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Replacing the CF18
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The replacement of the Canadian military's fleet of CF-18 fighter aircraft is not only one of the key issues facing the Canadian Forces, but a decision that will shape Canada's military and defence policy for years to come. Over the coming weeks, the CDA Institute will be posting to this blog a series of commentaries written by Richard Shimooka, which will provide his perspective on the issues at stake with each of the major contenders to replace the CF-18. More

Inside the F-35
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A blazing hot December morning. High blue skies. Wide open spaces. This is Fort Worth, Texas, famous for its frontier atmosphere, its stockyards, rodeos, Art Deco and the vast Lockheed Martin factory. Boasting a mile-long aircraft assembly plant, opened on April 18 1942 which was the day Lt Col Jimmy Doolittle led the first Army Air Corps raid on Japan. More

New Veterans Charter media kit
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The New Veterans Charter is designed to meet the increasingly complex health and social needs of ill and injured Veterans, Canadian Forces members and their families. As a result, the New Veterans Charter offers both immediate and ongoing financial support while also providing full physical and psychological rehabilitation services, vocational assistance, health care benefits and one-on-one case management. More

National Volunteer Week 2013
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At Volunteer Canada, we understand that National Volunteer Week campaign planning takes a lot of hard work. We want to support individuals, voluntary organizations and volunteer centres nationwide in their efforts to thank volunteers. That's why this page is full of free, downloadable tools to assist you. Scroll down to access resources for each component of your NVW 2013 campaign. More

Queen's Park flags at half mast for former speaker
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Former Peterborough MPP and Queen's Park Speaker John Turner was remembered by colleagues and friends as a kind man with an abiding sense of decency and a distaste for political partisanship. Turner, 90, who recently passed, served as the Progressive Conservative MPP for Peterborough from 1971 to 1975, and again from 1977 to 1987. More

Boeing delivers Indian Air Force's first C-17 to flight test
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Boeing delivered the first of 10 C-17 Globemaster III airlifters for the Indian Air Force. India's first C-17 will now enter a U.S. Air Force flight test program at Edwards Air Force Base in Palmdale, Calif. Boeing is on track to deliver four more C-17s to the IAF. More

Conservative government open to extending Mali air force mission
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The federal government has ruled out sending combat troops to Mali but is leaving the door open to keeping a transport aircraft in the region to shuttle equipment. Officials with both foreign affairs and the defence departments insisted that no decision had been made yet on extending the mission of the Royal Canadian Air Force C-17 that has been shuttling French military gear between France and Mali for almost a week. More

L.V.J. Vern Small, 93
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He had signed up in 1940 after spending his Depression-era teens working on the family farm to save his homesteader parents the cost of a hired hand. He returned in 1945 as an accomplished Royal Canadian Air Force navigator, a flight lieutenant on a Lancaster bomber crew in the Pathfinder Force, one of 213 Canadian airmen awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross and an accompanying Bar. More

RCAF's desire to rely on allies or contract out refuelling
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There's been some interesting fallout from the Canadian Forces decision on the future of air-to-air refuelling in the RCAF. As Defence Watch readers may recall, the KMPG audit on the F-35 released recently contained quite a tidbit of information. More

Former top defence official defends handling of F-35 file
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The man who for seven years oversaw billions of dollars in military contracts and purchasing is defending the way he and his Defence Department staff managed the F-35 stealth fighter program. Dan Ross, the former assistant deputy minister of defence materiel, blames the Harper government's culture of secrecy, and a lack of accountability at all levels of government, for the project having run so disastrously off the runway. More


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