what goes for any other ministry IMHO
- a will to look into the new office and a will to learn about its specific issues
- an ability to digest the info handed to them and make decisions
Prior experience in a field handed to politicians is often not there anyway. And if they have prior experience they have often been lobbyists.
I don't think that's good enough. Competence is like running - it doesn't help if the direction is the wrong one.
The task of a civilian MoD is in opinion to steer the armed bureaucracy away from the pursuit of self-interest towards the pursuit of the common good. The military is supposed to provide a common good; security. Ordinary MoD typically identify with the armed forces and make the bureaucratical self-interests their own interests. More shiny toys, more action, more budget, more prestige, more respect, more attention - hardly ever do they pursue 'enough' with least 'waste'.
As it turns out, I was able to stick to two lines. ;-)
Edited by lastdingo, 19 July 2019 - 1957 PM.