Report leaked to Postmedia News: “Administrative incoherence, blurred authorities and a resistance to accepting managerial risks at the Department of National Defence have all contributed to the “disturbing and increasing trend” of hundreds of millions of dollars of the department’s budget not being spent, Lt.-Gen. Andrew Leslie wrote in a report that has not yet been made public, despite being circulated within the military for more than a month and not being classified as secret. The 100-page report details the findings and recommendations of a “transformation team” that consisted of military and civilian staff. The team, which Leslie headed, was tasked with finding ways to make the Canadian Forces well-oiled, cost-effective organization. A list of 43 recommendations laid out how National Defence could save $1 billion annually with deep cuts to staff and a hefty reduction in spending on contractors, consultants and private service providers ….” No word on sharing the report with anyone who wants to read it themselves.
What’s Canada Buying? I missed this one last week: quiet electric snowmobiles. More in the Canadian Press here, and Statement of Work (since the Canadian Press isn’t sharing it) downloadable (PDF) here. Not the first time the CF’s been ordering snowmobiles – more here and here.
Interesting read… “…. Harper seeks to challenge Trudeau’s rejection of history and he has chosen the military as the vehicle to restore English-Canada’s connection with its past. Personally, I applaud this attempt to engage Canadians in their collective experience so long as it is done honestly. Commemorating the War of 1812 should require more than re-enactors in bright red uniforms and fireworks over the Niagara and Detroit rivers. The war, usually described as a stalemate, was the tragic and final chapter in the quest to establish an autonomous aboriginal state in what historian Richard White called The Middle Ground. Will this story be told? There are other issues at stake and lessons to be learned. The American declaration of war in 1812 was, like some recent wars we are more familiar with, prompted by the ideas and ambitions of a small group of men who were convinced that the conquest of Iraq, I mean Canada, was just a matter of marching ….”