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Canada's Purchase of the F-35: Lessons in Oversight

There is much to criticize in the process, past and present, that Canada has put itself through in its purchase of the F-35:  the selection was devoid of meaningful competition and even now the government there is going to great lengths to avoid an appreciation of the actual likely costs.  However, I became very impressed with the willingness and ability of some politicians there to get to the bottom of the matter, and I was stunned by the contrast with our own system, where we do not disown those who have misled us but promote them. 
 
A description of the important lessons on how to perform oversight I observed in Canada appear in a new commentary at Foreign Policy's website.
 
This is also the first in a series of monthly pieces at Foreign Policy, titled "The Spendagon." 

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Winslow Wheeler, Director, Straus Military Reform Project, Center for Defense Information at the Project On Government Oversight

By: Winslow Wheeler
Director, Straus Military Reform Project, CDI at POGO, POGO

Mr. Wheeler's areas of expertise include Congress, the Defense Budget, National Security, Pentagon Reform and Weapons Systems

The goal of the Straus Military Reform Project is to secure far more effective military forces and much more ethical and professional military and civilian leadership at significantly lower budget levels.

We would like to thank Philip A. Straus Jr. and family for their generous support.

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