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The NAO’s work in the sector includes a financial audit of the Ministry of Defence (a complex Department with around £90 billion of fixed assets and an annual budget of nearly £34 billion) and the production of a number of VfM reports assessing the Department's spending.

These cover the MoD's ability to support current operations, and its maintenance and development of military capabilities to meet future requirements. We focus on aspects of operational effectiveness, support for Armed Forces, major equipment acquisitions, and underpinning infrastructure such as the Defence Estate.

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Army 2020

The MOD decision to reduce the size of the regular Army and increase the number of trained Army reserves was taken without appropriate testing of feasibility or evaluation of risk.

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11 Jun 2014

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Equipment Plan 2013 – 2023

MOD’s procurement budget is now more stable, despite a £754m increase in the cost of the carriers, but there are still risks to the affordability of the equipment plan.

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Published:
13 Feb 2014

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The Major Projects Report 2013

MOD’s procurement budget is now more stable, despite a £754m increase in the cost of the carriers, but there are still risks to the affordability of the equipment plan.

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Published:
13 Feb 2014

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Departmental Overview: The performance of the Ministry of Defence 2012-13

This Departmental Overview is one of 17 we are producing covering our work on each major government department. It summarises our work on the Ministry of Defence during 2012-13.

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Published:
16 Sep 2013

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2012-13 review of the data systems for the Ministry of Defence

Review of a sample of the data systems underpinning the input and impact indicators in the Ministry of Defence’s Business Plan, Common Areas of Spend and wider management information.
This review was carried out on the 2012-15 Business Plan. Revised Business Plans were issued in June 2013.

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9 Aug 2013

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Royal Air Force Museum White Paper 2012-2013

Amyas Morse, the Comptroller and Auditor General, has qualified his audit opinion on the 2012-13 Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum accounts in relation to the part of the Museum staff’s pay award for which it did not have ministerial approval.

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Published:
18 Jul 2013

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Ministry of Defence Accounts 2012-13

Amyas Morse, the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG), has qualified his audit opinion on the MOD’s 2012-13 accounts.

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Published:
16 Jul 2013

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Confirmed impacts: NAO work helps the Ministry of Defence reduce excess stock

We estimate that the MOD made £253 million of savings on inventory purchases in 2012 as a result of our recommendations.

This NAO impacts case study represents one example where there has been some beneficial change, whether financial or non-financial, resulting from our involvement.

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6 Jun 2013

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Carrier Strike: The 2012 reversion decision

The MOD acted promptly to revert to the decision to buy the vertical take-off version of the Joint Strike Fighter but will have to manage significant risks.

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Published:
10 May 2013

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NAO Briefing: The education of Service children: findings of a National Audit Office consultation

This briefing was prepared for the House of Commons Defence Committee to help inform its inquiry into the education of Service children, its third in a series of inquiries looking at the workings of the Armed Forces Covenant.

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19 Apr 2013

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