Making defence acquisition better

19 January 2011

Bird & Bird's International Aerospace, Defence and Security Group would like to invite you to a breakfast seminar titled 'Making defence acquisition better' on Wednesday 19 January 2011 from 08.00.

Despite high levels of management attention, intense effort and high levels of funding many defence projects are being perceived as failures. Is it because they were destined to fail because they were wrong from day one? Decisions affecting projects are often made on poor information, or based on an over-optimistic view on what can be delivered, by when and for how much money.  The wrong project may be selected, or the procurement route may be inappropriate. The timing of a project is also critical: rushing to start a project can mean that important factors are overlooked and key processes are hurried.

In his presentation Tim will draw on the work of the UK National Audit Office and others to analyse the negative effects of the Conspiracy of Optimism and explore how The Ministry of Defence and its commercial partners can create the right environment to make good investment decisions on projects.

For further information, or to register to attend this seminar please contact the Events Team at or call +44 (0)20 7415 6000.

The programme

08.00 - 08.30
Registration and breakfast

08.30 - 10.00
Presentation followed by question and answer session
Tim Banfield, Director, Defence VFM Audit, National Audit Office