National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy: Charting the Course

Maritime Security Occasional Paper No. 17

Edited by Ian Wood
Prepared by Tim Dunne
September 2014
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Up to this point the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) has focused on contractor selection and design.  There has been criticism, but more recently the Office of the Auditor General concluded that: “The NSPS should help the government to procure federal ships in a timely, affordable manner, consistent with the build-in-Canada shipbuilding policy.”  However the broader environment may not be as propitious, and the Auditor General also noted that “a gap appears to be developing between the CFDS level of ambition, the evolving naval capabilities, and the budgets.” Likely not much has changed here, and now may well be a good time to examine the NSPS’ current progress and the challenges ahead.