De­fence spend­ing in­com­pe­tent

The Daily Observer - - OPINION -

The in­com­pe­tence dis­played by the fed­eral govern­ment on de­fence spend­ing and pro­cure­ment bog­gles the mind. Just last week, the de­fence min­is­ter ad­mit­ted that in 2017 his de­part­ment had spent only 60 per cent of its bud­get for the year, i.e. no less than $2.3 bil­lion re­mained un­spent.

Now we learn that the ground radars needed in sup­port of the CF-18 fighter fleet are in a par­lous state but re­place­ments are years away – doubt­less one of many items of mil­i­tary equip­ment that des­per­ately re­quire money to be spent on.

Thomas Frisch, Ottawa

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