DefenceSynergia notes that the MOD has recently released its 2022 Procurement Overview subtitled ‘Doing Business with Defence’.
The MOD says “We are one of the biggest public procurement organisations in Europe, and the single largest customer for UK industry. Over the next decade we are committed to spending over £190 billion on equipment and support. We have a diverse range of requirements, including everything from military fighting vehicles to education services, nuclear submarines to facilities management. Our customers include our Armed Forces and national security agencies. Our aim is to ensure that our customers are provided with the best capabilities to enable them to protect the UK’s security and to advance the UK’s interests, both now and in the long term.
We want to encourage innovation and wider SME participation throughout our supply chain and will continue to pursue policies and practices that make it easier for new and smaller businesses to identify, compete for and win opportunities with the Ministry of Defence (MOD).
This will help us to deliver our vision of a vibrant, sustainable, and competitive UK industrial base, while obtaining the best possible value for money for the taxpayer.”
The above ambition is laudable but DS wonders if it would not benefit the UK more if MOD had as its principal stated goal ‘Properly funded and equipped Defence Forces to match the threats that exist to the security of the United Kingdom and its People’. Just a thought!