20 novembre 2023 | Local, Terrestre, C4ISR, Sécurité

Statement from Minister Blair on the Second Biannual Report of External Monitor Jocelyne Therrien

The Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Bill Blair, issued the following statement today regarding the External Monitor’s second status report on the implementation of the recommendations of the Independent External Comprehensive Review (IECR).


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