|MoD kit blunders letting down our troops, says MP
of some £5 billion in the last two years are straining an already tight defence budget.
Mr Bacon said: "It is disgraceful that the MoD cannot even manage to follow its own rules. This has meant that, after six years, 'Smart' Acquisition has not achieved very much, making it look more like dumb acquisition".
The report finds that equipment delays are worse than at any time in the last decade, and the MoD could not say when it expected to see any consistent improvement in the situation. The report also found that still not enough work is undertaken early in a project to prevent a bad investment decision.
Mr Bacon added: "It seems no one at the MoD is ever to blame for this sorry mess. It is our servicemen and women who lose out, yet the MoD seems to feel little embarrassment in continually letting them down. This must stop".
13 October 2005
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