Had an interesting Twitter chat last night with Dr Phil Weir in reaction the UK National Defence Associations’ open letter to the Prime Minister highlighted in the Telegraph (click here)
The point they raise, and this is a commonly made point, is that the MoD has too small a budget and the continual decline, especially in comparison with other departments, risks our credibility as a great nation with a special relationship with the USA, a relationship that has kept us secure for decades.
I do wonder though, if the problem with the MoD is that it actually has too much money.
Too much money encourages waste and actively discourages efficiency.
The scale of waste in the MoD over the last few decades is truly staggering.
Maybe if the Army had a smaller budget it would not have spent a billion quid on FRES without putting a single vehicle into service, or the RAF spending several billion on Nimrod and of course, the recent F35 switcheroo that has wasted the equivalent of 10 years running costs for RFA Largs Bay.
But can an organisation like the MoD, an organisation that is saddled with so many heavy weights, do everything consistently right.
Maybe we just have to accept some level of waste and incompetence.
Just a thought.