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What’s Canada Buying? November 7, 2012

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  • F-35 Tug o’ War (1)  Remember the NDP saying “a $645,000 outside audit of the controversial F-35 fighter jets acquisition was a ploy to delay public release of new cost forecasts for the stealth jets that the government had nearly seven months agobased on a written answer to a question in the House of Commons?  Well, the document in question is Sessional Paper 855-411-847 – the Library of Parliament says the document can’t be shared because it “is to be used solely for the purpose of research or private study.”  If you want a copy of the document itself, you can send an e-mail to info@parl.gc.ca (they typically do a great job of responding quickly).  Since the media isn’t sharing all the answers, though, here’s the question and answer for you, for the record:  “Q:  With regard to the Action Plan for the National Fighter Procurement Secretariat: (a) where will the Treasury Board obtain the data regarding the F-35 costs that it intends to use in its review, as per the sixth point of the plan; (b) will the re be an independent review of the data sources used in the review; and ( c) will the criteria, process and results of the review be made public (i) if yes, wh en, (ii) if no, why not?
    A:  On April3, 2012, the Government announced a seven-point action plan in response to findings and recommendations of Chapter 2, Replacing Canada’s Fighter Jets of the 2012 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada. As part of this action plan, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat is commissioning an in dependent review of the National Defence’s acquisition and sustainment project assumptions, and potential costs for the replacement of the CF-18s.
    (a) where will the Treasury Board obtain the data regarding the F-35 costs that it intends to use in its review, .asper the sixth point of the plan;  The Treasury Board Secretariat will obtain the data regarding the F-35 lifecycle costs from the Department of National Defence (DND). The unit cost of the F-35 airframe is provided to DND by the Government of the United States of America. The primary source of the casting data for the 2012 annual report to Parliament is the U.S. Department of Defence Selected Acquisition Report 2011. The cost estimates ·in this report are based on Canada acquiring 65 F-35s.
    (b) will the re be an independent review of the data sources used in the review; 
    As announced on September 7, 2012, the independent review commissioned by the Treasury Board Secretariat will be conducted by KPMG LLP ( http://news.gc.ca/web/article-eng.do?nid=693859  ).  There are three elements of work included in this independant review:
    • to review the National Defence acquisition and sustainment project assumptions and potential costs for the replacement of the CF-18s;
    • to prepare a framework for decision makers to assist in the analysis of the future !ife-cycle cost estimate related to this and other similarly scoped military acquisitions; and
    • to provide an independent verification of the 2012 Annual Update to Parliament prepared by National Defenoe. ·
    (c) will the criteria, process and results of the review be made public (i) if yes, when, (ii) if no, why not?   The criteria and process for the independant review are public. The detailed bid solicitation has been posted on MERX.  The results of the review will be made public as indicated in the Government’s seven-point action plan.
  • F-35 Tug o’ War (2)  Credit where due – when ceasefire.ca finds out it’s part of the media monitoring cull at DND because of what the Rideau Institute folk say about the F-35, it shares the documents it’s obtained (PDF) through an Access to Information Act request.
  • Wanted:  help in creating sub simulators  “Defence Research and Development Canada – Atlantic (DRDC Atlantic) of the Department of National Defence (DND) has a requirement for computer software development services related to the development of Flash based sonar consoles and their integration to the virtual VICTORIA synthetic environment. The virtual VICTORIA concept calls for simulated systems including sonar and underwater combat systems to be integrated to create a virtual representation of a VICTORIA class submarine control room ….”
  • Wanted:  30 x snowmobiles for CFB Goose Bay
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Written by milnewsca

7 November 12 at 12:00

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