October 27, 2016
A new damning indictment of defence procurement in Canada is being published by Dundurn Press in its Point of View series.
Professor Kim Richard Nossal of the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University surveys the mess that successive governments — both Liberal and Conservative — have made of the defence procurement process in Canada.
We all know that new equipment is desperately needed for the Canadian Armed Forces, but most projects are behind schedule, over budget, or both. Not only has mismanagement cost Canadian taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, it has also deprived Canada and the CAF of much-needed military capacity.
But governments have managed the complexities of defence procurement so poorly that it will take years before the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Canadian Air Force, and the Canadian Army regain the capabilities they need. While every new prime ministers invariably come to power promising to fix problems inherited from their predecessors, getting it right has remained frustratingly elusive.
Charlie Foxtrot offers a fresh take on this important policy issue. It shows why governments have found it so difficult to equip the CAF efficiently, and offers a set of political prescriptions for fixing defence procurement in Canada.
Charlie Foxtrot will be available from Dundurn in December at https://www.dundurn.com/books/Charlie-Foxtrot