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Minister Nicholson Speaks at Conference on Defence and Security

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 02/21/14 -- Department of National Defence

Introduction

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of National Defence, gave a key-note address at the annual Conference on Defence and Security, hosted by the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, which took place February 20-21, in Ottawa.

Quick Facts

--  Much has changed since the Canada First Defence Strategy was first
    published in 2008. The combat operations in Afghanistan have ended, and
    Canada has been faced with global economic uncertainty. Accordingly, the
    Government of Canada has shifted its attention and has made the economy
    its priority.

--  The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces are
    working to enhance business, management and supporting processes through
    Defence Renewal, an effort to minimize inefficiencies and overhead, and
    to maximize the military's operational effectiveness. Defence Renewal
    will create a lean and efficient organization that can generate savings
    to be reinvested in military capabilities and readiness.

--  The recently announced Defence Procurement Strategy (DPS) also aims to
    leverage defence acquisitions to benefit the Canadian economy and
    growth.

--  As part of the DPS, DND will publish a Defence Acquisition Guide - which
    will list its key military equipment procurement intentions - to help
    Canadian firms to position themselves for success.

Quotes

"Defence procurement continues to be - above all - about getting the right equipment, at the right time, and at the right price, to our men and women in uniform. They deserve nothing less. We are committed to early, transparent and substantive dialogue with our defence industry, because we recognize that Canadian industries are critical partners in ensuring that we provide the most innovative, cutting-edge equipment solutions to support the operational requirements of a modern, flexible military. "

The Honourable Rob Nicholson
P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of National Defence

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Press Secretary to the Minister of National Defence
Office of the Minister of the
Department of National Defence
(613) 996-3100

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