Former defence minister Peter Luff fears reforms will be crushed
The former minister in charge of buying weapons, tanks and combat gear for the armed forces has warned that the Ministry of Defence must undertake "structural, policy and attitudinal changes".
Peter Luff oversaw the start of the overhaul of the department's £14bn procurement arm when he was Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology. However, he left in the reshuffle and department plans to see the private sector take over more of the running of Defence Equipment & Support have been delayed while the business case is fleshed out.
DE&S has been hit by cost overruns, but Luff told The Independent on Sunday that he is worried "people in the department have deep reservation about reform". It is understood that senior armed servicemen are particularly worried that this would effectively be privatisation.
In a document recently distributed to defence and support services businesses, Luff argued he is "far from convinced" that those opposing the reforms have "been tamed permanently". Alluding to Shakespeare, he added that "evil may yet live after us".
He added: "It is certainly good that the defence equipment budget is now balanced and that our armed forces are better equipped than they have ever been. These achievements were hard won … though, it is by no means inevitable that they will endure unless structural, policy and attitudinal changes are made permanent at the ministry."
The Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, is currently considering a report by Bernard Gray, the top mandarin on defence procurement, on reforms under what is known as a "government-owned, contractor-operated" model.
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
- 2 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 3 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week
Instagram of US airport security chiefs: Lipstick knives and IED training kits among items seized
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
Loom bands: Bids for dress made from colourful rubber reach almost £154,000 on eBay
Israel-Gaza crisis: Eight killed in Gaza Strip cafe while watching World Cup semi-final
Supermoon 2014: When and why will the moon look bigger and brighter this summer?
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
iJobs Money & Business
£50000 - £70000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Business Analyst Consultant (Fina...
£300 - £350 per day + competitive: Orgtel: My client, a leading bank, is curre...
£28000 - £32000 per annum + pension, 25 days holiday: Ashdown Group: A highly ...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Birmingham: Randstad Education are seeking a Fi...