOOS REAR-ADMIRAL J.R. NEWTON COMMODORE M.D. WOOD BRIGADIER-GENERAL M.A. FRANK BRIGADIER-GENERAL W. LIEDTKE BRIGADIER-GENERAL J.B.C. DOYON BRIGADIER-GENERAL R.G. MAZZOLIN BRIGADIER-GENERAL K.W. HORLOCK BRIGADIER-GENERAL M.A. NIXON BRIGADIER-GENERAL R.W. ERMEL http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/military-promotions-and-retirements-rcaf-commander-lt-gen-hood-leaving

  • Silicon Valley-style innovation clusters to include aviation companies

    February 23, 2018 | Local, Aerospace

    Silicon Valley-style innovation clusters to include aviation companies

    Canada's aviation and aerospace industries will play a key role in the creation of innovation superclusters similar to Silicon Valley. Air Canada and PAL Aerospace are among hundreds of companies involved in creating five superclusters across Canada, with a $950 million investment from the federal government that will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the private sector. “We think this is important for Canada,” said Catherine Dyer, chief information officer for Air Canada, in an interview with Skies. “We really view ourselves as a leader in this space, and to build capability in this part of the country, and more broadly for Canada, are two things that we think go very nicely together.” Air Canada will be part of the Quebec-based SCALE.AI supercluster, which aims to use artificial intelligence and robotics to build intelligent supply chains, making Canada a world-leading exporter. “Our hope around this is that it will help us become more efficient in how we deal in our operations excellence program, as well as in our cargo business,” said Dyer. “But from my perspective it has got probably further-reaching opportunities in terms of how we enable employees and customers in creating that Air Canada experience that we're all very focused on. “So most immediately it's going to be focused on the logistics components of our business. But we do believe that artificial intelligence, more generally, has got some fairly broad-reaching implications for our company.” Air Canada was a key player in creating the supercluster submission in late 2017 and sees its involvement as a step toward becoming a global leader in supply chain management. SCALE.AI includes 120 partners across Canada from a wide range of industries, including transportation, telecommunications, mining, food, and oil and gas. “We [Air Canada] would be looking at how we could use artificial intelligence to help us see things maybe we don't see when we're looking at it with human brains,” said Dyer. “That really is the purpose of artificial intelligence, is to take the collective wisdom of many people, and the computing power of machines, and apply it to the business problems that we have today.” Air Canada plans to use artificial intelligence to develop new tools that allow it to better manage cargo capacity, resulting in better customer service. “Timeliness is essential when shipping fresh products and employees will have better tools to forecast the need for space in temperature controlled facilities, facilitate tracking and ensure timely delivery,” said Isabelle Arthur, senior media relations manager for Air Canada, in a statement. “Air Canada already uses artificial intelligence in revenue management, to forecast aircraft maintenance, in marketing, in elevating customer experience and communications by partnering with government, universities in Toronto and Montreal to help Canada retake a leadership position.” PAL Aerospace will be part of the Ocean Supercluster in Atlantic Canada, which plans to use innovation to improve competitiveness in ocean-based industries like fisheries, oil and gas, and clean energy. The company will design and execute projects that encourage collaboration with other supercluster members, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and academic institutions, said Derek F. Scott, vice-president of program development for PAL Aerospace, in a statement to Skies. “We aim to use supercluster initiatives to advance our digitalization objectives in our modern ocean surveillance programs such as the ice management services we continue to provide the oil and gas industry today,” he said. “In addition, we intend to use the program to advance opportunities to strategically insert other entities such as SME companies into our solution and supply chain for our domestic and international customers.” He noted Canada has the longest coastline in the world, which spans some of the most challenging ocean environments, including the North Atlantic. “Innovation is a solution to challenge, and Canada has an ocean of opportunity to drive innovation into technologies and capabilities that contribute to Canada's economic growth, sustainability and export growth,” said Scott “PAL Aerospace is a leading example of how ocean innovation contributed to its success and the Ocean Supercluster initiative will now give us an opportunity to capitalize on that strength and create even more success for PAL Aerospace and for those companies and entities that work with us on the program.” Along with the SCALE.AI and Ocean superclusters, three others are planned: The Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster in Ontario, which aims to connect Canada's technology strengths to its manufacturing industry; The Protein Industries Supercluster, based in the Prairies, which intends to make Canada a leading source for plant proteins; and The Digital Technology Supercluster, based in British Columbia, which will use big data and digital technologies to unlock new potential in sectors like healthcare, forestry and manufacturing. More than 450 businesses, 60 post-secondary institutions and 180 other participants are involved in the five supercluster initiatives, according to a government news release. It's expected the superclusters will create 50,000 middle-class jobs and grow Canada's economy by $50 billion over the next 10 years. https://www.skiesmag.com/news/silicon-valley-style-innovation-clusters-include-aviation-companies/

