Historically, the Canadian government has promised big things to the Department of National Defence, but has consistently struggled to deliver on its commitments. This problem spans multiple governments, during both war and peacetime and stems from a self-imposed challenge to concurrently deliver on the Canadian Forces’ requirements, create jobs and industrial benefits for Canadians, and to fit it all in a tight, fixed budget envelope. This brings us to the question: is the current government any different from its predecessors? And, as such, will Strong, Secure, Engaged—the federal government’s long-term plan for the Canadian military—leave no man behind or will it continue to stumble where so many have in the past?
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