Defence Review implementation has started – Minister Mapisa-Nqakula


Two permanent planning streams – one for policy and the other for force development – have been established to drive implementation of the Defence Review.

The streams form part of the Defence Review implementation Project Team (DRIPT) created by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to ensure the milestones – the first one being to stop any further decline in the SA National Defence Force – set in the Review are reached. No details are given of who is serving on either the Defence Secretariat or the military command planning teams.

The Defence Secretariat planning team will, according to the 2014/15 Department of Defence annual report, “institutionalise” a funding model for resourced implementation of the Defence Review and develop a defence accountability concept to ensure civil control of the defence force is not compromised by the military command and control function.

It has also been tasked with developing a system to speed up capital acquisition in the defence environment and develop a defence industry and technology strategy.

According to the Minister the military command planning team is working on incorporating the new defence policy, as set out in the Defence Review, into a military strategic direction framework.

This will see development of a new military strategy; development of an appropriate force design and structure; rightsizing the personnel component of the SANDF and systematically restructuring the SANDF with an emphasis on its command and staff systems as well as establishing combat formations.

The first Defence Review milestone to halt the decline of the SANDF is being addressed via a force development plan to be implemented over government’s medium-term expenditure framework timeframe.

Mapisa-Nqakula wants to see the implementation of all four milestones producing “an agile and technologically advanced defence force able to meet its current commitments and future obligations”.

She does not give timelines for reaching any of the milestones set out in the Review.