Global Affairs

Budget Fluctuations and Military Capability

An interesting study was just published by Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) by Ross Fetterly. Governments are always tempted to slice bits off various departmental budgets to cut costs. But, as this article shows for the Department of National Defence, this can actually mean very little cost savings, and yet decrease capability. As Fetterly says, when governments decide to make budget cuts, “short-term decisions can be made that are not necessarily in the best interest of the efficient and effective management of the armed forces.” Using the Royal Canadian Navy as a case study, the paper illustrates the argument. See “The Sub-Optimal Effects of Decreasing Military Capability: A Canadian Study,” available at


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