Thursday, December 01, 2005

Good policy, poor communications

Babble on.

No, I'm not talking about the CPC, thank heavens.

I'm talking about our Canadian Armed Forces:

Army Equipment for Operation ARCHER
The Department of National Defence is purchasing $234 million of equipment required to carry out Canada's mission in the complex and demanding landscapes of Afghanistan.

I haven't got a problem with any of the stuff we're buying: armoured patrol vehicles, multi-mission radios with satellite on-the-move capability, lightweight towed howitzers with precision munitions and digitized fire control systems, tactical uninhabited aerial vehicles, miniature uninhabited aerial vehicles, Iridium hand-held satellite telephone systems, colour camera system for the Coyote reconnaissance vehicle, diesel all-terrain vehicles, and a multi-purpose container system.

My problem with the announcement is that it makes it sound like we're buying the stuff just for Afghanistan, like none of it has any use beyond that one operation, like it's $234 million of disposable kit.

That couldn't be further from the truth.

Call this what it is: equipment our army needs to deploy to hotspots anywhere in the world. Today's mission happens to be in Afghanistan, but not a single one of these purchases will sit on a shelf once the mission is done.

Babble off.


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