Canada Plans to Increase Spending on North American Defense

The Defense Department welcomes Canada Defense Minister Anita Anand’s June 20 announcement of plans to enlarge Canada’s defense budget and make significant investments in North American Aerospace Defense Command modernization and continental defense, said Air Force Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command. The plans, according to Anand, call for spending $40.4 billion over the next 20 years. A portion of this increase will be allocated to initiatives aligned with the investment priorities established by U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and previous Canada…

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International Naval Forces Partner in Seychelles to Build Cooperation

The world’s largest multinational naval partnership, Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), launched a two-week mission in the Indian Ocean island nation of the Seychelles with other international organizations Sept. 18 to strengthen regional collaboration and enhance operational readiness. CMF is leading Operation Southern Readiness in partnership with the Seychelles People’s Defence Force, European Union Naval Force, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and India which began partnering with CMF earlier this year. This is CMF’s first iteration of Operation Southern Readiness. “Seychelles is a strong regional maritime partner and we…

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