British MOD Plans To Slim Down Top-Down

The British Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced today its intentions to thin out the organization from the top-down. Philip Hammond, Defense Secretary, is working on a reorganization that will make the MOD more efficient and far less top-heavy. Secretary Hammond expects to achieve an annual saving of £3.8 million ($6 million USD) from the restructuring. As part of the change, Secretary Hammond plans to exit day-to-day management of the front line commands. Instead, MOD will provide strategic vision and direction. The chance will affect 26 posts presently occupied by civilians and senior level military personnel.

The Defence Secretary said:

“At a time when we are making difficult decisions about Defence spending and have had to accept reductions across the board we cannot ignore the volume of posts at the top. For too long the MOD has been top-heavy, with too many senior civilians and military.

“Not only does this new structure reduce senior staff posts by up to a quarter in the next two years, but it allows clear strategic priorities to be set for the Armed Forces. It will hold the front line commands to account for their delivery and support them in the tasks they are set.”

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