Interesting article in the latest issue of the economist about the proposed changes to DE&S and the de facto outsourcing of defence procurement: I've done a few tours in jobs that have involved considerable interaction with various different parts of DE&S and have to agree with the starting point that it just doesn't work very well (although individual people and elements often work very hard and produce minor miracles). The question about whether it would operate any better as a private company or whether the military would be bent over and rodded hard is very difficult to gauge. My personal view is that this will thrust a great deal of responsibility at FLCs which we just aren't able to deal with. The usual problems of lack of continuity in key posts, the continual need for OJAR enhancing initiatives, gapping and the general lack of glamour will result in something that looks very similar to failure. Cue massive profits for the lucky company and poor equipment at the front line.