"Shorter acquisition cycles should result in more stable funding, since there is less time for review and change."
GENERAL SIR MIKE JACKSON, DAVID WALTERS, DEFENCE CONSULTING, PA CONSULTING GROUP
Your report (“MoD bungles will leave soldiers lacking armoured vehicles until 2025”, May 20) highlights some serious issues with a number of armoured vehicle projects since 1992, caused in part by the lack of stable funding, requirements and technical solutions.
While it may seem overly simplistic, we believe that by reducing acquisition cycles and rigorously maintaining delivery timescales the Ministry of Defence should be able to improve on the National Audit Office’s rather bleak forecast for armoured vehicles out to 2025. Shorter acquisition cycles should result in more stable funding, since there is less time for review and change, and the need to maintain demanding delivery timescales should result in a more pragmatic approach to setting and trading requirements and selecting appropriate technical solutions.
Mike Jackson, Former Chief of the General Staff and Senior Adviser, PA Consulting Group
David Walters, defence expert, PA Consulting Group.