A story in the National Post reveals that Canada’s federal government doesn’t think it’s under any obligation to ensure that the military equipment it purchases can actually do the job.
The admission came from evidence in a court case that was the result of a complaint by two defence firms arguing that the government’s decision to award a contract to MDA Software, was unfair.
The bidding brouhaha is over a $5.6M contract to provide search and rescue mission software and the competing companies questioning the government’s decision were stunned when officials admitted that not only did they never test the winning system but they didn’t know whether it actually met Canadian Forces or Canadian Coast Guard requirements.
What could possibly go wrong?
The real take-away from Public Services and Procurement Canada’s admission though is that even when it comes to potentially life-saving technology, apparently the feds can’t be bothered to take the time to test-drive the stuff!