DE&S Strategy and NAO report published

Baskar Sundaram
Baskar Sundaram

Two reports have recently been published which will be of interest to our readers.

 The first is the Defence Equipment and Support Strategy, which is a refreshed strategy aiming to ensure that DE&S secures the best possible operational and technological edge for the armed forces by 2025.

 The strategy sets out three strategic outcomes: delivering the outputs our armed forces need today, sharpening Defence’s edge for tomorrow, and driving efficiency and competitiveness together. Each strategic outcome has a set of targets to achieve by the end of 2025. These include:

  • Harnessing digital technology to improve our business operations and defence outputs, and accelerate and integrate capability
  • Maximising our professional expertise to become an intelligent, market-informed supplier, better able to inform Defence’s upfront decision-making
  • Playing a leading role in optimising Defence’s future through-life acquisition system
  • Significantly increasing Defence’s outputs by working as a true partner to industry, our armed forces, defence colleagues and our allies, as One Defence team
  • Strengthening the resilience of our industrial supply base, with a particular focus on export success and overcoming shared challenges

 The second is an National Audit Office report on Defence inventory management. Conclusions of the report include:

  • While the MoD has taken steps to improve its logistics and commodity procurement, and removed financial incentives for over-purchasing, many long-standing weaknesses remain
  • MoD has been slow to address “inefficient and poorly aligned activities and ageing legacy IT”
  • The MoD has started a number of transformation initiatives which provide opportunities to move towards realising effective, efficient and resilient inventory management. However, the scale of the change needed is substantial

Drop us a line to discuss further about these reports 

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