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The Politics of Procurement
Military Acquisition in Canada and the Sea King Helicopter
By (author): Aaron Plamondon
9780774817158 Paperback, Trade English Professional/Scholarly : Grade (US) from 17 HISTORY / Military / Canada Jul 01, 2010
$34.95 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 0.69 in 288 pages 12 b&w photos UBC Press
 
John Lyman Prize for Canadian Naval and Maritime History, North American Society for Oceanic History 2011, Winner
A fascinating saga of how politics plays havoc with military procurement in Canada.

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.

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.

This important book is the only study to connect temporally the history of maritime helicopter operations, the Sea King helicopter replacement, and the political realities of weapons acquisition in Canada. It clearly adds to the ongoing debate about the purpose of purchasing military weapons: Providing the best equipment for the military or contributing to regional economic and industrial base development? The Politics of Procurement should be read by all those interested in civil-military relations and the military profession. - Craig Stone, Department of Defence Studies, Canadian Forces College

Selected as one of Embassy’s Top 20 reads of 2010

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

Given the wide attention that the Sea King issue has received, this book should attract a large body of general readers, including serving and retired military personnel – naval and air force – who have had personal experience with rotary-wing aviation in the Royal Canadian Navy/Canadian Forces over the past few decades. The Politics of Procurement will prove fascinating reading; it provides a devastating critique of procurement practices in the Department of National Defence. - Scot Robertson, Department of History & Classics, University of Alberta, and former Defence Scientist in the Department of National Defence

The Politics of Procurement is well written, painstakingly researched, and definitely not to be taken lightly. - Katherine Doucet, Canadian Military Journal, Vol 11, No 2, Spring 2011

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