UK MoD response to National Audit Office report

Posted: 05/22/2011
UK Ministry of Defence [MoD]
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Defence Minister Peter Luff said:"The NAO recognises that the Urgent Operational Requirements (UOR) process is swiftly delivering world class equipment to the battlefield. Since May 2010, nearly £350M on new protected vehicles and upgrades to existing ones has been approved through the UOR process to meet emerging threats and requirements on operations.
However, the NAO once again highlights serious flaws in the wider procurement process under the previous Government based on chronic over optimism by both Ministers and industry and a fundamentally unaffordable Defence programme. We are absolutely committed to a funded and realistic Defence equipment programme to ensure our Armed Forces are properly equipped and tax-payers get value for money.
Given the disastrous state of the Department’s finances we inherited, this change will take time.The Defence Reform Unit, chaired by Lord Levene, is conducting a radical reform of the way the Department does business. In addition, the Major Projects Review Board will hold those responsible for project failure personally to account. The Chief of Defence Material’s work on reforming defence acquisition will also result in a more agile and professional organisation better able to manage the complex equipment needs of our Armed Forces."