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A defence budget increase will need a policy rethink

Mar 25 2022 — Jeffrey F. Collins — “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail,” Benjamin Franklin once quipped. Franklin’s advice should be top of mind for Canadian defence planners and decision-makers in Ottawa as the country prepares for what Defence Minister Anita Anand terms “aggressive options” on more military spending. What specific new capabilities this money will be spent […]

Defence procurement won’t be so easy to cut in a time of COVID-19

May 22 2020 — Jeffrey F. Collins — Afew months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the first signs of impact on Canada’s defence procurement plans are showing. The government has been following an ambitious multi-decade blueprint, starting in 2010, to kick-start the domestic shipbuilding sector, but some yards have had to scale back their workforces under public health orders. What this means for the […]