Strong Secure Engaged Surpasses Expectations
Sep11

Strong Secure Engaged Surpasses Expectations

After a lengthy period of the most extensive public consultation on Canadian defence in a generation, the Trudeau government released its new defence policy Strong Secure Engaged this past June. On the whole, the policy provides a surprisingly clear-eyed outline of the desired objectives for the Canadian Armed Forces and real additional resources to achieve them. If implemented successfully,...

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Fixing procurement
Aug26

Fixing procurement

For some time, Canada’s defence procurement system has been underperforming. The ongoing problems with the defence procurement system have created an anomalous situation, historically unprecedented in Canada, where vast amounts of money set aside to buy capital equipment goes unused each year, despite pressing equipment needs across the entire armed forces. Canada’s procurement problem Since 2007, an average of...

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The other side of Canada’s deal with the Saudis
Mar21

The other side of Canada’s deal with the Saudis

The Canadian Army fights from a world class Light Armoured Vehicle built in Canada by a Canadian company. Purchased in the mid-1990’s, their manufacturer General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-C) is now in the middle of a major upgrade that will extend their armoured vehicle’s useful life for another two decades. This domestic industrial capacity and the word class, made-in-Canada equipment...

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Budget 2014: Back to 2007?

Budget 2014 announced more “budget adjustments” for the Department of National Defence, the fourth budget since 2010 to do so. The two most significant measures are a two-year operating budget freeze, and a re-profiling of $3.1 billion in DND’s capital accrual space beyond the current fiscal planning framework. As a result of Budget 2014, the defence budget, in accrual...

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The capital equipment plan: When budget and ambition don’t meet
Jan11

The capital equipment plan: When budget and ambition don’t meet

In 2008, the Canada First Defence Strategy (CFDS) itemized an extensive shopping list of military equipment. Essentially a 20 year spending plan, CFDS estimated that roughly $60 billion worth of acquisitions would be needed for the Canadian Forces. After more than a decade of spending very little on capital replacement in an effort to contribute to federal deficit reduction,...

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