Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'm pleased to be here again to discuss the Department of National Defence supplementary estimates (C). The estimates I will speak to this afternoon represent core requirements for National Defence.
The funding our department is requesting will contribute directly to the operational effectiveness of our military. This will help Canada achieve success both at home and abroad. The department has requested additional funding of approximately $29 million in these estimates. This represents a fraction of our overall estimated spending of $18.8 billion in this fiscal year.
The requests we have made in these supplementary estimates will serve three important purposes in pursuit of the government agenda: first, our commitment to actively contribute to peace and security in the world; second, our commitment to building a strong, modern, and ethnically diverse force through a targeted recruitment; and third, our commitment to good stewardship of resources.
On the first point, our engagement in the world, the largest part of today's requests pertains to Operation Reassurance. This operation relates to NATO assurance and deterrence measures in central and eastern Europe. Canada is a strong and proud partner in the alliance. We stand ready to deploy military personnel and equipment in support of our allies when and where they are needed.
These estimates reflect already-announced changes in our approach to these measures. Canada will assume a leadership role as one of four framework nations as part of NATO's enhanced forward presence. We will be responsible for establishing a leading multinational NATO battle group in Latvia. This demonstrates the high level of trust that allies have for us in Canada. It is also a clear demonstration of Canadian leadership on the international stage and the value of our women and men in uniform.
The additional funding requested for Operation Reassurance will ensure that our military is able to meet its defence commitments around the world.
We are also requesting approximately $2.6 million for the important work that the Communications Security Establishment is doing to address the crisis in Iraq and Syria.
I will turn your attention now to the second topic, recruitment. The most valuable and effective asset in the Canadian Armed Forces' arsenal is its people. We need to continue attracting the best and brightest Canada has to offer into the ranks of our military if we are going to succeed. That requires a concerted recruitment effort including advertising to attract motivated, talented, and qualified women and men to make up today's armed forces. We are requesting an additional $1 million to help build that force through targeted recruiting. In fact, recruitment is the only reason National Defence advertises. We also know how important it is to draw from the entire breadth and depth of Canadian talent.
I would now like to address our third request, which is about good stewardship and giving our women and men in uniform the tools they need. Specifically, we are requesting that roughly $19,000 from the sale of National Defence property be reinvested in an explosive ordnance disposal facility at CFB Gagetown. By reinvesting money from our other revenues, we will ensure that reinvestments in needed facilities like this have no impact on the public purse.
Finally, I would like to talk about transfers. As part of these estimates, National Defence will be receiving $2.8 million in transfers from other departments. An example of this is a $713,000 transfer from Public Services and Procurement Canada. This will help improve contracting and procurement and make it more efficient. Another transfer comes from Global Affairs Canada and totals $91,000 to support defence and security work at missions abroad.
DND will also be transferring funds to other government departments, $3.4 million in fact. This includes $403,000 to the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to support joint research grant projects. We will also direct $1.9 million to Global Affairs Canada for a command centre project in Guatemala.
These are some of the many projects that make up the overall budgetary picture of DND.
In short, Mr. Chair, it all comes down to one thing, solid financial stewardship. The Department of National Defence is committed to maximizing value for Canadian tax dollars.
We are committed to ensuring that the money we manage has a positive impact on our most important asset, which is our people. As we move toward a new fiscal year, we continue to build on the government's priorities. We do this while operating within a whole-of-government framework and a complex fiscal environment.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity today to demonstrate how DND is advancing the government's agenda. I will take your questions.