18th October 2020
Subject: Defence Acquisition FAILURE and REFORM – A Compelling and Persuasive SOLUTION.
Firstly, Five Questions about Defence Weapons Acquisition FAILURE & REFORM that MUST be asked to figure-out why Defence Acquisition programs can double in price and take up to twice as long as planned.
- Why does every Defence Equipment Program suffer from large Cost and Time blowouts?
- Why have all prior 49 attempts at Review & REFORM – FAILED to deliver the desired results?
- How can REFORM make every future Acquisition more Affordable, Producible and Problem-Free?
- How can the Cost of Sustainment (service, maintain, upgrade) be slashed by 30% on every program?
- How can the Cost Burden on the Taxpayer from Acquisition Programs be cut by at least 30%?
The answers to these, and many more questions, about Defence Weapons Acquisition FAILURE & REFORM can be found in a compelling and persuasive new book.
“The Book that Defence Does NOT Want You to Read!”
Book: A Blueprint for Weapons Acquisition REFORM – A Persuasive SOLUTION
This book firstly walks the reader step-by-step through real life examples of failures, explaining as it goes why and how the failures happen,
and explains in simple terms precisely why these well-documented cost and time blowouts are entirely unavoidable using Defence’s current processes and thinking.
The enormous amount of ‘taxpayer gold’ that is wasted is truly astounding and disturbing.
REFORM: Totally Problem-Free Defence Equipment Acquisition SUCCESS is about defining a new mechanism to create, establish, and execute, Superior SYSTEMS for all future Weapons Acquisition programs in Australia.
Those Superior SYSTEMS described in this book WILL deliver much needed REFORM.
In simple terms, this book compares and explains Defence’s current abysmal deliverable performance result of 1.5 out of 10 (part 1 of the book) – against what I will describe as a ‘really good’ Step-Change transformation target of 9.0 out of 10. (part 2 of the book)
Thus revealing Defence Equipment Acquisitions as an Affordability & Producibility disaster of epic proportions for Australia and the Australian Taxpayer.
This ‘really good’ benchmark is currently being achieved by a small number of the world’s most astute CEO’s who are already using these methods to create a distinct edge over their rivals – and therefore can also be achieved by Defence in Australia.
“That is why this Blueprint for Weapon Acquisition Reform is a must read for our Military Chiefs, the Chief of the Defence Force, the Minister for Defence and our Prime Minister. The stakes are that high.” ~ Dr Mark Rehn
Secondly, it’s not just about Defence
Solutions in this book work so well that astute Manufacturing CEO’s are often able to reduce the Cost of Products by 30-50% to deliver a new level of Product Affordability, which means they don’t need to offshore their products and jobs.
In this context, this book describes a new way to create better Australian-made Manufacturing Affordability capability – which will drive a new level of economic growth and better jobs in post-covid-19 Australia.
Thirdly, there is NO potent REFORM Authority in the Parliament – or Ministry – for this scope of Reform
Only a dynamic and highly potent REFORM function directly under Prime Ministerial authority, with the vision, and responsibility, and especially the political cojones to succeed will totally REFORM Weapons Acquisition.
Benefits to Australia from such Reform:
- Eliminate entirely all Cost and Time Blowouts from every future Weapons Acquisition program.
- Create a new type of Affordability & Producibility to deliver Problem-Free future Acquisition programs.
- Slash the total Cost of Sustainment in every future weapons program. (often by 30% or more)
- Deliver massive Budget and Defence Cost savings to the Government and the Taxpayer.
· Avoid off-shoring of Investment, Businesses, Products and Jobs – while increasing Export capability.
These three subjects are expanded upon in greater detail in the attached document, which describes;
(a) The Political Imperatives to REFORM Defence Weapons Acquisitions, and
(b) The Deliverable Outcomes from REFORM of Defence Weapons Acquisitions, and
(c) Why it’s not just about Defence, or Australia.
Prime Minister, I encourage you to use of the ideas and solutions in this Book to create a better future for Australia in whatever terms that may mean to you, and your own vision for the future of Australia.
Note: Copies of this book are already with Ben Morton MP + the Defence Minister + Defence Industry Minister + Opposition Defence shadows + Senate Defence Committee + Independent Senators.
Gary D. Stewart – Author – A Blueprint for Weapons Acquisition REFORM