posted on Aug, 20 2012 @ 06:08 PM
Most of you are sufficiently well versed in British naval procurement that you know in your little heart of hearts that this new warship class will
come in late, miles over budget and without some of the basics. That represents a colossal waste of money. It's not just ships, it's aircraft, it's
fighting vehicles. It's just about everything the MoD buys.
There's something profoundly out of balance between the Ministry of Defence and those who supply the British armed forces. Companies such as BAE have
demonstrated time and time again that they're completely unable, more probably unwilling, to deliver the kit our servicemen need any faster, any
better or any cheaper.
That's in no small measure due to the complete lack of any competition in the British arms market (and don't BAE know it ?!), that and the
unwillingness of politicians to buy anything other than British, simply in order to keep local electorates sweet (especially in Scotland where the
benefits of union with England are, to many, just no longer apparent ... a sad truth). Then there's the corruption now endemic in British public
life, where politicians and civil servants with the responsibility for major procurement decisions end up working for the very same companies to which
they've signed off huge contracts. Bonus please !
The problem with what I suggest, that of buying American (or from anywhere else) is that once we do that, there's a very good chance we'll lose the
ability to build warships, tanks & aircraft altogether. No patriotic orders for expensive, second rate kit=immediate factory closures, job losses and
the emasculation of design, engineering & metallurgical/material skills which have taken decades to pull together. I think the NATO governments need
to consider whether closer cooperation in warship design & procurement might not be the way ahead, the introduction of standard warship classes,