Ah yes - in the words of Arthur Bryant:jim30 would know, but I thought a civil servant was present at all important meetings with the duty of taking minutes. In which case those minutes would record who decided what....
And so while the great ones depart to their dinner, the secretary stays, growing thinner and thinner, racking his brain to record and report what he thinks that they think that they ought to have thought.
Does it matter if he doesn't know who makes the decision on what colour to paint the wardroom? No.
Does it matter if he doesn't know who decides cats and traps or VSTOL? Damn right it does, and he ought to either find out or make the decision himself, if he's the big cheese.
This would also be my opinion, but a lot of people seem to think there were military reasons, power projection ,neo-colonialism, the fight against terror........ you have to believe in something better than Broiwn's grubby bung if you don't want to suffer terminal cynicism.I thought that the decision was made by Brown to secure jobs in Labour held constituencies. Why did the navy need an input?
jim30 would know, but I thought a civil servant was present at all important meetings with the duty of taking minutes. In which case those minutes would record who decided what.
That's why the incompetent join the civil service.It seems strange to a non civil servant that failure never leads to demotion or sacking. In much of the City, failure leads to an inability to log on and someone from HR or security delivering a large cardboard box to the desk
STOVL was decided after a lot of analysis and modelling (both capability and cost) back in 2002-3 or thereabouts. The SDSR10 decision to switch to CATOBAR was... well, frankly, it seems it was done on the cuff, without any detailed investigation of what the costs, risks and capabilities would be, which is why it all came unravelled.
That said, there's an infuriating tendency (by no means confined to defence) for bad decisions to be made and for the person responsible to be safely in their next post by the time the problems emerge.