U.K. Defense Procurement Entirely ‘Joint’

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http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/issues/2006/july/UKDefense.htm

In the United Kingdom, one pot of money is split amongst 13 capability directorates, such as strike and maneuver, instead of divided out by services, Lt. Col. Mark Mangham, permanent joint headquarters liaison officer to U.S. Joint Forces Command, told National Defense.

Each directorate is staffed by joint officers so that one person is in charge of procurement for all branches of the military. For example, the strike directorate might be deciding what missile to buy for both ships and ground artillery.

To ensure they are getting the most for their money, British officials are forced to prioritize programs and go through cost analysis and other measures, he added. Such screening resembles the U.S. evaluation process that was put in place two years ago, through the joint capabilities integration and development system, or JCIDS
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Kack. The head honsho of each "incapacity directorate" is divvied up among the three services and they then favour their own service. This explains why the RN isn't getting TLAM for the T45s, despite the USN having had Tomahawk on surface ships for decades and the Dutch, Spanish and Australians likely to get TLAM before the end of this decade. The director of 'deep strike' is an RAF man...
 
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AndyPipkin said:
Kack. The head honsho of each "incapacity directorate" is divvied up among the three services and they then favour their own service. This explains why the RN isn't getting TLAM for the T45s, despite the USN having had Tomahawk on surface ships for decades and the Dutch, Spanish and Australians likely to get TLAM before the end of this decade. The director of 'deep strike' is an RAF man...
All too true.

I thought the word 'joint' implied: MoD buys from BAe Systems and BAe Systems supplies the MoD - loop and feedback ensured!
 
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My understanding of the reason T45 wasn't getting TLAM is because the PAAMS launcher system (SYLVER) is designed to be able to carry Storm Shadow. (The Frogs are doing this with their naval implementation of SYLVER and their SCALP ER version of Storm Shadow. Ergo, T45 doesn't need TLAM, as we'll install a UK system anyway...

Very happy to be contradicted if the above is nonsense!
 
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nodandawink said:
My understanding of the reason T45 wasn't getting TLAM is because the PAAMS launcher system (SYLVER) is designed to be able to carry Storm Shadow. (The Frogs are doing this with their naval implementation of SYLVER and their SCALP ER version of Storm Shadow. Ergo, T45 doesn't need TLAM, as we'll install a UK system anyway...

Very happy to be contradicted if the above is nonsense!
Sort of true - the T45 VLS can't take Tomahawk (I'm not sure if it can take Storm Shadow or derivatives without modification). However, there is space and weight built into the design for a launcher big enough to take Tomahawk, so it's a pretty minor job to modify the ships to take it.
 

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