First, from an earlier post of mine:
The Canadian Forces’ Great Procurement Black Hole
2) Report urges Ottawa to get tough on [Cyclone] helicopter deal
Despite the authors’ links to the mostly hard-core, anti-defence, leftist Rideau Institute (which brings you Ceasefire.ca) they are on the right track here. The Maritime Helicopter procurement has been a disgrace, lots more here. Never. Buy. A Paper. Aircraft.
Now some choice words from Defense Industry Daily on the program’s delays, and on greater transparency in our military procurement:
Canada’s CH-148 Cyclones: Better Late, or Never?
…Canada’s balkanized responsibilities, consistent insistence on specifications not met by anything in the marketplace, and an unaccountable public service culture [I think the CF are included here] which has included deceiving Parliament, must also be considered as factors. Ottawa Citizen.
…Not going to happen – certainly not from this government, and probably not from any other party’s government, either. The culture of denial and coverup in Canada’s public service is too established and too deep, and none of the 3 major parties shows any signs of challenging it. See also Epoch Times | National Post | Reuters …
Yikes. The full piece is depressing account of this long and indefensible saga.
Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Research Fellow at the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute