Canada’s defense chief says he does not yet know where the money for the $4.9 billion in promised upgrades for NORAD radar and surveillance systems is coming from.
in an interview with west blockMercedes Stephenson, General Wayne Eyre, was asked about the growing questions facing the government on expanding its spending plan on the NORAD upgrade.
Sources have told Global News that the military is unsure about where the money is coming from, and meetings are taking place at the department, trying to determine how much money is new. Those sources say there are significant concerns that the money may not be new, and may need to be re-capitalized from within the current defense budget.
“I haven’t fully traced the source of the funding for this,” Eyre said.
“So I can’t say for sure where it’s coming from. I would say, however, that the announcement was welcomed.”
Eyre was also asked whether the military is planning any departmental cuts to be able to allocate $4.9 billion for NORAD upgrades.
“We haven’t focused on cutting. But as always, we have to focus on rebalancing,” he said.
“The force we have today is not the force we need to support tomorrow. So we need to look at the force structure. Do we have it in the right place? Should we consider restarting units? What needs to be done so that they can play more relevant roles for the security environment of the future? That’s all important.”
Global News has sought clarity on the question from the office of Defense Minister Anita Anand.
Haven’t received any reply yet.
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Anand called the world “darker” and more “chaotic” than at any time earlier this year, and said last week that the government plans to modernize North American aerospace defense through the NORAD treaty over the next 20 years with about 40 Billion dollars will be spent. ,
As part of that, it announced $4.9 billion of what it initially said was new spending to upgrade the Northern and Continental early radar and surveillance systems.
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But it later corrected it, saying the $4.9 billion was not new and was instead the funding previously allocated under the $8 billion spending boost promised in the previous federal budget.
Eyre said in the interview that the world, in fact, stands at a “turning point” between authoritarianism and democracy, which will affect the lives of most Canadians.
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“I think history is going to see this period perhaps as a turning point in the global order, because the rules-based international order under which we have thrived for generations is as fragile as it ever was,” They said. ,
“And I think that for the rest of our lives, we’re going to see an order that’s characterized by confrontation.”
Eyre said the confrontation would be between authoritarian states and the world’s democracies.
He said it is this which is raising the concern of his counterparts in European and Asian countries.
“That danger is real,” he said. “They are all very concerned. The threat of a global conflict – of the great power struggle – is as great as it has been in decades. So we need to be concerned.,
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The significant spending announcement comes as the stakes are rising for countries that fail to prioritize their defense and security.
Uncertainty has become the word du jour in recent years marked by the global economic disaster of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing supply chain conflicts with social unrest.
Then there is the crisis of climate change and natural disasters, as well as geo-strategic threats to countries like Canada. The melting of Arctic sea ice makes inhospitable regions more easily navigable, with actors such as China and Russia making a habit of defying international laws.
At the same time, Russia’s unprovoked and terrifying invasion of Ukraine has exacerbated many of the current global economic pressures on supply chains, while Canadian officials have barred it as an existential threat to the rules-based international order established after World War II. – repeatedly described.
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Whether the Canadian military is going to be able to recruit the members needed to face a more volatile world that continues to dog the military.
A recent report earlier this year warned that systemic racism, discrimination and sexual misconduct were “adversarial” to potential new recruits, and were clearly encouraging a new generation of Canadians to fix the military’s own culture in the country. directly linked to the ability to engage with the national security challenges facing the U.S.
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Federal Liberals launched an independent review of how to fix military culture last year in the wake of several special reports from Global News on sexual misconduct allegations against senior leaders.
Former Supreme Court Justice of Canada Lewis Arbor led that review and, in late May, issued a scathing report, calling the military’s leadership “incompetent” to fix the system and the military’s current cultural problems as “obligations”. Considered. Country.
Among his recommendations were the need to reform the Royal Military College Kingston and the Royal Military College Saint-Jean – the universities that train future leaders in the Canadian Forces.
Arbor called them “institutions of a different era”.
“There are legitimate reasons to question the wisdom of maintaining the existence of these military colleges as they currently exist,” Arbor wrote.
“There is a real risk that perpetuating a discriminatory culture in colleges will slow the pace of culture change initiated by the CAF. There is enough evidence that military colleges are not fulfilling their mandate that I believe That alternatives should be explored with an open mind.
Ayre said the military should “embracing” Arbor’s recommendations.
“We have to take an unbiased look, is the institution fit for the purpose of the 21st century and producing what is needed?” They said.
“Many are proud of the post-secondary institution they came from. But as we move forward we have to keep an open mind and see without any emotion what is best for Canada, what is best for our military to prepare the leader we need for the future. What is good ,
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