Mark Collins – New Canadian Army Trucks Not out of Procurement Rasputitsa

Further to this post,

CF Procurement: Trucks Mucked-Up…

this acquisition isn’t exactly pulling rapidly out of the mudthe process could spin its wheels for a while to come:

Public Works to get military truck acquisition moving

An on-again, off-again program to replace the military’s aging trucks is back on.

A series of meetings are scheduled later this month between government officials and companies vying for a contract for a fleet of new medium-sized logistics trucks for the Canadian Forces.

The meetings are to take place between Jan. 17-22 in the Ottawa area.

“The main objective of the one-on-one meetings is to validate certain aspects of the SMP procurement approach … and to provide an opportunity for industry to meet with government representatives to discuss their views,” says a notice posted on a government contracts website [see below].

“Any solutions, ideas or issues raised during the one-on-one meetings or during any other additional sessions will be analyzed for further consideration by Canada.”

The multimillion-dollar truck program had been in limbo since last summer, when Public Works emailed bidders three minutes before deadline to say the deal was off…

Former Defence Minister Gordon O’Connor first announced the truck-replacement program back in 2006 [yikes! going on six years, no trucks]…

The new Standard Military Pattern Vehicles were to replace the current fleet of trucks, which has been in use since the 1980s. The vehicles are reaching the end of their service life.

“The requirement for this equipment is urgent,” the Defence Department said in 2006…

From at

This from MERX:


…. In order to ensure a successful procurement of the Standard Military Pattern (SMP) component of the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS), Canada wishes to provide Industry with an opportunity to participate in a consultation process as part of this re-solicitation. The information received during these
exchanges will help Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), the Department of National DEFENCE (DND) and Industry Canada (IC) to validate the SMP Vehicles procurement approach.

The main objective of the one-on-one meetings is to validate certain aspects of the SMP procurement approach outlined in RFP #W8476-06MSMP/J (issued in December 2011)

Agreement (including “don’t talk to media”) folks have to sign [emphasis added] is attached.

The latest MSVS project page doesn’t seem to be caught up at this point. * MSVS-JAN-2013-PW-$$BW-008-23456.U000.E.PDF (34.94 kB – downloaded 14 times.)…

Official news release here.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Research Fellow at the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute


Mark Collins – US: Scary Headline (and image) of the Day

Sacrée vache!

Renowned French economist to join Obama’s team

France’s Esther Duflo, a star economist who was once named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world [more here], has been nominated by US President Barack Obama to help shape US global development policy [more here]…

While Duflo’s nomination will likely be viewed with a sense of pride in France, it comes as Obama’s leadership continues to be dogged by unflattering comparisons in the media to European-style socialism. Just Friday, the cover of financial news magazine The Economist depicted Obama wearing a beret, red neckerchief and a striped mariner shirt, under a headline that read “America turns European”. The article criticised the country’s recent fiscal-cliff deal as “lousy”, saying its mismanagement bore striking similarities to the “mess in the euro zone”…

That cover:

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Research Fellow at the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute

Mark Collins – “Documents on Canadian External Relations”, Volume 6, 1936-1939, edited by John A. Munro, or…

wie es eigentlich gewesen. Will such documentary history be possible any longer as so much is recorded on transitory electronic systems? If at all. As a public servant in the early 1990s I was once told by an assistant deputy minister not to put anything on paper (!?!) that the apparatus would not want to show up in the Globe and Mail.

The editor of the volume, Mr Munro, puts a dagger deep into Canadian smug self-satisfaction in his “Introduction”, p. xiii:

Nowhere does there appear in the documents, except perhaps on a limited ex post facto basis, any appreciation of the greater issues involved in the crises that led to World War II. A crocodile tear or two might be shed at the passing of Loyalist Spain or Czechoslovakia but not even that was risked until they were well and truly dead. When war came, the Mackenzie King government quietly, if despairingly, accepted it for all the wrong reasons.

My favourite contributions to the book (I was research assistant; the French translation at 1) is my own):

1) LIST OF PERSONS [p. xxv]

Göring (maréchal du Reich Hermann), président du Reichstag de 1932 à 1945; ministre de l’Air d’Allemagne de 1933 à 1945; ministre-président de Prusse de 1933 à 1945; forestier en chef et maître de la chasse du Reich de 1934 à 1945; commandant en chef de l’armée de l’air de 1935 à 1945; commissaire au Plan de quatre ans de 1936 à 1945.

Göring, Marshal of the Reich Hermann, President of the Reichstag, 1932-45; German Minister of Aviation, 1933-45; Minister-President of Prussia, 1933-45; Chief Forester and Reich Hunting Master, 1934-45; Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force, 1935-45; Commissioner of the Four Year Plan, 1936-45.


918. [p. cxxviii] Feb. 1 [1939] Prime Minister to German Chancellor. Reminisces on meeting with Herr Hitler in 1937 and reminds him of good he can do for world…[p.] 1122

1013. [p. cxxxvii] Aug. 26 Minister in France [Georges Vanier] to Secretary of State for External Affairs [WLMK]. Believes war likely but expresses faith that moral forces, notably prayer, may produce miracle. Also believes Hitler sold his soul with Non-Aggression Pact and no longer has a cause to die for…[p.] 1256

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Research Fellow at the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute