Capability Acquisition and Canadian Defence Policy: Programme Achievability and Resilience?

  • Douglas Dempster
Part of the Canada and International Affairs book series (CIAF)


The relationship of Canadian defence policy and capability acquisition is explored in terms of endogenous and exogenous factors. The chapter reviews historical and international contexts before an overview of capability portfolio strategy. The sources of the tarnished reputation of defence procurement are deemed to be a “conspiracy of optimism”, heavy process overheads and shortfalls in project management capacity. Approaches to building achievability and resilience are proposed, building on complex project leadership competencies to navigate towards project success.


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  • Douglas Dempster
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  1. 1.Canadian Armed Forces (Retired)OttawaCanada

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