Policy Briefing: Military Procurement Policy Briefing
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. Craig Stone says it's time for the government to articulate, in one document, the long-term strategic connections and competitive advantages they want to achieve with the variety of policies that exist today.
In the larger context, this is an improvement over what existed in the past, but Canadians should be looking for their government to articulate a coherent defence industrial strategy in one document rather than a collection of documents.
Canada recently deployed two ships to Asia-Pacific waters to join allied American and Asian navies in a deterrence mission. More naval missions may occur as China asserts its claims on the South China Sea.
There are good reasons why Canada promotes human rights and the rule of law in the world; there are also good reasons why Canada needs to continue sustaining industrial capacities that are defence and security-relevant, including the promotion of related exports.
It is very possible that these respective strategies will achieve their goals of bypassing the boom-and-bust eras, but ongoing challenges serve as a reminder that even with the best-laid plans, naval shipbuilding remains a complicated affair.
If Canada is serious about improving its defence procurement system, it requires a comprehensive set of reforms that addresses multiple issues simultaneously. There is no silver bullet that will solve the majority of the problems.
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