A report in today’s Independent says Britain’s armed forces could be almost £21bn short of the money it needs to buy equipment to combat mounting threats over the next decade.
The Public Accounts Committee said it was “highly sceptical” that the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) ongoing modernisation programme would solve affordability issues and ensure Britain’s capabilities against cyber, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and electromagnetic attacks.
The report concluded that the department “simply does not have enough money to buy all the equipment it says it needs” and accused it of losing control over costs.
It is clear that the MoD needs to improve efficiencies and move with the times.
For starters, I do not believe that high cost offices in London are viable for all civil service departments. More cost-effective alternatives can be found outside the City.
Duplication and lack of technology and infrastructure is also creating enormous waste.
Organisations, including central government departments, should undergo a review on efficiencies and capital requirements every five years at the very least. The MoD’s modernisation programme is not moving quickly enough.