"What we need is clarity and a vision for the future of the defence industry’s capabilities that will be retained in the UK."
NICK CHAFFEY, DEFENCE CONSULTING, PA CONSULTING GROUP
Nick Chaffey, global head of defence and security consulting at PA Consulting Group, and Ed Savage, defence expert at PA Consulting Group, have been quoted in an article in a Daily Telegraph special report on careers in defence. The article reports that, with defence budgets and military personnel undergoing drastic cuts, new and improved methods of procurement are required.
Nick comments that the area of defence most likely to see change is the in-service support, or the provision of services and resources that ensure operations can go ahead. Nick suggests that there will be a “strategic shift” and that this will create opportunities for those ready to embrace them: “This might include taking on more of the support roles, including purchasing of spares, and delivering more contracts on an availability basis – where the contractor is responsible for making sure there are always reserves of equipment ready to be used. This sort of approach gives industry the ability to manage its portfolio in a more integrated way.”
Ed is also quoted in the article, giving his view on career opportunities in light of job losses at the MOD and comments on the hope that MOD staff will find jobs in the newly beefed-up private sector: “They should also find that, once the initial changes have taken place, their working environment will improve, and there may be better pay packages and opportunities for career advancement.”
Finally, Nick provides the article's concluding remarks: “The Government needs to clarify its own Defence Industrial Strategy. What we need is clarity and a vision for the future of the defence industry’s capabilities that will be retained in the UK.”
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