Kim Richard Nossal has written a perceptive and invaluable analysis of the “mess” that for too long has characterized the Canadian military procurement process. By focusing on the broader policy and political context he provides insightful explanations for Ottawa’s chronic inability to acquire weapons in a timely and fiscally responsible manner and offers compellingly credible recommendations of what needs to be done to make it right. Charlie Foxtrot should elicit an enthusiastic “Bravo Zulu”, very well done indeed, from those in and out of uniform who are concerned about the future of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Joel J. Sokolsky, Professor of Political Science, Royal Military College of Canada
In this superbly researched, well-structured, easy-to-read book, Kim Richard Nossal provides us with a masterful analysis of what has plagued Canadian defence procurement for many decades. Policy makers are well-advised to pay close attention to what he has to say! While one might not necessarily agree with all of his recommendations, there is no argument that Nossal’s timely contribution fills a crucial gap in our collective understanding of an otherwise “messy” defence procurement business and the strains it creates on our under-funded, yet superbly led, Canadian Armed Forces. Definitely a worthwhile read!
Tony Battista, CEO, Conference of Defence Associations and CDA Institute
Worth reading to understand how much Canada would benefit if its leaders confounded voters and actually took the high road.
Throughout Canadian history, the story of defence procurement has more often than not been characterized by massive inefficiency and waste. Exactly why this should be so is rarely looked at outside specialist circles, which makes a brief and very readable book by Queen’s University political scientist Kim Richard Nossal worth noting.
An engaging and interesting read. It’s insightful and intimate. Nossal is quite knowledgeable about what was going on behind the government curtain during most of the procurement process.