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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.

Defence procurement and the need for a defence industrial strategy

Opinion|Craig Stone
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.
The idea that military spending can be cranked up by 70 per cent over 10 years, as envisioned in Strong, Secure, Engaged, looks increasingly fanciful.
Our government remains focused on supporting our brave women and men in uniform and delivering on the commitments we’ve made under Strong, Secure, Engaged.
News|Neil Moss
DND says its focus is on the Victoria-class modernization, and it won't be exploring replacement options until the modernization is 'well underway.'
Andrew Scheer and a new Conservative government will keep us safe by strengthening our Canadian Armed Forces, honouring our commitments to our NATO allies and enhancing our participation in NORAD.
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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