"Boris Johnson to take aim at MoD over wasted cash..."

You're both correct. As was SJP. Which is why bringing projects in on time and budget is more difficult in public organisations than commercial.
I don’t think it is harder; the same challenges of governance occur. Also, projects in commercial have to deliver positive cash flows; very different from the average public sector project.

There are three pillars of successful project delivery; time, cost and scope.
 
It's a culture insomuch as you never see people prosecuted for under or over spending. Not should you when best endeavours are being made.
What crime have they committed?

And, if people running inherently risky projects were prosecuted for under or over spending, would anyone follow? It’s hard enough to find good project managers anyway; it’s a highly stressful role which few would take on. Most of the armchair critics would run a mile.
 
It’s hard enough to find good project managers anyway
Really, the received wisdom is you can walk into any officer's mess across the three services and find thousands of them along with expert financial controllers and strategic geniuses. Cummings is in for such a surprise when he scratches the surface.
 
What crime have they committed?

And, if people running inherently risky projects were prosecuted for under or over spending, would anyone follow? It’s hard enough to find good project managers anyway; it’s a highly stressful role which few would take on. Most of the armchair critics would run a mile.
Hence why I originally referred to a culture in MoD, rather than law. Might just know one or two things about the role as well.

Time cost and quality are the immutable pillars of delivery. Governance tends to be more focussed and responsive in commercial organisations than public ones, precisely because they know what cash flow impact entails.
 

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With the COVID-19 outbreak, it looks like the spending review will be delayed. In one hand this means the politicians and their advisers will see things such as the response to the epidemic and the role the armed forces are playing, delivering supplies, building makeshift hospitals, providing drivers for Oxygen tankers, providing medics, evacuating patients, helicopter support, possible use of the carriers for MACA (evacuating Britons abroad?) and so on.

It also shows that business continues such as NATO tasks and keeping tabs over Russian naval vessels near the UK in the last week. It also shows that our high technology industries can deliver - fast. When the leaders get their act together great things can be achieved.

However - what will the economy look like in twelve months? What will the American, French, Spanish, or Italian ones look like?
 

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