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Airbus search plane contract faces court challenge from losing bidder

Feb 22 2017 — Murray Brewster — The losing bidder in the race to replace Canada’s fixed-wing search and rescue fleet is asking a Federal Court judge to toss out the multibillion-dollar contract, CBC News has learned. Leonardo S.p.A., which offered its C-27J transport for the competition, filed notice of legal action in January, but only delivered supporting arguments and affidavits to […]

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Vice-Admiral Mark Norman owed the ‘decency’ of silence while system works: Vance

Feb 18 2017 — Murray Brewster — The country’s top military commander delivered a heartfelt appeal for privacy and an end to the speculation surrounding the fate of his deputy. Gen. Jonathan Vance, speaking to reporters Friday, said the extraordinary situation involving Vice-Admiral Mark Norman requires him to maintain a dignified silence. He once again refused to explain why he ordered Norman […]

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Canadians prepare to face cyberwarriors and fake news in Latvia mission

Feb 17 2017 — Murray Brewster — The first Canadian troops will arrive in Latvia in June, kicking off a much-anticipated NATO deployment to restrain potential Russian ambitions in eastern Europe, Gen. Jonathan Vance said Friday. Roughly 450 Canadians will form the backbone and leadership of a multinational battle group that will eventually number between 1,200 and 1,500 troops. Four countries — […]

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Trump’s battle with U.S. intelligence community could slow the flow of key security info to Canada

Feb 17 2017 — Murray Brewster — Canadian intelligence agencies could end up feeling the pain of the bruising political fight unfolding in Washington over leaks and the alleged ties of some in the Trump administration to Russia, experts warned on Thursday. Stung by claims it is deliberately leaking damaging information to undermine the new president, the U.S. intelligence community could become […]

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Ex-soldier and cancer survivor evicted during wait for military pension

Feb 9 2017 — Murray Brewster — In receiving her second cancer diagnosis within the span of two years, Tricia Beauchamp’s doctor said something that stuck with her. “It’s called unlucky,” she recalls him saying. Beauchamp is a retired air force sergeant and single mother who spent 27 years in the military’s logistics branch as a traffic technician. In that role, it […]

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Irving Shipbuilding consults with Ottawa on frigate design delay

Feb 3 2017 — Murray Brewster — The Trudeau government is considering an extension to a call for bids from defence contractors interested in designing and equipping Canada’s next generation of combat ships. Last fall, the federal cabinet approved the release of a long-anticipated request for proposals for an off-the-shelf warship design and combat systems. Pre-qualified defence companies lined up for the […]

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Stopgap Super Hornet purchase could have $5B to $7B price tag

Jan 31 2017 — Murray Brewster — The Trudeau government has begun talks with Washington about the sole-source purchase of up to 18 Super Hornet jet fighters. The measure, intended as a stopgap solution to ease pressure on the air force’s aging fleet of CF-18s, could cost taxpayers between $5 billion and $7 billion over the lifetime of the aircraft, according to […]

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Prior leaks of navy info were on RCMP’s radar prior to vice-admiral’s removal

Jan 20 2017 — Murray Brewster — The RCMP conducted at least two prior investigations into leaks of sensitive information involving naval projects before this week’s suspension of the military’s second-highest ranking officer, sources tell CBC News. The revelation comes at the same time the Trudeau government has quietly moved to reassure allies that no foreign intelligence data was compromised in relation […]

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Suspended vice-admiral being investigated for alleged leak of classified shipbuilding data

Jan 17 2017 — Murray Brewster — An allegation that Canada’s second-highest ranked military commander leaked classified technical information related to the country’s shipbuilding program is being investigated by the RCMP, CBC News has confirmed. Mystery still shrouds the sudden removal of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, but sources say the Mounties became involved after it was determined an investigation of the accusations by […]

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Veterans help troubled ex-soldier with $200,000 in legal bills

Jan 15 2017 — Murray Brewster — A public fundraising campaign is underway to help one of Canada’s highest-decorated former soldiers from the Afghan war clear a mountain of debt from a legal battle to clear his name. Retired master corporal Collin Fitzgerald faced three criminal charges over three years, all of which were withdrawn by the Crown under various conditions. Throughout […]

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Upgrading frigate air conditioning will cost navy $50 million

Jan 13 2017 — Murray Brewster — National Defence is quietly spending $50 million to upgrade giant air conditioning units aboard the navy’s frigates after discovering sophisticated new electronics and weapons systems — installed as part of a recent $4.3 billion mid-life refit — could overheat. Documents obtained by CBC News show the problem was pointed out five years ago as contractors […]