Memorandum submitted from the Ministry
of Defence on the RAND Study into Warship Procurement Strategies
(15 May 2001)
The MOD has commissioned RAND to do a short
study on procurement strategies for our future warship programmes
over the next 15-20 years, with particular reference to options
for the Type 45 Destroyer. It is intended to help inform decisions
by the Department on individual programmes within the context
of obtaining value for money over the warship programme as a whole.
It will be a further contribution to the Department's thinking
on the subject, supplementing the work already conducted internally.
The study should help inform the ongoing assessment of the unsolicited
offer from BAE SYSTEMS Marine concerning an alternative procurement
approach for the Type 45.
RAND have a good track record of this type of
study, predominantly on US defence procurement issues for the
DoD. Topics have included US Submarine Production and the US Aircraft
Carrier Industrial Base. They have also just completed a study
of the Procurement Strategy options for the Joint Strike Fighter
RAND are approaching UK shipbuilders and other
defence firms, to gather information and views, in confidence.
The study is expected to last some weeks.