Daily archives: 7 April 2011

2 posts

Realistic thinking needed from all sides

I was squarely in Eric Lerhe’s court until his last paragraph. I am not as convinced as him that all the hoped for procurements outlined in the current government’s policy – whether in the Canada First Defence Strategy or more recently emerging policy statements – is affordable within the current planned defence budget. Having […]


The Politics of Canadian defence procurement: The F-35 case

Once again, Canada is faced with another complicated military procurement decision. Like other examples before this one, the F-35 procurement involves the competing demands of professional military advice on the one hand, and political judgements about affordability, ‘guns-versus-butter’ trade-offs, transparency, regional equity, and a host of domestic considerations on the […]