Since at least 1998, UK Defence management has been continually subject to reform. From the smart procurement initiative through to this year’s modernising defence programme (MDP), the UK seems unable to unite around a settled and consistent way to deliver defence capabilities and manage the multiple imperatives and demands of defence.
With research undertaken in parallel with the MDP, the authors present a report that critically reflects upon the MoD’s appetite for policy and geopolitical discussion whilst downgrading the criticality of portfolio, programme, project management, risk management and supply chain management competencies.
With access to previous defence procurement ministers, senior officials and a number of consulting partners charged with reform, the authors make the case for a more substantive and professional culture of management within UK defence.
The report of the research will be available on the night.