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Tories tackle broken military procurement system with incremental change

OTTAWA - The Harper government is taking a stab at fixing the country's broken military procurement system, opting for steady, incremental changes rather than a wholesale revolution.

It's also putting a greater public emphasis on defence and arms exports with the development of a strategy "to support international sales opportunities."

The plan introduced today by Public Works Minister Diane Finley and Defence Minister Rob Nicholson, is meant to be the answer to years of botched purchase plans and the associated political embarrassment.

The new system will see increased co-operation among Defence, Public Works and Industry officials under an umbrella secretariat headquartered at Public Works.

The lightning rod F-35 program and the national shipbuilding strategy were both handled under their own individual secretariats.

The plan rejects creating an independent military procurement board, as other countries have done, and instead builds on existing structures and practices.

The Canadian Press

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