PETALING JAYA: It appears that despite our best interest, no one at Jalan Padang Tembak, Putrajaya or Bukit Damansara are really interested to talk about how our Armed Forces are standing up to the real world.
I guess everybody is busy politiking at the moment during this open house season and defence, the usual punching bag, will be kept under wraps until the 2012 budget is announced or not!
Anyhow, from DID, the shadow (i.e. parliamentary opposition) defence team from the Labour party in the UK published its ideas on procurement [PDF]. Among proposed measures: move to longer 10-year rolling budgets but shorter projects, focus more on affordability than “exquisite systems” (a fashionable but sensible theme nowadays), frame policy in “make or buy” terms, use “should cost” estimates and more fixed priced contracts (again things currently in the air), and restructuring of Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S).
Isnt it about time politicians talk about this things once in a while. I am not saying that West is right all the time. But should we not take heed of what others had to endure and not repeat their expensive mistakes? Or are we going to blindly follow the same path, again and again?
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