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As you know, the RCAF Association delivers RCAF Association News direct to your inbox each Friday, briefing you on the latest industry news that impacts your practice. But we know you are busy and may have missed an important article or two. To that end, here's your monthly recap of the top five stories your peers accessed this month. For more articles, or to see what's trending now, visit the RCAF Association News portal. To unsubscribe from this monthly recap, click here.


Photos: Here are the weapons RCAF CF-18 pilots could face
Ottawa Citizen
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) released on Twitter some photos from the Iraqi city of Ramadi, now occupied by its forces. They show some anti-aircraft guns operated by ISIL (it actually looks like the same truck-mounted AA gun, just photographed in different locations). This is the type of threat CF-18 pilots could be facing from the ground.
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How the Harper government lost its way on defence spending
The Globe and Mail
A few years ago, I wrote that no government since that of Louis St. Laurent in the 1950s had done more to improve the defence of Canada than Stephen Harper's Conservatives. The St. Laurent Liberals built up the armed forces to deal with the war in Korea and with the defence of North America and western Europe in the face of Soviet expansionism. At its peak, the defence budget took more than seven per cent of Canada's Gross Domestic Product, and the army, navy, and air force had as many as 120,000 men and women in the regular forces.
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Canada seeks ISR planes for special operations
Defense News
Canada's special operations forces are planning to acquire a small fleet of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to improve their capability to track and target insurgents on the ground. It would be the first time that Canada has fielded such a capability. Four aircraft will be purchased, outfitted with signals intercept capability and sensors to target ground movement. The Royal Canadian Air Force would operate the planes, mainly for the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM), although they can be made available to other units.
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RCAF commander issues statement — CF-18s can do the Iraq mission
Ottawa Citizen
Here is the statement from Lt.-Gen. Yvan Blondin: "As the Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and CF-18 pilot, I wish to dispel any questions pertaining to the relevance of the CF-18. I am completely confident in the ability of the aircraft and personnel to extend Canadian air power anywhere in the world, such as in support of the current air operations underway in Iraq."
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Ottawa: CF-18 upgrades will keep jets flying until 2025
CTV News
The Harper government says it will extend the life of its aging fleet of CF-18 fighters. The jets are an important component of Canada's defence and will be updated to keep them flying for another decade, said Johanna Quinney, a spokeswoman for Defence Minister Rob Nicholson. "We remain committed to ensuring that our brave men and women in uniform have the equipment that they need to do the work that is asked of them," Quinney said in an emailed statement.
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