3.1 Defence

Equipment, Support, and Technology for UK Defence and Security: A Consultation Paper – Part Three – Specific Areas – 3.1 Defence

3.1.1 Capability related industrial sectors

The MOD currently buys a wide range of equipment, support, and services from external suppliers to meet its requirements. At the same time, MOD may be undertaking the relatively straightforward procurement of personal clothing alongside the development and construction of highly complex and advanced nuclear-powered submarines. MOD’s current approach is structured around the industrial sectors [...]

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3.1.1 Capability related industrial sectors – General and Specific Questions

General question: Is the MOD’s sector-based approach, based around a dual strategy of competition on the global market and intervention where necessary, the best way to meet the UK’s capability needs?   Specific question: How should MOD balance the benefits and constraints from making long-term arrangements with a supplier in a particular sector? Should a [...]

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3.1.2 Urgent Operational Requirements (UORs)

The considerable effort that MOD has put into UOR development and delivery in recent years has enabled the rapid purchase or modification of equipment to address urgent and unforeseen capability needs. It has been used to great effect in support of our operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The timely delivery of equipment ranging from the [...]

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3.1.2 Urgent Operational Requirements (UORs) – General and Specific Questions

General question: Q64. Is the MOD’s sector-based approach, based around a dual strategy of competition on the global market and intervention where necessary, the best way to meet the UK’s defence capability needs? Specific questions: Q65. What are the key sectors in delivering defence capability? Is MOD’s current approach to these sectors appropriate in the [...]

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3.1.3 Defence support

Industry has always played a role in providing logistics and service support to our Armed Forces on operations. However, this role has grown significantly over the past 10 years, with contractors providing vital support in Iraq and now Afghanistan. Experience has also shown that, if used effectively, industry can offer value for money in delivering [...]

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3.1.3 Defence support – General and Specific Questions

General question: Q69. Does the MOD involve industry sufficiently in providing support to the Armed Forces? Specific questions: Q70. What support roles should only be delivered by the Armed Forces? Q71. What support roles could legitimately be provided by industry? Q72. How can the MOD remain an intelligent customer if it outsources more activity? Q73. [...]

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3.1.4 Defence acquisition reform

The scale and complexity of defence acquisition presents formidable and everincreasing challenges, which MOD has sometimes in recent decades not met. For example, when not managing to keep programmes within agreed time, cost, and performance parameters; or not identifying and mitigating risks effectively, as in the tragic loss of the Nimrod XV230. In the latter [...]

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