Via The War Files – Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan and transport minister Marc Garneau, announced today that Canada will increase defense spending by 73% over the next 10 years. This will raise the defense budget to $24.2 billion, a significant increase from $13.9 billion. The budget increase will bring the total defense spending to 1.4% of GDP by 2024-25. “If we are serious about Canada’s role in the world, then we have to be serious about funding our military. And we are,” Sajjin said. He added that Canada will hold an open competition to buy 88 advanced fighter jets to replace its aging fleet of 77 CF-18 planes. The Canadian government will also fund the construction of 15 advanced warships to eventually replace existing vessels. In addition, the Air Force will receive new armed drones and surveillance planes, which are nearly 40 years old. The military will also get more cyber operators who will have the authority to conduct online disruption operations against potential threats. There will also be a small increase in the size of the military, including Special Operation Forces. “This new policy affirms Canada’s unwavering commitment to NATO and will ensure Canada has the armed forces and key capabilities that the alliance needs,” NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement. Currently, only five countries of apart of NATO, America/Britain/Greece/Poland/Estonia, currently meet the spending target of 2% of GDP. The latest US figures put America’s defense spending at 3.2% of GDP.