Looks like some serious trial balloon flying from inside the Conservative government:
Ottawa eyes plan to loosen DND’s grip on military procurement
There’s keen interest in replicating Ottawa’s 2011 success in selecting winners to build $33-billion worth of combat and non-combat vessels without sparking a regional political backlash of the kind that plagued the Mulroney government in the late 1980s. The decision to pick shipyards in Halifax and British Columbia was largely managed by Public Works, not Defence…
Politics aside, I would maintain this choice of shipyards may not actually lead to such good results in terms of actual shipbuilding. See the latter part of this post, and this one:
As for the F-35, some cautionary words from the incoming USAF chief of staff–anyone in the CF, DND and the government paying attention?
Gen. [Mark] Welsh also spoke a cautionary note on the Pentagon’s biggest procurement program, the F-35. “I’m excited about the F-35 because I believe the nation needs it,” he declared, but at the same time, “I am concerned about the program” both because of the funding cuts imposed from without as part of the deficit-reduction package and because of the internal management problems.
“We have not been able to build and deliver jets on schedule or at an accurately predicted cost,” Welsh warned. “If we cannot clearly identify what this airplane costs to buy and to fly … we have no idea how many we can afford.” That requires relentless pressure to keep costs down and stable, including pressure on contractor Lockheed Martin, he said, and as Chief, “That would be a daily event for me.”
Somehow I doubt the daily attention of Bernard Valcourt.
Mark Collins is a prolific Ottawa blogger
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