  • Government approves Boeing's participation in upcoming fighter competition

    February 22, 2018 | Local, Aerospace

    Government approves Boeing's participation in upcoming fighter competition

    OTTAWA — The federal government says Boeing has been approved to participate in an upcoming competition to replace Canada's CF-18s, though the U.S. aerospace giant says it still hasn't decided whether it will actually bid. Public Services and Procurement Canada says Boeing, which makes the Super Hornet jet, is one of five companies approved as potential bidders in the multibillion-dollar competition to deliver 88 new aircraft. Boeing had remained on the fence when asked whether it would throw its hat in the ring, saying it was waiting to see how the government would run the competition, which will formally kick off next year. The comments appeared to be in response to the government's plan to change future competitions for military equipment, including fighter jets, to penalize companies deemed to be hurting Canada's economic interests. The proposed change is believed to be a direct response to Boeing's complaints against Bombardier over the latter's C Series passenger jet, which were largely thrown out last month by the U.S. International Trade Commission. OTTAWA — The federal government says Boeing has been approved to participate in an upcoming competition to replace Canada's CF-18s, though the U.S. aerospace giant says it still hasn't decided whether it will actually bid. Public Services and Procurement Canada says Boeing, which makes the Super Hornet jet, is one of five companies approved as potential bidders in the multibillion-dollar competition to deliver 88 new aircraft. Boeing had remained on the fence when asked whether it would throw its hat in the ring, saying it was waiting to see how the government would run the competition, which will formally kick off next year. The comments appeared to be in response to the government's plan to change future competitions for military equipment, including fighter jets, to penalize companies deemed to be hurting Canada's economic interests. The proposed change is believed to be a direct response to Boeing's complaints against Bombardier over the latter's C Series passenger jet, which were largely thrown out last month by the U.S. International Trade Commission. http://ottawacitizen.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/government-approves-boeings-participation-in-upcoming-fighter-competition/wcm/37f57463-1987-47c3-9e9d-ddb2c2dbf338

  • Approved suppliers for Canada’s new fighter jet

    February 22, 2018 | Local, Aerospace

    Approved suppliers for Canada’s new fighter jet

    Publication of the names of entities forming the Suppliers on the Suppliers List This notice is provided in accordance with article 4.2 of the Suppliers List Invitation to publish the names of the entities forming the Suppliers on the Suppliers List. Gouvernement de la République Française - Dassault Aviation (with Thales DMS France SAS and Safran Aircraft Engines) United States Government - Lockheed Martin Corporation (Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company) United States Government - The Boeing Company Swedish Government - SAAB AB (publ) - Aeronautics Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Airbus Defense and Space GmbH https://buyandsell.gc.ca/procurement-data/tender-notice/PW-NGF-002-26574

