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
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