Did You Miss This? - Leaked National Defence Docs Show Bureaucrats Rigging Fighter Replacement
800-page leak from the Department of National Defence in Ottawa/Gatineau revealing a bureaucracy defying the elected arm of government over the CF-18 fighter jet replacement
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OTTAWA, ON: The Western Standard has received an 800-page leak from the Department of National Defence revealing a bureaucracy defying the elected arm of government over the CF-18 fighter jet replacement. With tens of billions of taxpayer dollars on the line, the documents raise serious questions about Cabinet's ability to manage major procurements.
The leaked Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP) draft was received with a simple question attached, "does this look rigged for the F-35?"
The short answer is "yes." The request for proposal (RFP) in the documents was rigged to benefit the Lockheed Martin F-35. This is another regrettable example of "Yes Minister" style antics in Canadian defence history, with top Defence bureaucrats leading the Defence Minister at best or openly defying his orders at worst. This could have been avoided if the younger Trudeau only followed his father's example instead of repeating his mistakes.
The new RFP demands capabilities far beyond what the CF-18 can deliver, both at home and abroad. The strike mission scenarios represent an unreasonably high number of points, include missions we have historically left to the Americans, and are clearly biased towards the F-35's passive stealth advantages. In short, this RFP looks like it was written with inflated requirements to minimize the points score of the least expensive jet in the competition: the Saab Gripen-E. I believe this was done so that the Gripen can't win in Canada like it won in Brazil.
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