In his new book, Alan Williams, the former Assistant Deputy Minister (Material) for the Department of National Defence who signed Canada into the second phase of the F-35 program in 2002, challenges various government assertions surrounding the F-35 and details how the procurement process was rigged in favour of the F-35 deal.
In an exclusive interview airing on CBC Radio's The House Saturday, Williams tells host Evan Solomon the decision to sole-source the F-35 "began with a breakdown in accountability and a hijacking of the process by the bureaucrats."
Williams explains that the military is responsible for telling the bureaucrats what they need in a document called the Statement of Requirements (SOR). Once approved, the bureaucrats are supposed to take that SOR and invite suppliers to bid on it. Only once once the bureaucrats have found a winning bidder can a recommendation be made to the minister in charge.