The Politics of Procurement: Military Acquisition in Canada and the Sea King Helicopter by Aaron PlamondonThe Politics of Procurement: Military Acquisition in Canada and the Sea King Helicopter by Aaron Plamondon

The Politics of Procurement: Military Acquisition in Canada and the Sea King Helicopter

byAaron Plamondon

Paperback | July 1, 2010

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Following its victory in the 1993 election, the first act of Jean Chrétien’s Liberal Party was the cancellation of an order to replace the Sea King maritime helicopter. The Liberals claimed the Tory plan was too expensive, but the cancellation itself actually cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. The incident and subsequent attempts to replace the Sea King have drawn public attention to inefficiency and waste in Canada’s defence spending and to the under-equipped state of its military.

Seeking an explanation for this situation, Aaron Plamondon explores the history of the weapons procurement process since Confederation and describes the development of the navy’s helicopter capabilities and the acquisition of the Sea King. His account of the bungled attempts to procure the Sea King’s replacement reveals that partisan politics, rather than a clear desire to increase the military’s capabilities, has driven Canada’s military procurement process. As of 2009, it is still unknown when the Sea King’s replacement will arrive in Canada.

A fascinating saga of politics playing havoc with military procurement, The Politics of Procurement is for anyone interested in Canadian military history, civil-military relations, or the roles of the government and the military in weapons acquisition.

Aaron Plamondon teaches Canadian and military history at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University. He is also a National Fellow at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary.
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Title:The Politics of Procurement: Military Acquisition in Canada and the Sea King HelicopterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.01 × 6.01 × 0.69 inPublished:July 1, 2010Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774817151

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: The Canadian Defence Procurement System

1 Procurement in Canada: A Brief History

2 Early Helicopter Operations: The Exploration of a New Capability

3 The Procurement of the Sea King: Slow but Solid

4 The Sea King in Canada: Time Is the Enemy of Us All

5 The New Shipborne Aircraft Project: A Commitment to Replace the Fleet

6 The Vulnerability of the NSA: Political Parrying

7 The 1993 NSA Cancellation: Money for Nothing

8 The 1994 White Paper and the New Statement of Requirement: The Ghost of Procurements Past

9 The Maritime Helicopter Project: Procuring on Eggshells

10 The Cyclone Decision: Caveat Emptor

Conclusion

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

In 1993, Canada’s Liberal Party cancelled an order to replace the navy’s Sea King helicopter. It claimed that the Tory plan was too expensive, but the cancellation itself actually cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Aaron Plamondon connects this incident to the larger evolution of defence procurement in Canada, revealing that partisan politics, rather than a desire to increase the military’s capabilities, have driven the military procurement process. This saga of the government playing havoc with weapons acquisition offers an explanation for, and clues for resolving, the under-equipped state of Canada’s military.The best book yet on what’s wrong with Canada’s military procurement system using the Maritime Helicopter Project as a case study. - David Bercuson