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What’s Canada Buying? – February 4, 2014

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  • How’s the LAV III evolving (and do we need the Close Combat Vehicle)?  “Since the Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) rolled into service 14 years ago, it has been the backbone of the Canadian Army’s vehicle fleet. Over the better part of a decade in Afghanistan, the fleet sustained countless strikes from small arms, rocket-propelled grenades and improvised explosives (IEDs). Over 350 were damaged during the mission, almost three dozen beyond repair.  In a future operating concept of adaptive dispersed operations, in which all vehicles are important nodes in a digitized network, the LAV remains the core piece of the army’s fleet.  But the modernized version rolling into service over the next five years is a far cry from the LAV III that returned battered and bruised from Afghanistan ….”
  • F-35 Tug o’ War (1)  From the U.S.  “Five Reasons The Latest Pentagon Testing Report On The F-35 Fighter Doesn’t Matter”
  • F-35 Tug o’ War (2)  From the U.K.  “Britain is close to placing its first order for Lockheed Martin-built F-35 super-stealth jets, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Saturday.  Reuters cited sources last week as saying that Britain was likely to announce an order soon for 14 of the advanced jets, marking Britain’s first firm F-35 purchase since it committed to buying 48 planes in 2012.  “We are moving towards that point,” Hammond said when asked if he could confirm the imminent order ….”

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4 February 14 at 8:00

MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – December 21, 2013

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21 December 13 at 9:00

MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – December 20, 2013

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – December 14, 2013

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What’s Canada Buying? – November 29, 2013

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  • Close Combat Vehicle (CCV) Project  “Defence Minister Rob Nicholson won’t say if the government has decided to cancel the long-delayed purchase of 108 close-combat vehicles to accompany army tanks into battle.  “All I can tell you is that we continue to work with Public Works on this project,” Nicholson told the House of Commons defence committee Thursday ….
  • Wanted:  someone to help do research on scanning technology to check out helicopter landing sites in bad visual conditions
  • Wanted:  someone to clean up mould in some buildings in Gagetown
  • Wanted:  someone to assess prior learning in the health field to see what doesn’t have to be taught by the military - this from the Statement of Work  “…. The Canadian Forces Health Services Training Centre (CFHSTC) trains military medical, dental and health care administrators. Some military courses are unique to the Canadian Forces (CF) but many share curricula with college or university programs. CF policy actively seeks to prevent redundant training when personnel can demonstrate they have equivalent, prior learning from previous military service, on-job experience and/or training by credible, civilian organizations. Submissions for training equivalencies are routinely submitted by personnel who would otherwise attend training courses provided by CFHSTC …. The objective of this requirement is to compare documentation claiming prior learning to the documentation for related military Health Services course(s) to assist in determining when recruit or CF medical and dental personnel have previously received equivalent learning and whether or not they must attend all or some portion of the related military Health Services course or courses ….”

