Murray Brewster

Defence and security

Murray Brewster is senior defence writer for CBC News, based in Ottawa. He has covered the Canadian military and foreign policy from Parliament Hill for over a decade. Among other assignments, he spent a total of 15 months on the ground covering the Afghan war for The Canadian Press. Prior to that, he covered defence issues and politics for CP in Nova Scotia for 11 years and was bureau chief for Standard Broadcast News in Ottawa.

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At the NATO summit, Trudeau won the argument. Did it matter?

The recent NATO leaders summit saw the collision of two starkly different visions of the alliance - one based on values, the other based on money alone.

Canada to command NATO training mission in Iraq

Canada will assume command of a NATO training mission in Iraq for its first year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday.

Trudeau and Trump talk trade on NATO sidelines

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump met face-to-face today for the first time today since the disastrous G7 summit in Charlevoix, Que., last month.

'No plans to double our defence budget,' Trudeau says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set himself on a political collision course with U.S. President Donald Trump Tuesday by laying out unequivocally that Canada will not meet NATO's benchmark for defence spending.

Cyberattacks targeting Canadian troops in Latvia seem to be easing off

It's been all quiet on the eastern front lately for Canadian troops in Latvia, who say the deluge of fake news and cyberattacks that greeted their arrival in the Baltic state has been dramatically — and somewhat inexplicably — scaled back.

Trudeau set to extend Canada's leadership role in NATO's Latvia mission

The Liberal government plans to extend its NATO leadership role in Latvia for several years, CBC News has learned.

Canada sending police to Mali as part of peacekeeping mission

Canada will deploy up to 20 civilian police officers to support the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali.

DND investigation of possible buried Agent Orange cache goes deeper

A former soldier has led DND officials to the spot where he claims barrels of Agent Orange were buried in the mid-1980s. The department's environmental officials say there will be follow-up, given the uneven growth of vegetation over the site identified by retired military police officer Al White.

Armed with facts, Canada braces for another Trump tirade at NATO summit

Canada is looking to Trump-proof its arguments on a range of defence issues ahead of next month’s NATO summit, but some experts wonder whether it will even register with an intractable U.S. president.

Trudeau's 1st peacekeeping mission just under UN goal of 15% female soldiers

Canada's first major peacekeeping deployment under the Trudeau Liberals will fall slightly short of the United Nations goal in terms of the participation of women, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says.

Federal officials felt 'pressured' to direct frigate repair work to Halifax: documents

Federal officials overseeing the country’s shipbuilding program warned the Liberal government that they were being leaned on to steer up to $1.2 billion worth of repair and upgrade work on naval frigates toward the Irving-owned Halifax Shipyard, internal documents reveal.

Ottawa makes deal to buy three icebreakers for coast guard

The Liberal government has concluded a deal with a Quebec shipyard to buy three medium icebreakers to relieve pressure on the Canadian Coast Guard’s aging fleet. It will give competitors 15 days to challenge the decision to award the contract to Chantier-Davie, of Levis, Que.

Security firm named in lawsuit against Ottawa once accused of recruiting ex-child soldiers

Sabre International Security, the company now at the centre of a lawsuit against the federal government, was accused of recruiting child soldiers in Africa two months before a suicide bomber killed scores of its employees outside of the Canadian embassy in Kabul.

Survivors of 2016 bomb attack on Kabul embassy guards suing Canada for $20.4 million

Survivors of a 2016 suicide bomb attack outside Canada's Kabul embassy, along with the widows of the dead, are suing Ottawa and a private security contractor for money they say they were owed from insurance settlements and for rehabilitation.

New federal cyber strategy skirts questions of security vs. privacy

Canada’s much anticipated cyber security strategy, released Tuesday, has exposed one of the key problems facing the federal government in the digital age: balancing privacy with the need to counter criminal encryption.