Defence Update 2025 canned

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A Cabinet committee has found crucial gaps in Defence Update 2025 (DU2025), the revision of South Africa’s 1996 White Paper on Defence and 1998 Defence Review and referred the document back to the department.
DU2025 was tabled in committee on August 7 last year
“The cabinet committee raised a number of issues regarding the DU that was also raised by the Portfolio Committee on Defence (PCOD),” Department of Defence spokesman Simphiwe Dlamini says. “One of the issues raised is whether the SANDF should be mandate-driven or finance driven. That is what we are grappling with now.”
The multiparty PCOD in a report published last month said the SANDF “has come to a cross-road, namely whether it is a finance-driven … force or whether it should migrate to a mandate-driven [organisation].”
MPs and commentators have been long concerned that the SANDF has become the former while it should be the latter. Some analysts, including Helmoed-Römer Heitman have decried DU2025 for puttying money over mandate and for not including service-specific future visions, such as the SA Army`s Vision 2020.         
“A decision has to be made at the highest level whether the future SANDF will be relevant and be a national asset properly and adequately funded for its mandates received from government or whether it will continue its current downward spiral of becoming inadequate to fulfil its constitutional mandate,” the PCOD said after three days of closed hearings on the subject.
Dlamini says defence minister Charles Nqakula has given the department until July to correct the deficiencies and produce a “clear, focussed” document.      
He says the document will explain to Parliament and the public “what we (the military) will look like over the next 20 years.” As such it will be a “comprehensive defence and military strategy.
“We are looking at a range of things that lacked in the previous document.” 
The drafters will interrogate the SANDF`s mandate as enshrined in the Constitution and 2002 Defence Act and measure this against the current environment and from there will produce a document that will say, in Dlamini`s words, ”for us then to carry out this mandate in support of government, these are the things we would need in view of the environment we are in.”
Other than “enhancing what DU2025 lacked”, the document looks forward another five years to 2030.   
Dlamini said a high-level workshop to discuss the drafting of the document took place on Monday but no decision was made whether the final document will be called a “Defence Update or something else”.
Dlamini further notes the new draft will incorporate the views and visions of all Services and divisions, thereby addressing another criticism of Heitman and others, namely that the DU2025 drafters, ensconced in the mainly-civilian Defence Secretariat, were not sufficiently familiar with service matters to draft erudite policy.       
Dlamini says Nqakula`s guidance to the department “incorporates the clear guideline that we need to know for example what the Air Force wants to look like in terms of the mandate of the SANDF and the nature of the defence force in a developmental state.”
As such the new document will “indeed take into consideration all the documents produced by the Services” and divisions.
“I can promise you the enthusiasm that was there in the meeting on Monday… now that we know and understand exactly what needs to be done, without saying anyone didn`t before… there is a great deal of enthusiasm to finish this in the timeframe the minister set,” Dlamini says.