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10 September 2013


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Your article is well written. I had never better heard of some of these positive aspects of Canadian defence spending. I always thought we spend a lot and had very little in capability.

I lean towards a highly mobile force that can be put in place quickly by air and sea, as well, as a very small heavy force with a large reserve for a prolonged battle. I don't think we have either.

I'd like to equip the 4 divisions (as the government has recently renamed the areas), while providing full time manpower for only the current 1 division equivalent and reserve forces for the remaining . We seem to have a problem procuring anything in a timely manner. With that said, I bet in an emergency, we could recruit/train personnel faster than equipment.

Just read that the Rideau Institute is planning on releasing a "study" on the CCV titled "Stuck in a Rut: Harper government overrides Canadian Army, insists on buying outdated equipment". Those familiar with Canadian defense affairs should know all about the Rideau Institute, in fact its been mentioned recently on this site regarding their report on the Victoria class SSK. James I would be interested in hearing your opinion on the study should you read it given your upcoming report, and support for the CCV.

Thanks, KD. I have indeed now read that report from the Rideau Institute and the Centre for Policy Alternatives. I have strong objections to the argument, and I'm considering publishing a rebuttal sometime. But before I invest time in that, I may wait for the Treasury Board to make its decision.

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