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Donít Get Smart with Me!
Sustaining the ADF in the Age of the Strategic Reform Program
Author: Will Clegg
Volume 8, Number 2 (Winter 2012), pp. 49-80.
In light of the Strategic Reform Program (SRP) being implemented by Defence, this article discusses risks inherent to Defence's planned approach to Smart Sustainment reforms. It also suggests an alternative more likely to deliver cost-effective sustainment outcomes, now and into the future. Defence's planned approach to Smart Sustainment is likely to damage the defence sustainment system and betray the national interest, but the SRP provides an opportunity to potentially fix the system's long-standing structural weaknesses. This article recommends that Defence should move away from input-led matrix management and the status quo model of prescriptive regulatory contracting by adopting two reforms. First, Defence should institute an output-led management framework, empowering the Service Chiefs to manage capabilities and drive innovation throughout the sustainment system. Second, Defence should expand strategic partnerships between Defence and Australian defence industry, encouraging both to focus on efficiency and productivity, not just inputs and price.
About the Author
Will Clegg is a Commonwealth Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford. BAE Systems Australia sponsored research for this article. The author thanks Peter Nicholson, Robert Wylie, Mark Thomson, Henry Ergas, Stewart Clegg, Charlotte Krass, and the anonymous reviewers of Security Challenges for their very helpful comments. The views expressed in this article are not necessarily the views of BAE Systems Australia, or any other organisation. Responsibility rests with the author alone. firstname.lastname@example.org.