Tag Ministry of Defence

Surely Some Mistake

I must admit, this almost passed me by. The annual ‘kick the MoD in the balls’ report from the National Audit Office (NAO), properly known as the Major Projects Report was published over a week ago. The National Audit Office has…

Accountable to Parliament

When the MoD published the ‘Defence in Numbers‘ booklet the equipment lists were clearly an error, perhaps an error produced by a junior person. A number of press outlets picked it up, after Think Defence of course! At the end…

Spot the Mistooks

The MoD has issued a glossy brochure that yet again, tries to hammer home the point that we are globally engaged, spend gazillions on defence and meet NATO 2% GDP and 20% on new equipment targets, unlike the other slackers…

A Lack of Skills

Returning to a common theme, a recent story from ADS described how Frazer Nash had won an MoD contract; Engineering consultancy Frazer-Nash has won two competitively tendered bids to provide comprehensive safety & environmental and information security technical support for…

Agile Development

I have been reading about Agile Development, a method designed for software development, and wondered if it is a technique that could be applied to hardware, defence hardware. Agile Development is like many approaches to complex problems, an amalgamation of…

MoD Category A and B Project Names

A couple of recent FOI requests have highlighted the Category A and B projects the MoD is currently working on. These are divided into categories; Category Procurement Cost Approving Authority A Above £400M DE&S Investment Board, IAB, MOD Ministers and…

Drone Secrecy

We all know that the RAF’s Reaper, Defender/Islander and Shadow R1 aircraft do secret stuff in secret places, but so does the RC135W Rivet Joint. In the recent PQ on aircraft numbers the MoD listed the forward and depth fleet…