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29 November 13 at 13:00

What’s Canada Buying? – November 9, 2013

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  • Big Honkin’ Ships  Wanted:  a working group of industry and government types to look at taking care of big honkin’ ships  “As Canada develops its requirements for the In-Service Support (ISS) for two new classes of vessels, the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) and the Joint Support Ship (JSS) Canada will continue to engage with Industry to obtain relevant advice and recommendations. This advice may be taken into consideration in the development of future solicitation documentation for the competitive procurement of ISS for AOPS and JSS.  The intent of this LOI (Letter of Interest) is to identify capable and interested Respondents to participate as members of a joint- industry and Government of Canada Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) and Joint Support Ship (JSS) In-Service Support (ISS) Industry Working Group (AIWG) ….” - more detail in the LOI document here
  • Close Combat Vehicle (CCV) Project  From the author of a “sponsored” report on the CCV project  ….  a second cancellation is indeed looming, suppliers around the world may reasonably come to question the Canadian government’s reliability as a business partner ….”  I have to agree with this blogger:  “…. It would be interesting, and possibly enlightening, to know who “sponsored” this report ….”
  • Sea King Replacement  “As the Conservative government mulls whether to scrap its bogged-down purchase of Sikorsky Cyclone helicopters to replace the fleet of aging Sea Kings, the NDP is raising fresh questions about whether those new helicopters are capable of doing the jobThe federal government concluded meetings with three helicopter manufacturers this week and is expected to decide by the end of the month whether to scrap its multibillion-dollar Sikorsky contract and choose a rival competitor to build new helicopters, CBC News has learned.  That decision has the potential to add further delays to a nearly decade-old procurement.  But there are deep concerns Sikorsky may not be able to deliver a helicopter that fully meets the government’s requirements.  That fear prompted the government to canvass other helicopter manufacturers, Eurocopter and AugustaWestland, for information on some of their aircraft. Sikorsky itself was also asked to present information as part of what the government termed a “data-gathering” exercise.  CBC News has learned that phase is over and the government is now analyzing its data ….”

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9 November 13 at 14:00

What’s Canada Buying? – November 4, 2013

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  • Sea King Replacement (1)  Canadian air force evaluators warned nearly a decade ago that the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter might not measure up in terms of engine performance, acoustic noise and its ability to resist electronic interference, The Canadian Press has learned.  Previously unreleased National Defence reports that date back to September 2004, recently viewed by CP, cite a litany of concerns about Sikorsky’s plan to convert its existing S-92 helicopter for maritime and military missions.  The highly technical appraisals were conducted by a team of dozens of air force engineers before then-prime minister Paul Martin awarded what was at the time a $1.8-billion contract.  Yet, despite the concerns and the fact that some aspects of Sikorsky’s plan were declared “non-compliant,” the bid was allowed to proceed based on the assumption the company would be able to overcome the existing problems.  The red flags that were set down by engineers, based on some 475 different evaluation criteria, proved prescient in identifying major issues that have plagued and ultimately delayed the program to the point where the Harper government is now considering scrapping it ….”
  • Sea King Replacement (2)  More scuttlebutt about the project at Milnet.ca (DISCLOSURE:  I’m a moderator at Milnet.ca)
  • Close Combat Vehicle (CCV) Project  Disarmament lobby group ceasefire.ca takes credit for cancelling discussion of the CCV project in an e-mail newsletter
  • Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) Project  Blogger writes to Minister, suggesting Dash-8’s as an interim solution, Minister writes back, blogger responds to Minister’s letter  “Thank you for your October 21st reply to my letter of September 7th. I was recommending that you move immediately to make an interim buy of Dash-8’s to relieve the situation, both operationally and politically, that you face with the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) project. I appreciate that by DND standards this is a lighting fast response and my compliments to your staff, or whoever it was who actually answered my note.  I apologize Bob if this comes across as sarcasm; I really am impressed that someone did get back to me in less then a geological time frame. It is more then can be said for your opposite numbers in the other parties. Mind you, I don’t suppose that they have the staff resources you do and they probably worry that anything written over their names may come back to haunt them. So, considering what ‘you’ wrote, kudos for nerve too ….”
  • Wanted:  input from industry on fine tuning CF selection testing  “…. Public Work and Government Services Canada is requesting feedback to better understand the industry on a requirement for the Department of National Defence on the Development of a Forced-choice Adaptive Personality Measure.  The intent is to obtain preliminary feedback for the development of  an Adaptive version of a personality measure that is linked to the Trait Self Descriptive-Personality Inventory (TSD-PI).  The TSD-PI is a factor-level measure of the five factors  model of occupational personality, currently used by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for general entry-level selection of applicants, and for in-service selection to specific CAF occupations. The measure has been adapted from the Self Description Inventory (SDI), originally developed by the United States Air Force as a measure of the Big Five personality factors ….” – more in the bid docs here

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4 November 13 at 13:00

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