Presentation to Land Environment Working Group. 28 October 2008 Damon Howes Industry Co-Chair. Aim and Scope. Land Warfare Conference – Some key points So what’s going on? The Mortimer Review Overview of a future option for Defence Acquisition Strategy based on NZDF Project ALEXANDER.
28 October 2008
The Government should work with industry and State Governments to address the skills shortages.
Changes to the scope of projects should occur through a disciplined process that considers the merit of the change mindful of the impact of cost and schedule.
Contracts should reflect the risks of the procurement being undertaken
CDG and DMO should be “adequately resourced” (my emphasis)….
Some “motherhood” statements…
“Capability Development Group should develop the relevant information for a project’s entry into the Defence Capability Plan and it should focus on achieving a more disciplined cost, schedule and risk information for a project’s entry”
DMO should be responsible for the acquisition strategy throughout the requirements definition process.
Greater emphasis on “off the shelf”
All projects assessed for potential as Public Private Partnerships (PPP)
Acquisition funding directly appropriated to the DMO (not through Defence)
DCP: “Providing explicit cost information was contrary to the Commonwealth’s commercial interests” (replaced by Acquisition Category (ACAT) Framework?)
Outcome for NZDF is a partner who has been part of the process from early stages and yet has still needed to compete for success.
Outcome for industry is being part of a staged acquisition with robust and valuable feedback, and where they can drop out at any time.
Outcome for both should be a strong and robust partnership where each others strengths and weaknesses are identified and acknowledged.
To me, this is as close as I have seen to a win-win. The only thing NZDF could have done to really make Industry fall down in delight would have been to make a financial contribution to the companies expenditure. The reality is that these costs have actually be quite small relative to the project size and scope.
View from Industry has been considered
Cost effective while DSTO organise
Technological changes require annual refresh
DCP mid 2009 flows into Oct LWC/LEWG
Cost on industry and Defence of annual basis
Not just $$$
Way forward TBC by Friday
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