This, for a change, is not about Vice Admiral Norman, Gerald Butts, Jody Wilson-Raybould, SNC-Lavalin or the fate of Team Trudeau, but …
David Pugliese, writing in the Ottawa Citizen, explains that the Canadian Army is finding some new uses for its fairly new Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles (TAPV) which were, at one time, intended to be reconnaissance vehicles replacing the fairly famous (for their effectiveness in combat in Afghanistan) Coyote vehicles which use the LAV III as their base. The TAPVs, he says, will now be “assigned to headquarters and military police units for use as protected and mobile transport. It will be used as well for command and control, VIP transport and patrolling … [and, he reports] … As for the more sophisticated reconnaissance capability fielded by the Coyotes, the Army notes that it has the new LAV 6 and its Reconnaissance Surveillance System (LRSS) Project.“
Now, I’m happy to be told that I’ve got this bit wrong, but I believe that the LAV 6 based LRSS project was already underway when a decision was taken, in June of 2012, to purchase the TAPV … it appeared to some observers that the right hand and left hand in National Defence Headquarters were not communicating very well.
There was considerable (informed, beginning about here) discussion, on Army.ca, back in 2009 about just what a TAPV could and should be able to do.
Anyway it is not unknown that military forces procure equipment that satisfies a ‘requirement‘ that is more apparent to one or two very senior officers than it is to the operational and technical staff officers and engineering officers tasked with working out what the military really needs.
What is a bit funny, though, although not totally unexpected, is that the Department of National Defence’s
Liberal propaganda public affairs people cannot seem to remember dates very well. Mr Pugliese reminds us that “the $1.2 billion [TAPV] project, when it was announced in 2012, was clearly part of the Conservative government’s defence program … [but, he says, now] … as pointed out below in the Army Facebook posting last year, that program is now being credited to the Liberal government and its Strong, Secure and Engaged defence policy.“
One is . not sure whether laughter or tears is the better response … the former, I think, but it’s business as usual in Ottawa … making things up as we go along to suit the ‘needs’ of the government’s propaganda ministry. Both Kafka and Orwell would have loved it.