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Fighter jet debacle shows disconnect between military needs, political decisions

By Scott Taylor      

Last week’s AG report notes: 'The department stated that it needed more qualified technicians and pilots, not more fighter aircraft.' Yet, the government is buying 25 used fighter jets.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan responds to the auditor general's fall report on the fighter jet replacement project in the National Press Theatre on Nov. 20. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—There was a lot of buzz last week following the release of the auditor general’s fall reports. Of note was his conclusion about the state of the Royal Canadian Air Force. He highlighted that there is a chronic shortage of pilots and technicians, and the advanced age of our CF-18 combat planes will soon render the fleet obsolete.

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