Canada has not had a focused military shipbuilding program for some years and one of the outcomes from this is that uniformed and civilian staff within the Department of National Defence have not managed to acquire the skillsets necessary to support large acquisition programs in an effective manner. In addition to this, in recent years, numbers of former Department of National Defence staff have transitioned to Industry, often in senior positions as Industry wish to make use of the information held by these staff. The logical extension is that many sectors in the Canadian Industrial base also lack the skillsets to support large acquisition programs and have to rely on foreign third party support where they are able to call upon it. The paper will discuss the concept of providing a set of Workshops, “Think Tanks” and provide feedback to Project Teams on their approaches linked to likely outcomes with the aim of transferring knowledge to the project team members and empowering the project teams with a “Systems Thinking” culture.

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