Although we know the recent PAC report on Carrier Strike is shot through with nonsense and therefore makes great copy, this from Bernard Gray makes interesting reading…
It is nothing new of course, it was all in the evidence sessions some time ago, no great revelations, but it is the only story I have seen that defends the civil servants and those military personnel at the core of the project team.
If you cast you mind and mouse back to the TD archives you can read how all along I and a few others said the decision to switch to the CTOL variant was rushed and based on incomplete data, almost as if the decision had been made and information made to fit later.
I have also maintained that the decision making process should be under greater scrutiny because it cost £100m or thereabouts.
When MoD civil servants are being publicly crucified and GOCO for DE&S being touted as the cure for all ills we should do well to note where the root cause of £100m being spunked up the wall was, senior officers playing their games and those in the House of Commons should carry the burden but I expect the media will carry on with their lazy journalistic stereotyping.
H/T Red Trousers for the link