Op Olympics Teaches Hammond "Contingent Capability"

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  1. A rather warming interview in the Independant today, where the pros and cons of having a Military not based purely on JIT and commercial principles/private sector practices are looked at with somewhat of a clearer vision than before.

    While this is good, what will be of more interest is to see what Lessons Identified (and learned?) SJC and MOD take away from Op Olympics. In many ways, the high profile of the Olympics G4S "bail out" overlooks this was already a planned operation of some significance (10K troops plus committed by end of last year on MACA/DSR taskings).

    "Military succesfully completes pre-planned UK Ops tasking" doesn't quite have the same ring as "Army saves the day"

    I do like the "contingent capability" concept, however I would like to see an objective post A2020 review of JDP02 Defence Contribution to Resilience (and other associated docs) as significant bits of the MACA infrastructure look like they have been hacked about and "re-militarised" (not necessary a good thing)

    More here Exclusive: G4S proves we can't always rely on private sector, admits minister - UK Politics - UK - The Independent

    However, this resilient structure will now take 2 years to recover from Op Olympics Army warns Olympic Games recovery will take two years | UK news | The Guardian

  2. chimera

    chimera LE Moderator

    Let's hope that those who are nailing their colours to the "Total Support Force" concept take note.