Tidbits from Both Sides of the Fight

What’s Canada Buying? December 18, 2012

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  • “The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, and the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie) ….  announced more support for the Canadian Armed Forces through a $10.8-million (taxes included) definition phase contract with General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada for the Light Armoured Vehicle Reconnaissance Surveillance System Upgrade Project ….” – more on the work here and here.  
  • F-35 Tug o’ War (1)  Gee, where’d the old DND Info-machine fact sheet on costing go?  You can also find an archived copy at Google Docs here in case it happens to disappear from Google’s cache.
  • F-35 Tug o’ War (2)  This, from a former federal bureaucrat  “Federal bureaucrats are the ones who “hijacked” the F-35 procurement process, but Cabinet ministers went along without questioning it when they should have in order to avoid the controversy the government is facing today on acquiring 65 stealth fighter jets at a newly-projected cost of $45.8-billion over 42 years, say some critics.  “We know that the fiasco certainly started by the bureaucrats hijacking the process,” said Alan Williams, former assistant deputy minister for procurement in National Defence and a leading critic of the government’s F-35 procurement process …. “  A reminder of the paperwork Williams signed early on, some of the talking-up he did of the project when he was involved in it, and both of those documents here at Google Docs in case the links don’t work.  
  • F-35 Tug o’ War (3)  Security think-tanker speaks heresy (at least in the eyes of industry, anyway)!  “…. ‘military Keynesianism should have no place in modern economic discourse’. This is not an argument against F-35s, since the lack of economic benefits applies equally to other defence procurement projects. What it does tell us, however, is that when the Department of National Defence reviews the aircraft procurement file, the impact on jobs should be left entirely out of the equation.”  Dare to dream….    
  • F-35 Tug o’ War (4)  Parliamentary Budget Officer on Global TV“…. our experience in 2010-11 was a complete failure. And I think a lack of leadership, both politically and I think by public servants as well. So it’s very difficult to rebuild the process. I think trust is damaged ….”
  • F-35 Tug o’ War (5)  More on the fracas from the news search engines here and here if you’re interested.
  • Wanted:  a system to help those looking for things that can go boom  “The objective of this solicitation is to purchase an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Search and Removal Equipment Suite (SRES) to be used by the Canadian Forces (CF). CF EOD operators are required to clear unexploded ordnance (UXO) and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). UXO, and in particular IEDs, come in all sizes, shapes and forms, with various kinds of explosives or toxic fillings and with increasingly sophisticated means of initiation. The intended use of the SRES is to provide the EOD operator with a balanced suite of equipment to be used in a systematic manner for the efficient conduct of both direct and indirect search, identification, render safe and removal procedures required in UXO and IED clearance operations ….”– a few more details from part of the Statement of Work here.
  • Wanted:  someone to train Foreign Affairs staffers to protect themselves in hot spots  “Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) requires the professional services of a contractor for 8 hours of classroom training within the two-day Personal Security Seminar for Government of Canada employees and their dependents. The supplier will be responsible for the design, customization, preparation and delivery of up to fifteen bilingual classroom sessions per year of the contract.  The Personal Security Seminar is offered to Government of Canada employees and their dependents before departure to postings in certain higher risk countries ….”
  • Wanted:  8 x Zodiac Hurricaine inflatable boats
  • Wanted:  ice time for 17 Wing Winnipeg – more details (who’s scheduled to play what hockey) here.

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