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xx BattlePro for iOS - Testers Wanted

February 02, 2016, 10:38:38 by Mike Bobbitt
I'm in the process of making some updates to the app, and prior to releasing it to the general public I am looking for a few willing volunteers to help test. You need an iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod), and the TestFlight app installed.

If you're interested, please send me a PM with the email address I can use to register you for testing. (It's an Apple requirement.)

Cheers and thanks
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xx Military Ill-prepared for Peacekeeping - G&M

February 02, 2016, 19:55:13 by Dimsum
....For the last decade, he says, the army has specialized in counter-insurgency warfare because of the combat mission in Kandahar and other skill sets — once second nature to Canadian training — were relegated to the back burner.

Dorn says the complexities of modern peace operations require in-depth training and education, on subjects including the procedures, capabilities and limitations of the United Nations.

He says Canada is currently far behind other nations in its readiness to support the United Nations and train for modern peacekeeping.

“Special skills, separate from those learned in Afghanistan and warfare training, would need to be (re)learned, including skills in negotiation, conflict management and resolution, as well as an understanding of UN procedures and past peacekeeping missions,” said the report.

“Particularly important is learning effective co-operation with the non-military components of modern peacekeeping operations, including police, civil affairs personnel and humanitarians, as well as UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the local actors engaged in building a viable peace.”

The focus of training at both the Canadian Forces Command College in Toronto and the army staff college in Kingston, Ont., is on “taking part in ‘alliance’ or NATO-style operations,” Dorn concluded....

Is it just me or does this report seem like a slap in the face to the OMLT, POMLT, etc folks who worked with, and trained, Afghan authorities during OPs ATHENA and ATTENTION?  I'm pretty sure we did some negotiation, conflict management and resolution there as well.
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xx Interview with Retd LGen Day

January 21, 2016, 07:45:38 by dangerboy
Here is a newspaper article with an interview with Retd LGen Day:

Ret. Lt.-Gen. Michael Day sat down with Embassy for an interview Jan. 14. He retired in September 2015 from a more than 30-year career in the Canadian Armed Forces, having served as the commanding officer of JTF2, Commander Canadian Special Forces Operations Command and Chief Strategic Planner for Force Development. He also led the NATO training mission in Afghanistan.

Article in link above

I think his comments on the Canada Defence First Strategy are very true and I hope the current government read them.
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clip 16 Jan 2016: 6 x CDNS killed in Burkina Faso attack

January 16, 2016, 19:20:43 by
The latest, from The Canadian Press:
Six Canadians died in an attack on a luxury hotel in Burkina Faso, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Saturday.

Four jihadist attackers linked to al-Qaida were killed by Burkina Faso and French security forces hours after they stormed the Splendid Hotel and nearby Cappuccino Cafe in Ouagadougou, establishments popular with westerners in the West African country's capital.

At least 23 died in the attacks, from 18 different countries, in the attack on the Splendid Hotel and nearby Cappuccino Cafe, establishments popular with westerners in Ouagadougou.

Trudeau issued a statement strongly condemning the attack that began late Friday and ended Saturday.

"On behalf of all Canadians, we offer our deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of all those killed and a speedy recovery to all those injured. We are deeply saddened by these senseless acts of violence on innocent civilians,'' he said in the statement.

The statement did not give any information on the identities of the Canadians. The federal government is normally prohibited from providing such information due to privacy laws ...
Our PM's comments:
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement condemning the terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, that killed several people, including six Canadian citizens, and injured many more.

"Canada strongly condemns the deadly terrorist attacks that took place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

"On behalf of all Canadians, we offer our deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of all those killed and a speedy recovery to all those injured. We are deeply saddened by these senseless acts of violence on innocent civilians.

"We have offered assistance to the Burkinabé authorities in their investigation of this terrible crime."
Map of where Burkina Faso is in Africa attached.

More in the news on this attack here (Google News) and here (European Commission news aggregator).

More on the country here (CIA World Factbook), here (BBC) and here (Wikipedia)

A bit of its conflict history at the International Crisis Group (short & sweet monthly updates) here.

Starting this here in Current Events - may move into African mega-thread once events/explanations settle a bit.
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