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National Defence On Track To Blow Past Own Deadline

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Department of National Defence appears set to miss a self-imposed deadline to rebalance the number of reserve soldiers in the military.It...

More Stringent Oversight Of Military Intelligence At DND In Limbo

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.20.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - National Defence has been looking at ways to introduce more stringent oversight of its intelligence operations, but "fiscal restraint" may pr...

Harper's Own Policies Contributing To Defence 'Dysfunction': Report

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A study of Canada's dysfunctional military procurement system became a political football Wednesday as opposition parties pounced on the prem...

Difficult To Find Mental Health Staff For Remote Military Posts: DND

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.30.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - National Defence's pool of candidates for vacant mental health positions dried up quickly last spring when civilian recruits were told they w...

DND Reviews Policy That Ended Careers Of Wounded Soldiers

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Almost a year after facing a barrage of bad publicity, National Defence is having another look at a policy that ended the careers of gravely ...

Internal Analysis Aims To Solve Canadian Military Suicide Crisis

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.05.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Post-traumatic stress is thought to have played a role in only three of ten suicides in the Canadian military last winter, and the majority o...

We Need To Ask the Right Questions About Racism in the Armed Forces

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

Last week, while everyone was getting separation-burnout and Crimea-river syndrome from the relentless coverage of little else, a very important press...

My Wish List For National Defence in 2014

Joyce Murray | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Joyce Murray

My wish for 2014 is a list of fixes for National Defence to improve the confidence and well-being of Canadians, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and their families, members of the military equipment and supply economy, and last but not least those who have left or are leaving CAF service and need support.

The Government's Costly Hot Potato

Gregory Thomas | Posted 06.25.2013 | Canada Politics
Gregory Thomas

If you need a symbol for the budget challenge facing Stephen Harper, look no further than the old Nortel campus in Ottawa's western suburbs. The site is turning into a costly hot potato for the government. Three years ago, military planners shocked analysts with their initial $623 million estimate for fixing the place up. Now the price tag is said to have jumped over 40 per cent.

$2.5 Billion To Be Cut From DND: Report

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.30.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An independent analysis has concluded the waves of federal budget cuts washing over National Defence will run deeper and likely be more painf...

What He Says Canada's Military Isn't Prepared To Handle

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.17.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The military ombudsman says National Defence has not hired enough psychiatrists and other mental-health professionals to deal with a cresting...

So Army Execs Deserve Bonuses and Veterans Don't?

Peter Worthington | Posted 08.21.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Though the Department of National Defence is cutting 1,000 jobs for austerity, some 157 employees will be sharing $2 million in bonuses. The whole bonus tradition in both public service and the private sector should cease. None of us has any control over what the private sector does, but government employees get enough perks as it is without extra money for doing the job they are paid for.

Meet Lawrence Connelly: A Canadian Taxpayer Who's Told He's Not a Canadian

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.25.2012 | Canada Politics
Peter Worthington

Lawrence Connelly was issued a DND birth certificate by the Canadian government when born in Germany. He now lives in Orillia, works in daycare, pays his taxes, and is married with two kids. But when he applied for a passport to go to Disney World in the U.S., the Passport Office told him they needed proof of citizenship, and that has birth certificate wasn't enough.

Major Overhaul Would Whack Quarter Of Command Structure

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government quietly has announced a major shakeup at National Defence, a move that will largely return the military to its pre-Afgh...

Plan B? What Plan B?

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.16.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Senior defence officials concede there is currently no Plan B — or back-up proposal — to deal with delays in the F-35 jetfighter program,...

Injured Veterans Struggle To Enter Workforce

CBC | Posted 02.18.2012 | Canada

Advocates for Canadian veterans say a priority list aimed at helping injured soldiers get jobs in the public service isn't fulfilling its...

Canadian Flag Lowered In Kandahar For The Last Time

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.31.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Maple Leaf flag was hauled down for the last time in Kandahar on Thursday.The quiet ceremony at Kandahar Airfield marked the end of Canad...

Military Honoured For Libya Role

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.24.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government staged an unprecedented military display Thursday on Parliament Hill to celebrate a rarity in modern armed combat...

Report: DND Must Set Aside More Cash

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.22.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's auditor general is raising questions about the practice of contracting out maintenance on military equipment, and warns National Def...

Plucking Canadians From The World's Hotspots

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.07.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Plucking Canadians out of the world's hot spots is a growing area of concern and study for military planners, who until a few years ago didn'...

Canadian Military Needs a Battle on Bureaucracy

Peter Worthington | Posted 12.10.2011 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Lt.-Gen. Andrew Leslie is quoted in Maclean's as having said the "tail," or administrative staff in Ottawa's Defence headquarters, has grown like topsy and "we've got almost as many people in Ottawa as we have in the regular-force deployable army." One is tempted to ask "what else is new?"

Military Exploring Shipwrecks Off The Newfoundland Coast

CBC | Posted 12.10.2011 | Canada

The Department of National Defence is planning to look for ammunition on two Second World War shipwrecks in eastern Newfoundland. ...

F-35s $65 Million Or $135 Million Apiece?

CBC | Posted 12.04.2011 | Canada Politics

An overall $9 billion cost estimate is more honest than relying on individual plane costs, says the minister handling the purchase of Can...

Retired General Pushes For $1 Billion In Defence Cuts

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.03.2011 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The former soldier who's recommended deep cuts at the Department of National Defence headquarters says the Conservative government has an opp...