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According to David McGuinty, the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians’ 2019 activities will assess enforcement and admin of immigration and customs laws and privacy issues.

The defence portion of the 2019 federal Budget includes renewing the Government's Middle East Strategy, and the security portion suggests changes to the business model of the Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA).

A new U.S. report indicates that the effects of climate change should be considered an issue of national security with potential impacts on DoD missions and military installations around the world over the next two decades.

An ambitious proposal to enhance the Canadian Armed Forces’ electronic warfare capabilities moved a step closer to fruition today with the publication of a Letter of Interest (LOI) to prospective suppliers, posted by Public Services and Procurement Canada (Buyandsell.gc.ca). The deadline for industry responses is 13 May 2019, and an industry day is proposed for sometime this summer.

4 Feb – Prime Minister Trudeau made it clear today that he is unwilling to be drawn into debate over foreign military intervention in Venezuela after President Donald Trump had indicated that “all options” were on the U.S. table. 

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Ralph Goodale remains unconvinced that the US border with Canada merits more attention than it currently gets.

Cybersecurity is expected to be featured prominently in the first annual report from the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians.

While the Government Accountability Office notes that the DOD faces “new challenges as adversaries try to steal national security information and technology at unprecedented rate, ” the White House eliminated its Senior Cyber Policy Office.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has confirmed that the RCMP and CSIS are investigating a report that cell phone use around Parliament Hill is being snooped on through their unique subscriber identify module or simcard.

Richard Fadden, who announced his retirement last week after nearly 40 years of public service, told CBC Radio's As It Happens that while ISIS does not pose an "existential" threat to Canada, it is accomplishing its prime objective of breeding terror.

The U.S. National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS), managed by the Department of Homeland Security, is only partly successful in detecting and preventing intrusions at federal agencies, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).