24 novembre 2021 | Local, Aérospatial, Naval, Terrestre, C4ISR, Sécurité

2021 Halifax International Security Forum – Anita Anand Opening Remarks

Defence Minister Anita Anand delivers opening remarks as the 13th annual Halifax International Security Forum gets underway. The three-day conference brings together security and defence experts, political leaders and academics from around the world. Minister Anand begins her remarks by commenting on the flooding that has ravaged the southwestern part of British Columbia. (November 19, 2021)

https://cpac.ca/episode?id=088a09be-8740-4d2e-b028-8069f0cba5e6

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    11 janvier 2021 | Local, Naval

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  • UAVs remain a persistent problem around Canadian airports

    7 janvier 2019 | Local, Aérospatial, Sécurité

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    13 février 2019 | Local, Aérospatial, Naval, Terrestre, C4ISR

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