Moreover, a national plan is to be drawn for DND’s property holdings, highlighting the importance of only keeping sites that support operations.
A directive issued by the authorities reads: “We will also reduce portfolio size, footprint and associated overhead costs by consolidating Defence operations and programs to fewer operational sites and ensuring maximum usage of all facilities in an affordable and sustainable manner.”
According to Liberal Sen. Colin Kenny, shutting down bases and selling assets is crucial since unnecessary or underused facilities are costing a heavy amount. Roughly, 25 per cent of DND’s facilities, a number of which date back to the Second World War, could be sold or closed, said Kenny, the former chairman of the senate’s defence committee.
Kenny added: “It’s been kept alive by political pressure and its costing millions to keep operating.”
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