The F-35 is not a job creation program

Wendy Stocker Americas, Conventional Weapons, News

By Kenneth Epps Members of the Canadian Joint Strike Fighter Industrial Group (CJIG) will host a webinar on January 30 to promote the economic benefits of a purchase of the F-35 Joint Striker aircraft by Canada. The webinar is advertised as a free webcast open to all Canadians. No doubt the CJIG will present a Canadian F-35 purchase as a …

Redefining industrial benefits: The F-35 program

Kenneth Epps Americas, Conventional Weapons, News

Lest anyone thinks that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is out of the running for Canada’s replacement fighter aircraft program, Industry Canada has just issued its third report on the prospective benefits Canada’s military aerospace industry can anticipate if Canada places an order. In sum, the report provides an updated total of $9.93 billion (U.S.) for “contracts and identified …

Will Santa deliver F-35 industrial benefits?

Kenneth Epps Americas, Conventional Weapons, News

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter debacle has delivered an early Christmas present to Canadian (and some attentive international) media. Columnists and commentators across the country have gleefully heaped criticism and scorn on the government about the ballooning costs of the F-35. Two KPMG reports released this week calculated F-35 program expenditures to be much higher than earlier public guesses, including …

Sober recommendations for Canada’s aerospace industry

Kenneth Epps Conventional Weapons, News, Space Security

A common boast running through both government and industry statements supporting Canada’s purchase of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is that Canada’s aerospace industry will do well in the global competition for F-35 contracts. According to Industry Canada, for example, “in order to maximize affordability, the partner countries [in the F-35 program] agreed to a best-value approach to industrial participation …

Politicking on F-35 remains unchanged

John Siebert Americas, Conventional Weapons, Defence & Human Security

Author John Siebert Published in the Waterloo Region Record As the forensic investigations proceed in the wake of Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s devastating critique last week of the F-35 procurement process, those with the ability to get behind the public facade of federal decision-making should look squarely at the period from May 12 to June 19, 2008. What happened then is …

F-35 political decision-making remains unchanged

John Siebert Americas, Conventional Weapons, News

As the forensic investigations proceed in the wake of the Auditor-General’s devastating critique of the F-35 procurement process, those with the ability to get behind the public façade of federal decision making should look squarely at the period May 12 to June 19, 2008. What happened then is happening again, and promises to keep Canada locked in the purchase process …

F-35: We told you so

Kenneth Epps Americas, Conventional Weapons, News

It doesn’t help a bit, but we all take satisfaction from time to time in saying, “We told you so.” The Canadian F-35 Joint Strike Fighter story has already provided many such opportunities, with more likely on the way. The now widely acknowledged failings of the F-35 program have forced the Harper government to revisit its unrelenting support for the …

Five Reasons to Reconsider the F-35

Kenneth Epps Americas, Conventional Weapons, Defence & Human Security

Briefing 12-1 Author Kenneth Epps In the face of a daily barrage of critical media reports on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program, the Canadian government has adamantly stood by its 2010 decision to purchase 65 of these aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force. But cracks in the edifice are starting to appear. Canada participated in two March …

The F-35: What goes up must come down

Kenneth Epps Americas, Conventional Weapons, News

One silver lining in the dark clouds of economic malaise accumulating in Western skies is that military spending must inevitably drop. The Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) reported that world military expenditures reached a record $1.6-trillion (U.S.) in 2010, an unprecedented government outlay that is clearly unsustainable. Some states may increase military expenditures in the near term but the big …

Canada’s Proposed Joint Strike Fighter Purchase and the Canada First Defence Strategy

John Siebert Americas, Conventional Weapons, Defence & Human Security

Briefing 11-1 Author John Siebert This is the third in a series of briefings by Project Ploughshares on Canada’s proposed purchase of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, also known as the F-35. These briefings are intended to add to the continuing public debate on this, the largest military procurement purchase in Canadian history. The decision by the current Conservative …