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Feds release first Defence Acquisitions Guide

June 17, 2014, Ottawa - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, has released the government’s first Defence Acquisitions Guide (DAG), which identifies potential procurement projects that the Canadian Armed Forces is expecting to require over the next five, 10, and 20 years. The Guide will be released annually going forward.

June 17, 2014  By Carey Fredericks

The Defence Acquisitions Guide provides industry with early information
about future procurements, allowing companies to make more informed
research, operational and strategic decisions. It also allows industry
to become engaged in the procurement process at an earlier stage,
contributing advice, feedback, and innovative solutions to the
government based on their expertise as manufacturers.

"I am
pleased to launch the first edition of the Defence Acquisition Guide.
With the release of this document, our government is responding to the
needs of industry by engaging early on matters of procurement,” said
Minister Nicholson. “This is part of our Government's commitment to
strengthening industry while also ensuring that the Canadian Armed
Forces have the best possible equipment at the best possible price."

Defence Acquisitions Guide is an important tool that not only
strengthens industry’s ability to compete, but creates new opportunities
for greater dialogue between government and industry in Canada,
enhancing the procurement process as a whole,” said Jim Quick, President
and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada. “We thank
Minister Nicholson and the government for their commitment to Canadian
industry, and remain committed to working closely with the government to
provide the best equipment to our men and women in uniform.”

Defence Acquisitions Guide is part of the new Defence Procurement
Strategy, an initiative announced by the government in February 2014 in
response the Jenkins Report on Leveraging Defence Procurement.



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