Defence Investment Plan 2018 | Conclusion

Strong, Secure, Engaged supports a healthy, highly-motivated and highly-skilled military workforce of soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen who are ready and able to make a difference at home and overseas.

As Defence Investment Plan 2018 underlines, Strong, Secure, Engaged and its new investments in National Defence will empower an agile, multi-purpose, combat-ready military that is operated by well-trained, well-equipped and well-supported members of the Canadian Armed Forces. Bolstered by the Defence Team’s committed and professional civilian employees, this will provide the Government of Canada and Canadians with an adept and adaptable military that stands on guard to protect Canadian interests both domestically and internationally.

Among the greatest strengths of this document is that it is grounded in the most carefully costed defence policy ever developed and aligned to externally-validated costing processes. Predictable and realistic funding will enable better long-term planning, reduce the complexity of managing budgets, and make sure National Defence has the flexibility to pursue the necessary investments that enable the Canadian Armed Forces to succeed in its missions. Coupled with modernized business practices, this means Canada’s military will have the resources required to build on its world-class reputation as an effective, highly professional military force.

Equally valuable, for the first time, all Canadians have access to this information in a transparent and publicly accessible document. Defence Investment Plan 2018 brings clarity to how the defence budget is managed and spent, which will help to ensure that the deployment of federal tax dollars to fund defence priorities achieves the results Canadians expect.

The publication of the Defence Investment Plan also will help the defence industry identify new investment opportunities that will generate social and economic benefits that support not only the Canadian Armed Forces but all Canadians in communities large and small from coast to coast to coast.

The Defence Team is proud of its demonstrated capacity, detailed in Defence Investment Plan 2018, to implement Strong, Secure, Engaged efficiently and cost-effectively. It is even more proud to support Canada’s outstanding women and men in uniform—providing the equipment and tools they need during deployments and addressing the unique demands and stresses of military service on Canadian Armed Forces personnel and their families—as they work to defend Canada and protect all Canadians.

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