Murray Brewster

Senior reporter, 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.

Latest from Murray Brewster

Ottawa should consider permanent workforce to tackle natural disasters, committee says

A House of Commons committee is calling on the federal government to consider creating a permanent disaster management workforce that can be mobilized quickly in the event of wildfires, hurricanes and other natural calamities.

Canada, Germany and Norway discussing a security pact to cover the North Atlantic and Arctic

Canada, Germany and Norway are discussing the possibility of a trilateral defence and security partnership covering the North Atlantic and the Arctic — an arrangement that could be broader and deeper than previously thought.

Outgoing NATO chief says China should face consequences for backing Russia's war on Ukraine

NATO’s secretary general called out Beijing on Wednesday, saying China “cannot have it both ways” when it comes to the war in Ukraine.

Anand defends hesitation to further invest in defence as NATO secretary general arrives in Canada

The cabinet minister in charge of the federal treasury says it doesn't make sense to pour vast amounts of money into the Department of National Defence until it has the capacity to spend what it's being given.

Military lacks the power to address many soldiers' complaints about pay, benefits: report

A new report from Canada's military watchdog says the leadership of the Armed Forces is often hamstrung in its ability to address grievances from within the ranks.

Rising economic indicators pushing Canada further from NATO spending target, MPs hear

Newly revised economic data suggests Canada's pledge to bring its defence spending closer to NATO's benchmark is coming off the rails already, a House of Commons committee heard Monday.

Lawyer for officer suing federal government calls for outside probe of military police

The lawyer representing the former head of the Canadian Armed Forces personnel branch is calling on Defence Minister Bill Blair to bring in either the RCMP or the Ontario Provincial Police to review the “professional competency” of military police and its leadership.

Protecting trainers Canada's priority as France pushes new mission in Ukraine, top soldier says

Protecting military trainers in the event they're deployed back into Ukraine is the top consideration for Canadian defence planners as France steps up pressure on allies to join its training initiative, Canada's top military commander says.

Canada risks 'diplomatic isolation' if it fails to meet NATO spending target, business leaders warn

One of the country's leading business voices is warning that Canada faces "diplomatic isolation" if it's not prepared to deliver a concrete plan next month to raise defence spending to meet NATO's benchmark.

As the survivors fade into history, the world marks a D-Day anniversary like no other

The annual gathering of western leaders in Normandy is always steeped in symbolism — an occasion for the nations whose troops stormed these beaches eight decades ago to reflect on wars both past and present.