Military Capabilities

UK adopts new rapid procurement process

07 February 2018

A new procurement process to rapidly acquire capabilities needed by troops deployed on operational missions has been revealed by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The new system, dubbed the urgent capability requirement (UCR), replaced the long standing urgent operational requirement (UOR) in 2016, but was only revealed in January in an MoD document concerning lessons learned from John Chilcott’s 2016 report on UK participation in the 2003-09 Iraq conflict.

In a major change in policy, the emergency procurement of new equipment in response to field commanders to deal with emerging threats now has to be paid out of the MoD’s own budget rather than from the UK Treasury’s (finance ministry's) reserve fund for crisis situations.

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