Dissecting Military and Security Outsourcing in Canada’s Expeditionary Culture

Afghanistan and the Future

Authored by: Christopher Spearin

The Routledge Research Companion to Security Outsourcing in the Twenty-first Century

Print publication date:  June  2016
Online publication date:  June  2016

Print ISBN: 9781472426833
eBook ISBN: 9781315613376
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042228


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Military and security outsourcing is now a fixture in the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) expeditionary operations. In August 2013, even with no substantial foreign military engagement underway at that time, the Department of National Defence (DND) initiated the second iteration of the Canadian Forces Contractor Augmentation Program (CANCAP). This represented an initial five-year obligation valued at CDN$425 million for commercial support and logistics for expeditionary operations. Additionally, and stemming in part from the CAF’s decade-long efforts in Afghanistan, CANCAP II included security services as part of the larger contingency contracting suite.

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