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MILNEWS.ca What’s Canada Buying? – June 26, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – June 16, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – June 15, 2014

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What’s Canada Buying? – May 30, 2014

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What’s Canada Buying – May 28, 2014

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What’s Canada Buying? – May 2, 2014

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What’s Canada Buying? – March 13, 2014

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What’s Canada Buying? – February 7, 2014

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  • New Way of Buyin’ Military Stuff (1)  “Ministers cut and run from military procurement announcement – Diane Finley and Rob Nicholson use the side door following speech on new procurement regime”
  • New Way of Buyin’ Military Stuff (2)  Headline from Canadian Manufacturing web page  “Tories tackle broken military procurement system with incremental change”
  • New Way of Buyin’ Military Stuff (3)  This, from the guy who signed Canada’s original F-35 deal paperwork  “Is defence procurement on the right track? NO”
  • New Way of Buyin’ Military Stuff (4a)  From the Liberal Party Info-machine  “The Conservatives’ announcement that defence procurement will be “reset” once again, and will largely be removed from the Department of National Defence, is a clear admission that military procurement over the last eight years has been wrought with failure, said Liberal National Defence Critic, Joyce Murray ….  Since 2006, the Conservatives have built up a long list of failed military acquisitions, characterized by delivery delays and huge cost overruns. From the failure of their flagship F-35 fighter jet program, to the ongoing delays in securing a design for the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship, to the abrupt cancellation of the Close Combat Vehicle after years of development, this Conservative government has shown a clear and consistent inability to deliver promised equipment to our men and women in uniform ….”
  • New Way of Buyin’ Military Stuff (4b)  From Mark Collins via Twitter  Well, the Liberals were not so much mis-managing as simply not procuring at all, Cyclonse (sic.) and Cormorants aside …. And late 2005 before Martin gov’t fell MND Graham trying 2 get new Chinooks, Hercs w/Cons against ….”
  • A reminder (with huge kudos to Mark Collins for rooting this one out) that the Conservatives haven’t always been keeners on buying military hardware – this from 2005 “Canada’s military is set to buy new Chinook helicopters and Hercules transport aircraft without seeking competitive bids, a move that has opposition MPs crying foul.  (Liberal) Defence Minister Bill Graham has been engaged in high-level lobbying in recent days to win the support of senior decision-makers, including Prime Minister Paul Martin, sources say.  In those discussions, military brass are pitching a plan to issue “sole source” contracts for the new fleets of aircraft — purchases worth hundreds of millions of dollars — to avoid a drawn-out tendering process.  And they’re pushing ahead with the plan even though commanders have yet to finish their so-called capabilities paper, a document outlining what equipment the military needs to fulfil missions around the globe.  That research won’t be released until sometime around Christmas.  Conservative MP Gordon O’Connor (Carleton-Mississippi Mills) accused Graham of planning big-ticket military purchases “behind closed doors.”  “Who will benefit financially as the government skirts the checks and balances of competition?” O’Connor asked in the House of Commons ….” – a reminder of how those new Chinooks were bought by a then-Conservative government nine months later here
  • Ooopsie?  Detailed schematic diagrams are posted on the Internet of the top-secret military spy operations centre on Leitrim Road in south Ottawa.  The drawings are attached to a Public Works tender issued Wednesday for a renovation fit-up of the ops room, the heart of Canadian Forces Station Leitrim, the country’s oldest signals intelligence listening post targeting foreign electronic communications.  It supports the cryptography operations of Communications Security Establishment Canada, the coding, decoding and analytics agency that provides the federal government with foreign intelligence and computer network security.  The fit-up plans show not only the location of the ops room within the main building, but the number and arrangement of desks, computer screens, specifications of the voice data power system, a reflected ceiling plan, electrical and mechanical requirements and more.  Military officials were asked Thursday whether the public release of diagrams represent a security breach. Daniel Le Bouthillier, assistant deputy minister for public affairs, issued a statement saying the department takes security “extremely seriously.”  “With regards to this specific project, a security checklist was created and used prior to project submission and public posting of this information in order to ensure all security requirements are met.” ….” – more from the Lux Ex Umbra blog here
  • Big Honkin’ Ships (1)  The plain text version  “(Yesterday) Federal Ministers offered an update on the AOPS Project.  The first 2 of 7 phases of the 288 million definition contract were completed on time and on budget ….” – more here
  • Big Honkin’ Ships (2)  The Info-machine version  “The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, along with the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, (yesterday) announced that two new tasks with a potential value of $53.5 million have been authorized for the construction of the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). These two tasks are part of the definition contract awarded to Irving Shipbuilding Inc. in March 2013.  The two tasks authorized are the Engineering Design Phase 2 and the Project Implementation Proposal Development. The Engineering Design Phase 2 task is the second of three design tasks in the definition contract that will mature the AOPS design. Irving, working closely with Canada, will further mature the AOPS design so that it meets all the contract design specification requirements. During this task, Irving will continue to work on 3-D modeling, which will ultimately be a key component of the design package from which the ships will be built. During the Project Implementation Proposal Development task, the shipyard will prepare a fully developed build plan, which will include all activities related to material procurement and construction ….”
  • Sea King Replacement  Problems with weapons systems and electronic sensors are among the shortcomings of four Cyclone helicopters being used for preliminary flight training at 12 Wing Shearwater, the Defence Department has confirmedAs Ottawa announced a new defence procurement strategy Wednesday, stalled efforts to acquire new maritime helicopters to replace the Sea Kings are moving toward a new contract with Sikorsky.  In a series of emails, Public Works and Government Services Canada and Defence Department officials addressed my questions on the troublesome 2004 agreement to purchase 28 Cyclone helicopters, with initial delivery slated for 2008.  It was announced last month that a preliminary agreement had been struck to move forward with Sikorsky on the $5.3-billion deal. This followed a second look at the previous contract, and a tentative threat from Ottawa last year to cancel it in favour of a competitor’s helicopter.  Public Works and Government Services Canada told me upgrading will be required on the initial eight helicopters it will accept in advance of the first contract-compliant helicopters, which won’t arrive until 2018.  “All the helicopters will be retrofitted to the 2018 configuration,” said department spokesman Sebastien Bois ….”
  • Blogger with good question  “Why Does Military Hardware Cost So Much?
  • Wanted:  70 x “bone conduction head sets to be delivered to two (2) different locations within 100 km of the National Capital Region by 31 May 2014″ - a few more details here

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7 February 14 at 8:00

What’s Canada Buying? – January 21, 2014

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21 January 14 at 8:00

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