Canada is planning to spend $62 billion over next two decades to boost its armed forces' capabilities in offensive cyber-attacks and purchase of armed drones.
Though the plan also calls for the addition of 5,000 more full- and part-time troops, Defense minister Harjit Sajjan did not detail if the spike would mean increased deficit budget or reduced spending in other fields, CTV news reported Wednesday.
It is also unclear, if the Liberal government which is already staring at a deficit projected at $23 billion for 2016-17 would be able to arrange money to achieve its promises.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland emphasized in a major policy speech Tuesday that Canada can no longer rely on the US for its defence to the same extent it has in the past.
While some of the new money will start flowing this year, the taps aren't expected to really open until 2020-21 that is after the next election. But the delay is inevitable because of the amount of time required to buy new warships, fighter jets and other major equipment.
“The current as well as future governments ‘owe it’ to those in uniform to ‘fully fund the Canadian Armed Forces on a long-term footing. And that's what we have done,” Sajjan added.
The money for the first five years has already been included in the government's current fiscal plan, officials said, but they did not mention of decisions over the longer term.
There is no indication that the government plans to increase defence spending to meet NATO's target of two per cent of GDP, which is what US president Trump has demanded of alliance members.
The policy document instead says Canada has been under-reporting its defence spending for years by not including the money spent by other departments on such items as peacekeeping and veterans' benefits. As a result, it says defence spending is actually around 1.19 per cent this fiscal year, which it will increase to 1.4 per cent of GDP by 2026-27.
Canada federal officials stated Thursday that they have been instructed to break off contact with Boeing over the future of Super Hornet fighter jet. The liberal governments trade conflict with Boeing over the future of the Super Hornet fighter jet purchase escalated Thursday with an acknowledgement that federal officials have been instructed to break off contact with the U
Canada has paid $30 million to develop its version of the F-35 fighter jet that could become insurance in the trade dispute between US's Boeing and Canada's Bombardier. The annual payment was made to the US military at the end of April, the Department of National Defence said in the Canadian Press Friday
Canada has cautioned Thursday of cancelling a planned US$2 billion purchase of 18 Super Hornet fighter jets in the wake of anti-dumping investigations initiated by US Department of Commerce against Bombardier. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland issued the threat about Boeing's complaint against Bombardier
The US State Department has approved $195 million worth Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Canada for sustainment support for C-17 aircraft. The Government of Canada has requested a possible sale of follow-on support for five CC177 aircraft (Canadas designator for the C-17), including contractor logistics support (CLS) provided through the Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP), in-country field services support, aircraft maintenance and technical support, support equipment, alternate mission equipment, software support, spares, personnel training and training equipment, U
Lockheed Martin has confirmed delivery of the proposal for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program. BAE Systems, CAE, Lockheed Martin Canada, L3 Technologies, MDA and Ultra Electronics are partnering as Canada's Combat Ship Team (CST) for the Royal Canadian Navy's future fleet of surface combatants
The US State Department has approved a $140 million sale of Raytheon-made AIM-120D Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) for use on Canadian F/A-18 aircraft. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 30, 2017
Equifax, a credit ration agency announced that hackers made away with personal information of an estimated 143 million US consumers. Hackers stole data including social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and driving license numbers
The Canadian government is looking at buying second-hand fighter jets from Australia instead of buying a new fleet of 18 Super Hornets from Boeing. The government is refusing to sign a planned multibillion-dollar contract for Super Hornets as long as Boeing pursues its complaint against Bombardier at the International Trade Commission in the US,
Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has deployed four Boeing CF-18 Hornet fighter jets in Romania for a four-month under NATOs enhanced Air Policing mission. The Canadian aircraft and about 135 supporting Canadian Armed Forces personnel will be based at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, near Romanias second largest city of Constanta on the Black Sea coast,
Australia has created its first military cyber division to expand hacking attacks on foreign enemies, including IS militants,a government minister said on Friday. The team which likely to have 900 people, will be launched within days and will be a central part of Australias defence operations,
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