Duplicitous Behaviour – Saying One Thing and Doing the Exact Opposite
It should be noted that the defence manufacturing industry has been excluded from the list of industry sectors and technologies at which the Government is planning to throw public money. Quite rightly.
Because, when it comes to the Ministry of Defence and the procurement of defence equipment for the Armed Forces, the record of performance over the decades has been abysmal.
Not least because for some years now, Defence Contractors have repeatedly expressed their eagerness to invest Private Sector capital in MoD equipment acquisition programmes, provided MoD reveals more information about its spending plans.
Yet, Defence Contractors’ behaviour is contrary to declarations of intent made in public because they have been found to be hoarding mountains of cash clandestinely and then sitting on it, instead of using it to fund in-house research & development to gain a competitive advantage, boost productivity and readying off-the-shelf products – by advancing the developmental status of their staring-points for the Technical Solution from its existing condition, to a point where it will satisfy the qualitative and quantitative requirements expressed in the invitation to tender, which will also serve to ease the burden on MoD’s equipment budget.
This amounts to duplicitous behaviour – saying one thing and doing the exact opposite!
The nub of the problem is that Contractors’ Business Model is founded on lies and deception; perpetrated by the few upon the unsuspecting many – Governments, Shareholders, Members of Parliament, employees, academics, the military, Supply Chain partners, journalists and the wider community – over several decades.
Not a shred of honest intent is to be detected anywhere.
A proposal for eliciting Private Sector investment capital into defence procurement programmes is set out in this written submission to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s ongoing inquiry into Industrial Strategy.
The pdf copy of the paper can be downloaded from:
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