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19 Aug 11. Logistics: Report Published. The Public Accounts Select Committee published (19 Aug 11) a Report on The Use of Information to Manage the Defence Logistic Supply Chain. The MoD hopes to resolve its difficulties through the ‘Future Logistics Information Services’ project, which is due to be implemented by 2014. However, there is some uncertainty about funding for the project.
Comment: The MoD spent at least £347m in 2010/11 on transporting supplies overseas, excluding some flight costs. About 130,300 individual deliveries were made to Afghanistan alone in 2010. The Report is published with a transcript of the evidence taken on 13 Jun 11 and is available, as HC 1202, for £11:00. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 11/32, 22 Aug 11)
28 Jul 11. MoD Main Estimates 2011/12: Defence Committee Report. The Defence Committee published (28 Jul 11) a Report on the MoD’s Main Estimates for the Financial Year 2011/12. The Estimates are presented in a new format, broken down by category rather than by individual Service, and indicate areas of MoD expenditure for this Financial Year.
The Committee notes that the voluntary redundancy programme has been over-subscribed and that applications have been received from individuals who might have achieved high command. Other areas of interest cover the costs of Operations and of equipment write-offs.
Comment: The Committee concludes that the MoD “appears to be unable or unwilling to provide the kind of detailed information” asked for. The committee will thus “continue to monitor the quantity and quality of information provided”. The Report is published as HC 1373, for £11:00. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 11/32, 22 Aug 11)
16 Aug 11. The Global UAV Market 2011-2021: Demand to be driven by internal as well as external security threats, territorial disputes and modernisation initiatives by armed forces worldwide.
Publisher: ICD Research
Price: $4,800 (Single user licence)
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are the next generation of aerial platforms to be deployed by defense ministries around the world. Demand for UAVs is fuelled by the successful deployment of these systems in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. These unmanned platforms are used as force multipliers, performing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, target recognition, damage assessment and electronic warfare. Defense ministries around the world are investing in this capability to reduce troop casualties. Mini and VTOL UAVs are also affordable and capable of performing ISR missions, and demand for these cost-effective UAVs is rising in countries with low spending power. The global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market is dominated by North America, with the US being the largest defense spender in the world. Europe is enhancing its UAV industry through regular funding and development programs, and Asia-Pacific, the third-largest market also offers a potentially attractive investment opportunity for western firms.
22 Aug 11. Research and Markets
announced the addition of the “United States Defence and Security Report Q3 2011” report to their offering. The US defence market is emerging from the boom years, as there is growing consensus over the need to control spending as deficits become an ever greater worry. Leaders have already outlined some US$400bn in cuts over the coming 12 years, but it is likely that this could grow as the government seeks to limit US deficits by controlling what is one of the largest drains on federal resources. Included in cuts already unveiled are US$78bn in savings from cutting the combined strength of the Navy and Marines by 70,000 personnel, as well as billions more in savings as a result of the w