– Margaret Hodge MP, Chair, Committee of Public Accounts
The Ministry of Defence has gone ahead with cuts to its military and civilian workforce without a proper understanding of what skills it will need in the future.
We recognise that the MoD must make tough financial decisions if it is to reduce its spending by 7.5% a year by 2015, and that it has acted decisively.
But we are concerned that these cuts have been determined by the need to cut costs in the short term rather than by considering the MoD's strategic objectives in the long term and the skills it will need to deliver them successfully.
A report by the Public Accounts Committee has warned the Mod that they are not looking at the military's long term needs as they plan to axe 50,000 jobs. MPs also warned it could lead to a rise in outside consultancy spending.