Ministry of Defence systems for buying new equipment are so inefficient they are "harming our ability" to conduct operations, a leaked report suggests. According to the Sunday Times, the dossier concluded the MoD's acquisition programme was £35bn over budget and five years behind schedule. It says the report's author Bernard Gray, a former government adviser, has called the problems "endemic". The MoD said it was working on the problems detailed in the draft report. The Sunday Times claims to have seen the full 296-page report and it highlights a number of Mr Gray's comments from the review.
"How can it be that it takes 20 years to buy a ship, or aircraft, or tank? Why does it always seem to cost at least twice what was thought?"
"Even worse, at the end of the wait, why does it never quite seem to do what it was supposed to?"
He concluded the current programme is unaffordable in the long term and the MoD's procurement section should be privatised.