DND Wants “Lean Headquarters”

The Department of National Defence wants to eliminate the positions of around 1,100 managers in the Ottawa area as it tries to create what it calls a “lean headquarters.”

The initiative, based on recommendations from former Lt.-Gen. Andrew Leslie, now the Liberal MP for Orléans, is expected to take several years.

The managers in question, both public servants and those in uniform, aren’t expected to lose their jobs. Instead, they would be moved to front-line positions or employment in priority areas.

DND estimates it has 5,200 “managers” as part of its headquarters in the National Capital Region. Under the plan, that number would drop to 4,087.

  • canminuteman

    As someone who spent time as a captain at NDHQ in Ottawa I can honestly say that they could probably eliminate 75 percent of the people who work there and no one would notice the difference other that the fact that it would be easier to find parking.

    • andycanuck

      And stopping the civilian civil service posts equivalency to military rank thing too.

      • canminuteman

        When I was at NDHQ, I had one mate who had so little to do he enrolled an a post grad program at U of O and basically told his boss what he had done, with a “if you need me call me, until then you know where I am”.

        One of my punishments at NDHQ was my weekly civil service French lesson. One of my class mates had been posted to NDHQ to be a test pilot in the “New Ship Borne Helicopter” project. This is the helicopter we still haven’t got. I’d be curious to know how he filled his days. I spent a lot of time on long runs along the Rideau Canal, and in the gym lifting weights, since we were given daily time for sports. We didn’t have internet access at work, so we wiled away the hours playing solitaire. “Working” at NDHQ just about killed me.

  • andycanuck

    I’m sure Justin will be making all sorts of cuts to the Military although I wouldn’t be surprised if the deadwood reported on in the link does not get cut.

    • Clausewitz

      His first decision for the northern command would be to take away rifles from the Northern Rangers because Justin believes they only use them for hunting polar bears. I’m quite sure the Dauphin has bought the extinction of the Polar Bears Meme hook, line, and sinker, even thought stats show a population surge in the Northern Bear population.

  • FactsWillOut

    Bureaucrats don’t make for a strong military. That takes soldiers and ordinance.

  • David Murrell

    I got to visit the plush DND headquarters for a day, in the late 1980s, while writing a pro-military study for the conservative MacKenzie Institute. One of the higher floors is almost entirely devoted to media relations and media monioring. I worked there for about four hours, gathering info from VCR tapes, etc. Security was tight. In order to go to the bathroom, I had to ask one woman sergeant to lead me out to the men’s room.
    (Wasn’t allowed to go on my own).

    One wonders why they needed so many staff just on media relations.