Thursday, May 15, 2008

"Canada First Defence Strategy": Really a "future defense funding strategy"

The conclusion of a lucid analysis from Defense Industry Daily (h/t to Fred in "Comments" here):
...In any democratic polity, politics can and does shift. This is what makes “future year” budget figures are especially suspect, since they are by definition outside the control of the present government. Personnel increases take longer to unwind, and equipment purchases cost money to unwind once commitments are made. Until commitments are made, however, Canada’s past offers ample demonstration that even harmful neglect can be continued for some time.

Canada now has a future defense funding strategy [efforts to clarify funding confusion at the link], which is a step forward. That strategy offers some realistic hope of reconstituting a basic military capability for the country. If they can keep it.

Update: The Conference of Defence Associations provides a round-up of media coverage of the "Strategy" (including links to two Torch posts) at the start of this piece.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems our Commonwealth brothers & sisters down under are doing the same . . .

5:20 p.m., May 15, 2008  

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