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Remembrance Day in Ottawa: National War Memorial re-dedicated to recognize Afghanistan mission
The National War Memorial is being rededicated to commemorate all those who have died in the service of Canada.
Princess Anne is on hand for the ceremony, which will see the dates of the Afghanistan mission and the South African War added to the monument.
The last, poignant notes of the Last Post were echoing around the National War Memorial as a gun roared and the bell of the Peace Tower began to toll 11 times.
A second gun blasted out its salute before Pipe Maj. Thomas Brown began to skirl The Lament.
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Conservatives play defence on defence
The Globe and Mail
A poignant Remembrance Day passed with the re-dedication of the War Memorial in Ottawa and the painful, fresh memory of two soldiers slain on Canadian soil by lone-wolf killers.
The dedication ceremony, which Prime Minister Stephen Harper resolutely flew home from China for before taking off again for New Zealand, was beautifully planned and attended by more citizens than ever in recent years.
First week of Iraq war may have cost more than $4 million
While the Conservative government won't publicly put a price tag on Canada's war in Iraq, a Citizen analysis estimates the first week of air operations against the Islamic State cost taxpayers between $2.7 million and $4.1 million.
That means if the Canadian military aircraft tasked with helping the U.S. fight ISIL continue flying at their current pace, the initial six-month mission will cost Canadian taxpayers between $60 million and $90 million.
DND: ISIS weapons hit by CF-18 jets in northern Iraq
The Department of National Defence says the Canadian Forces hit another target believed to belong to Islamic militants in Iraq.
The department said a CF-18 fighter jet hit artillery belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS or ISIL, using laser-guided munitions near Bayji, north of Baghdad. The Canadian Forces believed the equipment could have been used to attack coalition assets, the department said.
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The Pentagon wants an airborne aircraft carrier to launch drones
In the 2012 movie The Avengers, Captain America, the Hulk, Iron Man and the rest of the gang flew on a massive aircraft carrier that carried dozens of planes through the air and disappeared from plain view with the help of a cloaking device. The idea that the U.S. military could develop something similar is still seen as far-fetched, but this much is true: a Pentagon agency has just launched a new effort to develop an airship sure to draw comparisons.
War medal mystery unites families
One rainy day some 60 years ago, Mary Holland spotted a flash of metal at the bottom of a watery ditch. The Mission, B.C., high school student fished the object from the water. It was sterling silver, a cross tipped with three maple leaves and a single crown, a royal insignia wreathed at its heart. The back held an engraving: "F. O. K. D. Wallingford."
Video: F-35C stealth fighter jet makes first aircraft carrier landing
The F-35C fighter jet made its first aircraft carrier landing recently off the coast of San Diego, aboard the USS Nimitz. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive weapons program in American history and has been plagued by technical glitches and budget issues, but the successful landing at sea is being hailed as a major step forward by the Pentagon.
Air Force deployment to Kuwait stirs memories of Persian Gulf War
Establishing a temporary airbase in Kuwait from which to bomb ISIS targets in Iraq represents a homecoming of sorts for Canada's CF-18 Hornets.
Twenty-three years ago, Canada's venerable Hornets — they were almost new then — were part of an allied coalition that liberated this tiny, oil-rich emirate from Saddam Hussein's invading army.
I was on a Royal Air Force VC-10 tanker that refuelled four Canadian Hornets one clear night on the southern edge of Kuwait shortly before U.S. Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf unveiled his famous left-hook strategy.
JSF Program Office looks at Canada F-35 swap
A radical fast-track plan to jump-start Canada's stalled effort to buy the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is revealed in a briefing document obtained by Aviation Week.
A recent brief from JSF Program Executive Office director USAF Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan to Air Force secretary Deborah James calls for Canada to receive four F-35s next year, by diverting them from U.S. Air Force low-rate initial production Lot 7 orders.
Russia preps its North Pole invasion
The Daily Beast
Russia is rapidly building up its military forces in the Arctic in an effort to secure its claims in the frigid region. Starting in 2017, the country will base MiG-31 Foxhound long-range interceptors in long-abandoned Soviet-era bases that it is currently renovating, according to Russian state media.
But basing Foxhound interceptors, which are capable of flying at nearly three times the speed of sound, in the Arctic is just the beginning.
Report: Russia's 'dangerous military brinkmanship' risks 'catastrophic' clash with NATO
Russia is engaged in "dangerous brinkmanship" toward NATO and Nordic nations in its military moves, with almost 40 incidents of incursions and close encounters since March, according to a European security research group.
The European Leadership Network said the incidents present a "highly disturbing picture" of violations of national airspace, emergency air-defence scrambles, narrowly avoided mid-air collisions, close encounters at sea and other dangerous actions on a regular basis over a wide area.
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Second World War Tribute Request
Veterans Affairs Canada
To mark the 75th anniversary of Canada's engagement in the Second World War, beginning September 10, 2014, living Canadian Veterans of the Second World War may request a special commemorative lapel pin and certificate of recognition.
Canadian Aerospace Summit announces first program confirmations
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
The Summit program will feature industry experts on technology, skills, advanced manufacturing, space, and more.
Themed "One World: Delivering Results in a Global Market," the 2014 Canadian Aerospace Summit's conference program will include:
• Barry Kohler, President and CEO, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada
• Perrin Beatty, President, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
• Jayson Meyers, President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME)
• Space panel with senior representatives from NASA and CSA
• Global aerospace trends panel with international industry experts, moderated by Joe Anselmo, Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week
• Major platform presentations with senior representatives of major global OEMs, including Debbie Rub, Vice President and Global Manager, Global Strike, Boeing.
Western SME Day
Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries
November 26, 2014 — Renaissance Harbourside Hotel, Vancouver B.C.
The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) is pleased to present Western SME Day, an opportunity for small and medium-sized businesses in western Canada to learn how to pursue defence procurement opportunities in Canada and internationally.
• Learn how to do business with Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) and how to succeed on the global stage.
• Listen to a panel discussion about the continued evolution of the Defence Procurement Strategy and why it is important to your company.
• Hear presentations from representatives from National Defence, Industry Canada, PWGSC and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.
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Call for Papers: AERO 2015 Conference
Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute
AERO 2015 Conference will be held in beautiful Montréal QC, Canada's largest aerospace hub and home to Bombardier, Bell-Helicopter-Textron, Pratt & Whitney and more. The venue will be at the Delta Hotel on President Kennedy Avenue from Tuesday April 21 through Thursday April 23.
Also part of AERO 2015 will be the Women in Aerospace Reception on Tuesday, the Talent Meets Market Student Breakfast on Wednesday, the Senior Awards Reception and Gala Dinner on Wednesday evening, and the Turnbull Lecture Luncheon on Thursday.
Call for Papers:
Initial abstracts: January 21, 2015
Notification of abstract acceptance: February 4, 2015
Full papers/extended abstracts: April 21, 2015
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