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The F-35 program would cost $44.8-billion over its lifetime a new KPMG report. Photo Keith Simmons.
NEWS RELEASE · 21st January 2013
Lee Berthiaume, Postmedia News
Former top defence official defends handling of F-35 file, blames Harper government secrecy

The man who for seven years oversaw billions of dollars in military contracts and purchasing is defending the way he and his Defence Department staff managed the F-35 stealth fighter program.

In his first interview since retiring from the public service on Jan. 2, Dan Ross, the former assistant deputy minister of defence materiel, blames the Harper government’s culture of secrecy, and a lack of accountability at all levels of government, for the project having run so disastrously off the runway.

At the same time, Ross provides an explosive window into a military procurement system that has ground to a halt thanks to infighting between bureaucrats, and which he says threatens to leave the country’s men and women in uniform without the equipment they need.

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