Canada’s military is suffering from a shortage of procurement employees. In the 1980s, the procurement sector for the Department of Defense housed 9,000 employees. Today only 4,155 remain. This has caused a lack of purchasing power within the department, leading to the country’s lack of updated equipment. According to the Global News article “the current system involving myriad checks and balances is designed more for avoiding political controversy than actually making decisions.”
With Canada employing less than 50% of it’s 1980 procurement number, a major whole has developed. The expertise to handle multibillion-dollar military projects is severly lacking. Canada must take notes from similar sized countries to see how they can properly manage and grow their military resources. Although Canada may not consider defense as much of a priority as the United States, it can be an opportunity to grow local businesses within the country.