Tuesday, 5 July 2011

MoD Loses Track Of £6.3 billion Assets

It's not lost, they are just "temporarily unsure of the exact position", a distinction anyone who has ever studied navigation appreciates.

The are two reasons for the discrepancy:

1   No major losses recently like Atlantic Conveyor in 1982 or COD Donnington the following year to blame missing kit on.

2    Camouflaging so much equipment. It stands to reason that it will get lost. Compare the two photos below:


Thud said...

A cheap shot I know but the pink camo is probablyt on the horizon the way things are going

CherryPie said...

COD Donnington... That brings back memories.

Brian said...

Seriously, the MoD has a very complicated problem of a massive inventory spread over a large number of sites. It's bigger than Tescos. The knee jerk response of blaming the problem on Mod civil servants doesn't wash with me because their knowledge and goodwill is part of the solution to the problem. They are the shaft and fletching onto which the arrowhead of the armed services is attached.
Investment in modern logistics, more staff training and good leadership is needed to put into place a resilient, agile system designed from the frontline backwards.
I remember how everyone blamed PSA for a lot more than its own mistakes but are the functions it carried out really done any better now?

CherryPie said...

Some of the kit will go missing in the field. That is what happens when a war is going on...

Brian said...

Agreed about kit going astray in a war (the paperwork eventually catches up with it) - if only Iraq and Afghanistan had been fought as full-on wars ab-initio instead of strategy being dictated by considerations of minimising cost - but that's the politicians' fault.
One thing worse than having kit going missing is having more than one is meant to ... Gibraltar harbour had half a dozen typewriters dumped on the seabed for some reason not unconnected with a forthcoming audit inspection. No names, no pack drill.