Reforms of the armed forces to be announced by MoD

CHANGES Defence Secretary Liam Fox
CHANGES Defence Secretary Liam Fox

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A RADICAL overhaul of the Ministry of Defence is set to be announced by defence secretary Liam Fox.

Dr Fox is to reveal a package of plans to help ensure there is no repeat of actions that led to a £38bn black hole in the department.

It is hoped the measures will help achieve greater accountability within the MoD.

Dr Fox also wants to move towards developing more cyber and electronic warfare.

Heads of the Royal Navy, the Army and the RAF could be given more control over their budgets and how their services are run.

The review, set to be announced to parliament, is expected to include plans to thin out the MoD’s management structure and attack the previous Labour government over

Speaking on Sky News, Dr Fox said: ‘I’m very keen that we decentralise from the Ministry of Defence the things that should be done elsewhere but with greater accountability.

‘I want to open up the military to a more meritocratic way of doing business and I want to prepare us for the sort of changes we will have in defence - like moving away from some of the traditional, more muscular forms of military intervention to areas like cyber and electronic warfare.

‘I’m determined that we get a much more efficient MoD and we cannot allow the structures that gave rise to the unfunded liability to continue to be there.’

Recommendations by the Defence Reform Unit follow a 10-month study.

It was set up by Dr Fox last year and is headed up by Lloyds of London chairman Lord Levene.