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Maintenance of Aircraft in the Air Corps (17/07/2006)

Military personnel from the Army and the Air Corps, and civilian personnel from the Department of Defence produced this Expenditure Review of Maintenance of Aircraft in the Air Corps. This review topic was approved by Government for inclusion in the 2002 – 2004 programme of expenditure reviews.

This report contains all of the main findings, analysis of the findings, conclusions and recommendations for Department of Defence, Defence Forces and Air Corps senior management

Clothing Procurement in the Defence Forces (19/09/2007)

Analysis of spending on clothing in the Defence Forces, using a supply positioning matrix, indicated that the appropriate procurement strategy for this category of expenditure should centre on aggregating demand and ensuring efficient transaction costs. Transaction costs were identified as the costs associated with acquiring, using, holding, maintaining and disposing of the goods and services. The scope of the review included an examination of the storage and distribution system in order to fully identify transaction costs. The years 2003 – 2006 were chosen as the period of study.

Naval Service Vessel Maintenance (March 2009)

The Naval Service provides the maritime element of the State’s Defence Forces. The Naval Service has an authorised strength of 1,144 and operates a flotilla of eight ships that are based in the State’s single Naval Base at Haulbowline in Co. Cork.

This Review examines all of the vessel maintenance activities required for vessels to achieve operational readiness and deployment targets, including maintenance of hulls, weapons, electrics, electronics and machinery. The Review encompasses the period 2003 – 2006 inclusive.

Value for Money and Policy Review of Military Training Lands (November 2010)

This Value for Money and Policy Review of Military Training Lands was commissioned by the Department of Defence. The Review was overseen by a joint civilian/military Steering Committee with detailed analysis carried out by FGS Consulting (in association with Sector Associates, a specialist UK-based military training consultancy). The Terms of Reference (TOR) were wide ranging and covered all aspects of achieving economy, efficiency and effectiveness in relation to the current portfolio of military training lands (some 17 sites in total).

The accompanying detailed report sets out the Consultancy team’s findings in accordance with the Terms of Reference and, based on these findings, the conclusions and recommendations of the Steering Committee under five value for money headings.

Review of Inventory Management in the Defence Forces (May 2014)

The high level goal of the Defence Organisation is to provide for the military defence of the State, contribute to national and international peace and security and fulfil all other roles assigned by Government.

This comprehensive and wide ranging review involves a detailed assessment of the Defence organisation’s management of inventory and associated corporate governance procedures covering areas, inter alia, from procurement practices through to management of information systems and arrangements. The overriding principle governing the approach in the Review is to promote an efficient inventory lifecycle management process that underpins and supports the operational roles assigned to the Defence Forces while promoting a Value for Money approach.

The report contains detailed findings and conclusions with supporting recommendations relating to procurement policy, management structures, disposal & valuations policies and corporate governance matters.

A Joint Implementation Group, consisting of Departmental and Defence Forces personnel, has been established to implement the recommendations and findings of the Review.

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