  • Small drones in the Middle East have become a $330 million problem

    February 22, 2018 | Aerospace, C4ISR

    Small drones in the Middle East have become a $330 million problem

    The threat of small unmanned aerial systems overseas – especially in Iraq and Syria – has been a key focus of top leaders from across the Department of Defense. Groups such as the Islamic State have not only curated a fleet of commercially available drones to use for aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, but they have modified them to drop bombs resulting in a miniature air force. The problem has become so acute that top officials in the region have made counter-drones the top force protection priority. Such systems also threat installations as well, spying overhead or acting as flying bombs on one-way kamikaze missions. As such, the Army is asking for a total of $188.3 million in fiscal 2019 for counter-unmanned air systems. That request combines $69 million from the base budget and $119.3 million from the overseas contingency operations,, according to recently released documents. This strategy is part of a joint operational need statement created in 2017 for the Central Command area of responsibility totaling $332.2 million over the next five years, the line item in the Army's research and development budget states. The counter drone effort will work to identify, develop, test, evaluate and integrate technologies to provide an overall evolutionary capability to defeat drones, especially smaller group one and group two systems that can weigh up to 55 pounds. The effort also involves a phased approach to CENTCOM that will provide interim standalone capability within the first few months eventually achieving a full networked capability by the end of the operational need period. The program will involve kinetic – or what are known as “hard kill” – solutions, development of radar and integration of multi-function electronic warfare with a “full On-The-Move” capability. The anti-ISIS coalition has previously utilized electronic warfare capabilities in theater to counter drones by interrupting their command and control mechanisms. https://www.c4isrnet.com/smr/federal-budget/2018/02/21/small-drones-in-the-middle-east-have-become-a-330-million-problem/

  • Une législation américaine bloque la vente de «Rafale» à l'Egypte par la France

    February 20, 2018 | International, Aerospace

    Une législation américaine bloque la vente de «Rafale» à l'Egypte par la France

    L'information a été révélée par le journal économique français La Tribune. Une nouvelle vente de « Rafale » en Egypte serait bloquée à cause des Etats-Unis. Washington brandit sa législation sur les exportations d'armement pour compromettre la vente de missiles de croisière européen « Scalp » que l'armée égyptienne souhaite à tout prix monter sur ses « Rafale ». Jusqu'à la révolution égyptienne, Le Caire était un très bon client des Etats-Unis, mais les Français et les Russes ont effectué depuis une impressionnante percée dans ce pays. Les autorités françaises essayeraient donc de trouver un arrangement avec les Américains, pour qu'ils autorisent l'exportation vers l'Egypte, de composants fabriqués aux Etats-Unis entrant dans la fabrication de missiles européens. C'est l'un des arguments de poids, des industriels de l'armement sur le vieux continent. « Acheter Européen, pour se soustraire à la domination américaine ». Mais les choses ne sont pas si simples, car les Etats-Unis disposent d'une carte maitresse dans leur jeu, la norme ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulation) destinée à réguler leurs ventes d'armes dans le monde. Le problème, c'est qu'elle ne concerne pas uniquement les matériels fabriqués aux Etats-Unis, mais qu'elle peut s'appliquer à tout système d'arme étranger incorporant un composant américain. Dans le cas de l'Egypte, Washington s'offusquerait de la vente de missiles MBDA Scalp assemblés dans une usine du Loir-et-Cher dans le centre de la France mais dans lesquels se cachent des éléments fabriqués aux Etats-Unis. Il s'agit souvent de petites puces électroniques. La question s'était déjà posée quand la France voulait vendre des Rafale au Brésil, mais cela n'avait finalement pas pesé significativement sur la négociation. Joint par RFI, le Groupe Dassault certifie qu'il n'y a pas de composants américains dans ses avions de combat, mais qu'il y en a effectivement dans les missiles de croisières qu'emporte le Rafale. L'application de la norme ITAR, n'est toutefois pas toujours aussi rigide. Sous l'administration Obama, la France n'avait pas eu trop à s'inquiéter des blocages de Washington pour vendre des armes au Moyen-Orient mais avec Donald Trump la donne est différente. http://www.rfi.fr/economie/20180216-une-legislation-americaine-bloque-vente-rafales-egypte-france

