National Shipbuilding and Procurement Strategy

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What the ‘Third Party Report’ does (and does not) say about Irving Shipbuilding.

There was a lot of uproar when CBC’s Terry Milewski published a report (“Ottawa was warned about Arctic patrol ships’ high price”) that led with this statement: “Two days before signing a contract to begin work on a $3-billion shipbuilding project, the federal government was warned by its own advisers […]

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A reply to Jack Granatstein about shipbuilding in Canada

Jack Granatstein, one of Canada’s foremost historians, has written a significant op-ed for the Ottawa Citizen (“National interests collide in shipbuilding strategy,” 30 October 2013).   In it he quite correctly argues for a realistic assessment of the additional costs of made in Canada solutions versus what might be cheaper foreign […]

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A Review of “That Sinking Feeling: Canada’s Submarine Program Springs a Leak.”

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Rideau Institute jointly released a report on 11 June by Michael Byers and Stewart Webb entitled That Sinking Feeling: Canada’s Submarine Program Springs a Leak. The CFPS Maritime Security Policy Program Research Team has examined the report in detail and our evaluation […]

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Will home-grown shipbuilding be a boondoggle or a bonanza?

Michael Whalen, a professor of marketing and international business at Mount Saint Vincent University, wrote a letter to the editor of the Chronicle Herald on 26 May and asserted “Home-grown shipbuilding [is] bound to be a boondoggle.”  He suggested that two serious problems exist with the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy […]

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Titanic Blunder or a Good Compromise?

Michael Byers and Stewart Webb have authored an interesting report published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Rideau Institute entitled “Titanic Blunder: Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships on Course for Disaster.” Byers and Webb claim that the government is heading for disaster with the AOPS project: the ships are […]

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Problems with Naval Ship Procurement?

Radio Canada’s le téléjournal ran an investigative report Tuesday and Wednesday on naval ship procurement.  The opposition parties are claiming that government incompetence could lead to massive overspending under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.  The Radio Canada report uses the Joint Support Ship (JSS) project as an example to assert […]

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What do quick changes to naval strategic and operational leadership mean?

The recent list of senior promotions and appointments from DND has prompted a flurry of comments about what it all ‘means’. Eleven flag-rank officers will retire and a series of 47 different appointments and promotions will result as candidates are shuffled and moved up.  As usual, the new appointments dominated […]

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Yes, Virginia, military equipment IS expensive (or, what may be ahead for the navy’s major ship replacement programs?)

Yes, the F-35 procurement has been a debacle, with many to blame. But, this should not blind us to the sub-text here, a Canadian meme aided and abetted by irresponsible politicians of every political stripe, by the media who smell blood in the water, and analysts who should know better. […]

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