In parallel with the establishment of PJHQ at Northwood it became
important to combine the separate logistics functions of the three Armed
Services. As a result, in 2000 the three distinct separate service
logistic functions were fused into one and the Defence Logistic
Organisation was formed.
From 1 April 2007 the Defence Procurement Agency (DPA) and the Defence
Logistic Organisation (DLO) were merged to form Defence Equipment and
DE&S has been described as ‘the engine’ that delivers ‘Through Life’
equipment and logistic support, and making sure the whole factory to
front line process is seamless and properly integrated.
The Headquarters of DE&S is at Abbey Wood (Bristol) a site that is the
largest MoD facility in the UK with a site workforce of about 10,000.
DE&S is a Top Level Budget Holder and employs about 29,000 personnel
(about 77 per cent civilian).
Over the next ten years,
the UK Government plans to spend about £150 billion on new equipment and
equipment support as follows:
|Procurement of new equipment
|Support for new equipment
|Support for existing
in-service equipment (1)
|Contingency against risk
(1) Includes spending on
routine spares and maintenance, ship refits, support arrangements for
our communications and information infrastructure, and the running costs
of the nuclear propulsion and nuclear weapons production facilities.
Expenditure by service sectors over the next ten years is shown under
the following headings:
|Submarines and Deterrent
|Information Systems and
In a normal year expect the MoD to spend about 40 per cent of its budget
on equipment and equipment support.
Finances already allocated to equipment and equipment support over the
period 2013 to 2017 are as follows:
Some of the DE&S responsibilities to Joint Operations include:
Logistics planning, resource management, contractual support and policy
Global fleet management and land-based equipment
Support of the naval fleet and all naval systems
Communication and Information Systems
Transport and movements
Food and ration packs
Fuel, Oil and Lubricants
Clothing and tentage
Storage for all equipment and materiel
In 2013 the MoD announced that an assessment phase was in progress for a
future DE&S business model based around a Government - Owned Contractor
- Operated (GOCO) entity. If finally approved the GOCO would be
implemented in stages.