procurement programs

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Plans cannot be rationalized without the strategic perspective

The F-35 purchase and NSPS elicit the same question for me: “What is the government’s concept for the employment of Canadian military force in a future conflict?”  The F-35 contract suggests a front-line, high-risk combat role against a peer competitor.  But, our history of procurement in peace and war suggests that we are […]

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The F-35 tender and related maritime projects

The question of cost factors over the F35 purchase were swirling before the election, but the connection between that project and the National Ship Procurement Strategy (NSPS) was not made until after the election began. Dr. Robert Finbow, a Faculty Fellow with the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, solicited commentaries […]

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Secretary of Defence Gates’ vision of the future

On 25 February at West Point, The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates provided a very clear picture of future U.S. defence strategy. (See the text of the speech here.)  It was not what many had expected given the heavy U.S. land commitment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of the […]

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Arguments for increased investment in the Joint Support Ship Project

The Government is presently debating whether to buy two or three of the Joint Support Ships, and how to resolve its bidding dilemma. Both teams, led respectively by SNC-Lavalin Profac Inc. and Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems Canada, were unable to deliver three ships for the amount stipulated by the government. […]

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The AOR – JSS ‘Gap’

This February, David Pugliese reported that a leaked copy of the Canada First Defence Strategy would retire our current AOR in 2010, two years before the JSS was delivered in 2012. Many critiqued this plan as it cut a critical capability without providing any savings. I called the plan “harebrained” […]

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Accrual accounting – For Canada First only?

Mea Culpa. This article by Murray Brewster points out what I should have picked up on before – the much ballyhooed tank acquisition announced in April DIDN’T include an amount for in-service support. Apparently, so far as I can determine, (a query has been forwarded to local Public Affairs, and […]

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An appetite suppressant for procurement? (IV)

Eugene Lang, former chief of staff to Liberal Defence Ministers John McCallum and Bill Graham, and current policy adviser to the Liberal Party of Canada asks similar questions about the policy decision to scrap the MGS in favour of the Leopard II. Curiously, he claims his former boss, Graham, let […]

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An appetite suppressant for procurement? (III)

The initial post raises two general questions: 1) How does Canada plan its equipment purchases? 2) How is Canadian equipment transported overseas once purchased? On point one, the recent decision to purchase Leopard tanks has caused much consternation from both those favourable to their purchase, and those opposed. The latter, […]

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An appetite suppressant for procurement? (II)

To echo Eric’s Very nicely said comments, some of the recent fast-tracked programmes have made a lot of sense: especially in comparison with the glacial slowness of many acquisition programmes during the Jean Chretien “Decade of Darkness.” Opposition defence critics would prefer the purchase of the ‘paper’ Airbus A – […]

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