In May 2008, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the Canada First Defense Strategy (CFDS), a sweeping modernization program with goals ranging from increasing the strength of the armed forces to bolstering Canadian assets and claims in the Arctic, while resetting and refitting a force worn down by almost eight years of combat in Afghanistan.
The Harper government outlined an ambitious spending program that would fund the vision, and plans call for an increase in funding for the Canadian Forces from C$18 billion ($16.8 million) in 2007‑08 to more than C$30 billion in 2027-28. Ottawa wants to spend C$490 billion over the next 20 years for new equipment and training to meet a variety of threats. The document calls for C$60 billion to be spent on replacing damaged, worn-out or aging equipment such as helicopters, small maritime patrol vessels, aircraft, destroyers, frigates and ground combat vehicles. Indeed, the plan calls for 15 ships to replace existing destroyers and frigates; 10-12 maritime patrol aircraft; 17 fixed-wing search-and-rescue aircraft, and 65 next-generation fighters.
That said, many of these programs “are nowhere,” Jack Granatstein of the Canadian Defense and Foreign Affairs Institute said at a conference earlier this year, and other Canadian defense watchers are highly skeptical about when and if any of these programs will see the light of day. I've got a much longer look at the Canadian reset plans in the June DTI, which you can read here.