Contracts for defence kit to be overhauled
Ministry of Defence officials have again been forced to overhaul their plans to enlist commercial knowhow to the management of the £14bn-budget agency that buys military equipment.
Having failed to effectively privatise Bristol-based Defence Equipment & Support last year, officials have instead been looking at outsourcing swathes of its functions.
There were going to be three major contracts put out for bids, which included getting the private sector to run IT and human resources at hopefully a cheaper cost than could be achieved in-house.
However, the most important contract, programme delivery, which includes controlling costs when buying kit from guns to tanks, has now been separated into four along the lines of the three armed forces and combined command. No one company would be allowed to win more than two of these deals.
There is speculation that this is in response to industry fears that the US engineering conglomerate Bechtel was red-hot favourite to land the deal. The California-based group was the only contractor willing to go ahead with a bid for the earlier plan to semi-privatise DE&S, before the process fell apart in December due to that lack of competitive tension. The MoD denies Bechtel has an advantage.
Defence Minister Phillip Dunne said: “DE&S has an unprecedented opportunity to deliver equipment increasingly on time, and at the agreed price, making sure the taxpayer always gets value for money.”
- 1 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 2 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 3 Van driver who comforted Clark Carlisle and called 999 after suicide attempt dies age 24
- 4 James Blunt was special guest on the highest-rating Top Gear episode ever
- 5 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts
iJobs Money & Business
£15000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company offers a range of ...
£15000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Customer Service Advisors are r...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £45K: SThree: SThree were established in 1986....
£40000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Compliance Manager is require...