Back to overview,Home naval-today DCNS to Contribute to NATO Ballistic Missile Defence View post tag: Ballistic View post tag: europe View post tag: Missile DCNS has been selected – as part of a multinational industrial team led by the US Company Leidos – to participate in the system engineering and the integration of the NATO Ballistic Missile Defence.DCNS will contribute both to the definition and specification and to the integration and test of the NATO Ballistic Missile Defence architectures. The single-award firm-fixed-price contract has a four-year base period of performance, two one-year options plus one eight-month option, and a total contract value of $77 million if all options are exercised.NATO’s goal is to integrate existing and future national weapon systems, sensors, command and control systems with the NATO Battle Management Command Control Communications and Intelligence system to provide an active defence for the protection of the alliance territory and populations, as well as deployed military forces and critical assets, against a large spectrum of ballistic missiles threats.[mappress mapid=”15324″]Image: DCNS View post tag: contribute View post tag: Defence View post tag: NATO View post tag: Leidos View post tag: Naval DCNS to Contribute to NATO Ballistic Missile Defence Authorities View post tag: Navy March 9, 2015 View post tag: DCNS View post tag: News by topic Share this article
Dear Editor,The media recently reported that the Guyana Defence Force has launched an internal investigation into the “initiation beating of a number of new officers of the Force who were recently commissioned. The initiation usually forms part of the ‘welcome into the Force’, but this year, senior officers expressed concerns that those involved in the incident went too far. A number of the new officers had to be taken to the hospital to seek medical attention for various injuries, while a young doctor, who is a reserve officer, was likely to have undergone surgery due to injuries he sustained during training”.In response to this issue, Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan stated that if the allegations turned out to be true, they must be condemned.Firstly, if this kind of physical abuse, which is what it is, has been part of initiation then how come the Minister is not aware of it? Secondly, if the allegations are true, is the Minister saying that condemnation would be a sufficient response? Physical abuse as part of any army training is a ‘tradition’ of the past. Army regulations should be urgently updated to make it clear that any physical abuse of recruits or other army personnel is unacceptable and perpetrators would be penalised. In fact, in the US Army, trainers have to seek the permission of recruits to even touch them. I know because a member of The Caribbean Voice undertook that training.Also, it is well known that globally, armies have the highest rates of suicide, and that army personnel often suffer a range of mental health issues resulting in many veterans never recovering and some often ending up on the streets. Thus, this kind of physical abuse and the resultant trauma at the very beginning of their career can catalyse mental health issues ever earlier than usual.Incidentally, some years ago the GDF had reached out to TCV to help address suicide, but for whatever reason, the subsequent follow-up to formalise plans were met with silence from army personnel who had contacted us. We sincerely hope that if such help was not sought elsewhere then it should be given urgent priority and that overall mental health should be part of the regular annual checkup of all army personnel.On a final note, military and paramilitary entities globally have erected a ‘‘wall of silence” to prevent their transgressions from being known by the public. It is not inconceivable that the same situation exists in Guyana and whistleblowers know that they are putting their lives at risk. Thus, any internal investigation will always be suspect and viewed with scepticism by the public. The Public Security Minister should, therefore, get the Government to set up independent investigation committees to handle issues like this as this would ensure that trust in the army (and Police with respect to other situations such as the ongoing revelations in Berbice and the claims of Police complicity in investigating sexual abuse) would not be eroded as well as to be able to weed out unsavoury practices and personnel.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voice
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(Geoffrey Kelley, Quebec minister responsible for native affairs)Danielle Rochette APTN NewsGeoffrey Kelley, Quebec minister responsible for native affairs, thinks it’s time that the provincial government creates a new, bolstered ministry of Indigenous affairs.Currently, the Secretariat aux affaires autochtones (SAA) is the body responsible for overseeing the relationship between Indigenous people and the Quebec government.For 35 years, this entity has worked with Quebec First Nations and Inuit to facilitate access to programs and services.But, with the spotlight on the relationship between the Quebec government and Indigenous peoples, Kelley says the province needs to overhaul the SAA and pump more funding into a new Indigenous ministry.“The Quebec government is going to have to make sure that it has resources and the structures necessary to respond,” says Kelley, who’s not running for reelection Oct. 1.But Ghislain Picard, regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations for Quebec and Labrador, was surprised by the minister’s comments.“That suggestion that Quebec would be better served by a ministry of Indigenous affairs just does not hold water as long as I am concerned because it is very much paternalistic and it is like turning back the clock,” Picard says.He suggests a government-to-government model similar to Ontario’s ministry of Indigenous relations and reconciliation, which oversees the relationship between Ontario and Indigenous governments.“Our peoples have the capacity and are in the position to be speaking for themselves,” he says.