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Fixing defence procurement: here we go again

By Pierre Lagueux      

The defence procurement process is in trouble. DND needs to retake its leadership responsibility of the process as per Treasury Board policy that assigns project responsibility to sponsoring departments.

OTTAWA—The long-awaited defence industry report on defence procurement has finally been made public. While there are several recommendations in the report, one in particular has already made the headlines: “Defence industry urges single minister for military procurement,” (The Ottawa Citizen, March 10, 2010). While technically, that is not exactly what the report says, boiled down to its simplest interpretation, that is clearly what it implies. In other words, let’s do away with the Canadian unique structure whereby involvement in defence procurement is shared between DND and PWGSC, and to a lesser extent, Industry Canada, and move to a structure more akin to our allies such as the U.K., the U.S., or Australia. Surely they do a much better job at defence procurement and if we adopt their organizational model, so will we.

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