  • Germany's Bundeswehr 'lacks basic equipment' for NATO mission

    February 20, 2018 | International, Aerospace, Land

    Germany's Bundeswehr 'lacks basic equipment' for NATO mission

    The German army reportedly lacks the tents, winter clothes and other essential equipment needed for its deployment in a NATO rapid reaction force. The German defense ministry pledged that the items would be procured. German soldiers do not have enough protective vests, winter clothing and tents to head NATO's 'spearhead force,' the newspaper Rheinische Post reported on Monday, citing a paper presented to the Defense Ministry. The news comes as Germany prepares to take over the leadership of the multinational Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) Army Command at the start of next year, with Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (top picture) under intense pressure to bring equipment up to scratch by then. Read more: Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen: Germany will spend more on its military Commenting on the article on Monday, Germany's Defense Ministry said that combat readiness of German troops would be ensured. "Currently, the selected troops are going through the phase of preparation and mobilization," spokesman Jens Flosdorff said in Berlin. During this phase, the ministry is checking which equipment is already available, and "what is still needed," he said. The authorities are set to complete the process by the end of 2018, at the latest. Flosdorff also said that "Bundeswehr is ready and able to fulfill its commitments," and that the missing items "are being procured." Sleeping cold The Monday report cites the internal paper by Germany's Army Command as stating that the army would lack sufficient tents until at least 2021. According to the Army Command report, 10,282 mobile "accommodation units" are needed for the army's deployment in the VJTF for the period 2018 to 2020, but only 2,500 are currently available — and even these are not fit for purpose. Protective vests and winter clothing were also in such short supply that it would be "impossible" to ensure that demands were met, it said. Last week, German media reported that the Bundeswehr was also lacking sufficient tanks and operational aircraft to fulfill its duties as VJTF leader, along with other equipment shortfalls such as night-vision equipment and automatic grenade launchers. Read more: German military short on tanks for NATO mission 'Scandalous situation' The Rheinische Post said German parliamentarians reacted with outrage to news of the latest deficiencies. "We cannot and will not accept" such supply gaps, said defense expert Fritz Felgentreu from the Social Democratic Party (SPD). The Free Democrat (FDP) politician Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann found even stronger words. "The fact that even basic equipment such as protective vests and winter clothing is in short supply shows what a miserable state the Bundeswehr is in as a result of cutting costs," she said, adding that her party would set up a subcommittee to "look into this scandalous situation" at the next meeting of the Bundestag's Defense Committee. The VJTF is a 5,000-strong force initiated by NATO in 2014 to counter the threat of Russian military aggression against Baltic member states. The force is supposed to be capable of going into action within 24 hours. http://www.dw.com/en/germanys-bundeswehr-lacks-basic-equipment-for-nato-mission/a-42638910

  • DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) United States / Canada Joint Certification Program DD2345

    February 20, 2018 | International, Aerospace

    DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) United States / Canada Joint Certification Program DD2345

    Sydney, Feb 19, 2018 AEST (ABN Newswire) - DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (OTCMKTS:DRSHF) ("DroneShield" or the "Company") is pleased to advise that the United States Defense Logistics Agency, the logistics combat support agency of the United States Department of Defense, has certified DroneShield's subsidiary DroneShield LLC under the United States / Canada Joint Certification Program DD2345 (militarily critical technical data agreement). With this certification, DroneShield LLC has established eligibility to access unclassified export-controlled technical data of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and Canada's Department of National Defence (DND). - United States Defense Logistics Agency has certified DroneShield LLC under the United States / Canada Joint Certification Program DD2345 (militarily critical technical data agreement). - Establishes eligibility to access unclassified military technical data belonging to the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and Canada's Department of National Defence (DND). DroneShield LLC's certification under this program is part of its participation in the U.S. DOD and Canadian DND procurement processes. This announcement follows the recent award to the Company of a NATO Stock Number for its DroneGun MKII product. About DroneShield Ltd Based in Sydney, Australia and Virginia, USA, DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (OTCMKTS:DRSHF) is a worldwide leader in drone security technology. The Company has developed the pre-eminent drone security solution that protects people, organisations and critical infrastructure from intrusion from drones. Its leadership brings world-class expertise in engineering and physics, combined with deep experience in defence, intelligence, and aerospace. http://www.abnnewswire.net/press/en/92055/DroneShield-Ltd-(ASX-DRO)-United-States-Canada-Joint-Certification-Program-DD2345-92055.html

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