defence procurement

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Getting Procurement Right

There has been much talk over the years about problems in the process of procuring military assets. Procuring ships for the navy, in particular, receives attention because of the size of the project budgets, and the rarity of ships getting built. If the government procures ships every 20 years, whatever […]

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Thinking about Procurement Options

The Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) has published another great paper by Ian Mack. It’s called “Another Way to Buy Frigates.” As the title suggests, there are ways other than the system Canada currently uses to organize the procurement of naval capabilities. Mack asks what Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy can […]

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Lockheed Martin to supply new SSR to Canada and Japan

It would appear by the following press release from Lockheed Martin on 14 Nov 2019 that Canada has indeed selected the Lockheed Martin Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) as its main Air Warning radar for the CSC frigate. This, it seems, was a closely guarded secret by LM and its […]

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More Thoughts on the Canadian Surface Combatant (II)

The discussion in this BLOG on the NSPS has tended towards several themes. First, a belief that the Canadian Navy is proposing a fleet that is based on Cold War requirements which are no longer valid and too expensive. Second that we need to have a Fleet that includes the […]

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No such thing as a bargain in defence procurement*

Canadians need to be clear-eyed that if we want to have a modern, rightly equipped, capable Canadian Armed Forces, our geostrategic position practically dictates that we pay more for equipment to meet our unique operational requirements. This is why purchasing “off-the-shelf” (OTS) military equipment is so problematic. OTS refers to […]

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New Vimy Paper by Dave Perry – “The Growing Gap Between Defence Ends and Means”

The following announcement was sent out by the Conference of Defence Associations Institute: Ottawa, 11 June 2014 – The Conference of Defence Associations Institute is pleased to release Vimy Paper 19: “The Growing Gap Between Defence Ends and Means: The Disconnect between the Canada First Defence Strategy and the Current […]

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Federal Defence spending versus Federal Health and Education spending

Tim Dunne’s article on government expenditures shows that provincial spending on health and education are huge in comparison to what the federal government spends on defence. The province of Quebec spent 30.4 percent more and the province of Ontario spent 108 percent more on health care alone than the estimated […]

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