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@MLInstitute US officials' letters "contain an implicit (but clear) threat that Canada could be kicked out of the Program – if Ottawa continues with its current policy of trying to obtain guaranteed industrial benefits that, by their very nature, are not allowed under the JSF Program" #RCAF
@MLInstitute #F35 and competition for new #RCAF fighter--see Aug. 28 letter from US Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment to Public Services and Procurement Canada, P. 22 PDF macdonaldlaurier.ca/files/pdf/2019… @CQualtro @PSPC_SPAC @HarjitSajjan @USAF_ACC @NORADCommand #NORAD #NATO
@MLInstitute @CQualtro @PSPC_SPAC @HarjitSajjan @USAF_ACC @NORADCommand #F35 & #RCAF new fighter acquisition "has been a complete and confusing nightmare for the RCAF, and has resulted in Canadian service men and women losing confidence in the government."
@MLInstitute @CQualtro @PSPC_SPAC @HarjitSajjan @USAF_ACC @NORADCommand #F35 & #RCAF new fighter #FUBAR by @JustinTrudeau's gov: "perhaps most damning, Canada’s allies view their formerly trustworthy friend as an increasingly weak & suspect partner in their efforts to effectively contribute to international peace and security" @cafreeland @CanEmbUSA
@MLInstitute @CQualtro @PSPC_SPAC @HarjitSajjan @USAF_ACC @NORADCommand @JustinTrudeau @cafreeland @CanEmbUSA #RCAF, #JustinTrudeau & #RCAF's new fighter--nice post at Milnet.ca "U.S. officials say imposing [offsets] requirements as a condition to bid will mean the #F35 won’t be entered in the race. Trudeau probably wants it to play out like this." milnet.ca/forums/index.p…
@MLInstitute @CQualtro @PSPC_SPAC @HarjitSajjan @USAF_ACC @NORADCommand @JustinTrudeau @cafreeland @CanEmbUSA #RCAF/#F35: "sources, speaking on condition of anonymity...have confirmed...that the [#offsets] issue remains unresolved, which is causing frustration & anxiety & will almost certainly delay the start of the competition beyond the end of May" theglobeandmail.com/politics/artic… #NATO #NORAD
@MLInstitute @CQualtro @PSPC_SPAC @HarjitSajjan @USAF_ACC @NORADCommand @JustinTrudeau @cafreeland @CanEmbUSA @leeberthiaume Meanwhile, pretty cheap by time might be got for #RCAF--#LockheedMartin "currently have an offer submitted to the Department of Defense for Lots 12-14 that is below the $80 million #F35A for lot 14 in 2020" defenseone.com/business/2019/… #USAF #NORAD #NATO #F35 #RAAF #JASDF #RoKAF
@MLInstitute @CQualtro @PSPC_SPAC @HarjitSajjan @USAF_ACC @NORADCommand @JustinTrudeau @cafreeland @CanEmbUSA @leeberthiaume US emb. on #RCAF fighter: US 'remains “hopeful that U.S. firms are able to participate in open & transparent competition processes that can support Canada’s #NATO & #NORAD obligations, especially when it comes to co-operative engagement capabilities' milnet.ca/forums/index.p… #F35
@MLInstitute @CQualtro @PSPC_SPAC @HarjitSajjan @USAF_ACC @NORADCommand @JustinTrudeau @cafreeland @CanEmbUSA #RCAF & #F35: "Canadian government is probably baffled that the Americans would object to us behaving as we always do. Military procurement in Canada isn’t about...the military, or honouring our commitments to our friends. It’s about political booty" nationalpost.com/opinion/matt-g… @NATO
@MLInstitute @CQualtro @PSPC_SPAC @HarjitSajjan @USAF_ACC @NORADCommand @JustinTrudeau @cafreeland @CanEmbUSA @NATO #RCAF--HAH! That's just what #JustinTrudeau gov wants to happen! "Canadian government will also respect any decision by the U.S. to not bid the #F35 if an agreement can’t be reached, sources added" defensenews.com/air/2019/05/08… #NATO #NORAD #F35A #LockheedMartin @CanadaNATO
@MLInstitute @CQualtro @PSPC_SPAC @HarjitSajjan @USAF_ACC @NORADCommand @JustinTrudeau @cafreeland @CanEmbUSA @NATO @CanadaNATO #RCAF & #F35, by @FranticGoat: :Giving Canada any leeway in this regard is a non-starter since it would open the door to other JSF partners demanding specific industrial offsets, rather than bidding among each other for them as they do now" thedrive.com/the-war-zone/2… #NATO #NORAD
@MLInstitute @CQualtro @PSPC_SPAC @HarjitSajjan @USAF_ACC @NORADCommand @JustinTrudeau @cafreeland @CanEmbUSA @NATO @CanadaNATO @FranticGoat @Aviation_Intel @DefenseOne @defense_news @BreakingDefense @TheAviationist #RCAF/#F35--wonder if US will even bother to bid #F35A unless other requirements besides industrial benefits almost guarantee plane a win. In which case #JustinTrudeau get his way and can rant on about protecting jobs for "the middle class and those working hard to join it. Fie.
@MLInstitute @CQualtro @PSPC_SPAC @HarjitSajjan @USAF_ACC @NORADCommand @JustinTrudeau @cafreeland @CanEmbUSA @NATO @CanadaNATO @FranticGoat @Aviation_Intel @DefenseOne @defense_news @BreakingDefense @TheAviationist #RCAF/#F35--also '“A bidder that is not willing and able to sign a contract & guarantee them (the benefits) can still bid & still be competitive but they will get less points in the economic benefits category” than firms that offer a watertight commitment' reuters.com/article/us-can…
@MLInstitute @CQualtro @PSPC_SPAC @HarjitSajjan @USAF_ACC @NORADCommand @JustinTrudeau @cafreeland @CanEmbUSA @leeberthiaume Block buy? '#F35 program head, seemed to throw cold water on this...saying that “to date, the return-on-investment provided by...[#LockheedMartin] in regards to a Multi-Year procurement does not support proceeding w/this acquisition approach"' defensenews.com/air/2019/05/10… #RCAF #USAF
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