The Ministry of Defence is not fit for purpose. Every year it wastes billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money. Heated arguments between the heads of the navy, the army and the RAF are preventing urgent decisions at a time when the services face unprecedented challenges. Now it is reported that Dominic Cummings has set his sights on the MoD. Whatever you might think of Boris Johnson’s senior aide, he has identified a massive failure in decision-making in Whitehall. “The MoD is good at identifying lessons,” the 2016 Chilcot report noted in a devastating passage, “but less good at learning them.” There is little evidence it has got any better at learning them. The navy’s new fleet of seven Astute-class submarines will be further delayed, adding to already large cost overruns, according to figures collected by the independent Nuclear Information Service. That project, originally budgeted at a little over £8bn, is now officially estimated to cost nearly £11bn. Mark Francois, a member of the defence committee in the last parliament, has described the Astute project as a “disaster”.
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