Britain is wasting billions on defense, spending Watchdog says


The Public Accounting Commission has accused the Pentagon of having a “broken” system for procuring military equipment.

Billions of pounds of taxpayers are wasting money as the Pentagon is constantly unable to learn from its mistakes, according to the Commons spending watchdog.

The Public Accounting Commission (PAC) has released a highly critical report accusing it of having a “broken” system for procuring military equipment.

“I’m very disappointed and dissatisfied with the ongoing poor performance,” the cross-party committee said in a report released Wednesday.

“Taxpayers waste billions of money,” MP asked the Treasury and Cabinet Office to consider a MoD model for delivering equipment.

“The department’s system for providing key equipment functions is broken, wasting taxpayers’ money repeatedly,” they write.

The PAC warned that the department “monitored many costly failures” and “is constantly failing to learn from mistakes.”

They called for further “catastrophes” like the £ 5.5bn Ajax tank program, which had been plagued by problems, to be avoided by a larger opening early in the procurement process.

However, MP said in evidence to the Commission that it was not convinced that MoD was “severe enough” or could quickly achieve the required “fundamental gradual change in performance.” I did.

They also said witnesses did not guarantee them that they “not only throw good money after bad”, what additional capacity taxpayers have from last year’s spending review of £ 16.5 billion. Raised concerns that the department was unclear as to whether to obtain the taxpayer.

“We are deeply concerned that department witnesses are unable or unwilling to answer basic questions,” the committee said.

Dame Meg Hillier, PAC Chair, said: The department’s budget is not simply used to fill the financial gaps throughout the program.

“No matter who we ask throughout the ministry, whatever their specific responsibilities, they all seem to point to this same additional funding as a solution to their problem.

“MoD senior executives can escape by sacrificing hours of unpleasant time in front of a special committee, leaving one of the biggest financial holes in the government sector’s budget, not just now. It seems that he calculated that he could do it, but every year.

“This committee has determined that this situation cannot and will not continue.”

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