Before any piece of equipment can be developed or purchased there has to be some form of requirements setting exercise.
A masterpiece of of ‘getting to the point’, this memo from Winston Churchill sets out the requirements for the Mulberry harbour system that would be used for the Allied landings in Normandy.
From May 1942
To June 1944
Some might think Mulberry was a relatively simple ‘engineering’ problem but there were many innovative and boundary pushing elements that needed some measure of research and development.
Requirement to deployment in 2 years
FRES, Type 26, F35…
It even took a year to get this into service
Where did it all go wrong?
[A more detailed memo, with thanks to Becket Rankine]