October 20 and 21 2014. Investigative journalism at its best!
Journal de Montreal published the results of an outstanding independent and rigorous in-depth journalistic inquiry revealing significant and disturbing well-documented and well-researched flagrant spending habits by the DND and CF establishment. The ground-breaking reporting by Jean-Nicolas Blanchet exposes some thought-provoking examples of widespread waste, featherbedding, a bloated officer corps and perennial waste and inefficiencies.
DATA OBTAINED FROM DND OFFICIAL SOURCES
Journal de Montreal obtained most of its data from the Department of National Defence through the submission of access to information requests. Given the magnitude of reported excess bureaucracy, redundant privileged allowances and systemic program inefficiencies it recommends that a wall-to-wall EXTERNAL and INDEPENDENT review and audit of DND appropriations be conducted by an external agency such as the Parliamentary Budget Officer.
SOME NOTABLE EXAMPLES
TOP HEAVY OFFICER STRUCTURE
a. The Canadian military is over-officiered. 24 percent of all personnel are commissionned officer. The percentage is 17% in the United Kingdom and 18 % in the USA;
b. There is one general officer for every 745 soldiers in Canada which twice as much as the US armed forces which has one general officer for every 1631 soldiers.
NDHQ IS THE LARGEST CF BASE IN CANADA AND THE KINGDOM OF BUREAUCRACY
c. There are approximately 20,000 people working at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa which is as much as the numbers being housed at the Pentagon in Washington. The former services a 67,000 military force while the second services an armed forces of over 1 million persons.
e. The contingent of Public affairs specialists at DND/CF has ballooned from 486 in 2003 to 700 in 2014.
CONTINUED PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION
d. The Armed Forces spends 700 millions annually for professional training and education.
e. Certain officers spend no less than one third of their entire careers attending educational institutions while drawing a full salary and earning pension entitlements.
f. Each year, approximately 20 officers attend prestigious international universities costing each thousands and thousands of dollars to earn advances degrees.
f. A military judge completed a one-year course at the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom leading to a Master in Laws at the cost of $246,888 which includes the costs of providing him with something as banal as ‘stylos.’ All the while drawing his full salary and earning regular annuity benefits.