Who will be training their soldiers at the new Defence Training Academy?

War is Peace Greg Lewis Friday, June 27, 2008

Who will be training their soldiers at the new Defence Training Academy at St Athan?
It’s a question that’s been exercising campaigners who feel the development is not just pledging Wales to a future of “militarism”, but wondering to whose military we are making that pledge.I mean, we are never going to stop people killing other people. But does it look like we even want to?

Especially if private security companies (mercenaries) – like the ones fighting wars for ‘us’ by proxy in Iraq – will be getting trained there. I contacted the Ministry of Defence under the Freedom of Information Act to ask if, for instance, the MoD would ban any particular nations from using the training camp.

And what about private security companies – would they be able to send personnel there?After a short delay I received an email from Brigadier Geoff Nield, a project leader with the Defence Training Review.Under this privatised scheme, it seems, the first decision on who comes in from the outside for training is down to the Metrix Consortium – a group of arms/defence companies and educational establishments like the Open University.

“The MoD is content that Metrix may deliver training and accommodation services to third parties as long as certain contractual conditions and restraints are met,” said Brigadier Nield.“

These include, for example, not impairing the delivery of military training to the MoD, meeting security requirements and maintaining military ethos on-site.

“Furthermore, MoD reserves the right to approve or forbid the use of training assets (including facilities) for third parties.”

So, could a regime like Burma for instance, on paying the right fees, get its soldiers trained here? After all, Britain kindly sold more than 40 Hawk aircraft to the Indonesians during the 1980s and 1990s before world attention suggested that helping the country suppress the East Timorese did not make Britain either great or a land of much hope and glory.

“The MoD…prioritises those countries that receive training on a case by case basis. Where there is a mutual agreement between the UK and countries of interest, agreed scheduled training courses can be attended by those invited, subject to availability and appropriate security clearance.”

There is, some might say, an Orwellian feel to the response. The MoD insists on calling the centre a “college” and the non-UK attendees, “students”.In addition, the MoD also states that the training of private contractors and foreign armies is actually about making a stable world for our children’s children.

“A key tenet of UK foreign policy is to encourage diplomatic engagement with foreign countries so as to not only serve UK interests but also develop long term stability throughout regions of the world,” said the brigadier.
“The MoD supports this policy in different guises, one of which is to train foreign students, both in UK and abroad as arranged through overseas embassies and high commissions.”

War is peace, then, after all.::The Big Issue Cymru, June 16-22, 2008

The view from the Military....
The latest news from the DTR Package 1 Project May 2008
This is the second of the Defence Training Rationalisation Package 1
updates this year and, coming so soon after the publication by
Commandant’s of the Project’s People Management Plan (PMP), I
hope that you recognise that we are looking to do more to keep
you informed on Project progress. The PMP is an important document
and, in 13 Sections it provides a fairly detailed statement on the
origins, roles, responsibilities, solution and personnel issues that relate
to Package 1. The aim is to provide all staff with assurance that
civilian ‘People’ issues, including the implications for transfer and
future employment, are being fully addressed from now onwards.
I urge you to read it – in addition to the copies made available by College Commandants a copy has been published on the DTR Website on the Defence Intranet.

There are some omissions in the PMP. We have made very good progress in our discussions with Metrix over recent months to address affordability in the early years of the Project and to close off a range of high level issues following Metrix’ selection as Preferred Bidder. You will, however, not be surprised to hear that as a consequence Metrix’ proposal has evolved in some areas – particularly the training solution and the site layout at St Athan. The latest details were made available to us in the Metrix submission which we received on Friday 2 May.
This is now being evaluated and as soon as we have confidence that the material is likely to remain unchanged we shall share it with you in this routine bulletin. I am also conscious that you will be keen to hear what the future timetable to Financial Close is likely to be.
It would have been inappropriate to release anything to you until we had a high degree of confidence that the dates were broadly fixed and unlikely to change. Well, we are almost there and subject to the evaluation of the Metrix proposal and some adjustments for risk we should be in a position to share with you indicative dates (and these have moved to the right) in the next letter or sooner, if our work is concluded satisfactorily.

I have been really encouraged by the progress the IPT and Metrix have made on a whole range of fronts, and the support that we have received from College and other staff. Much of the progress is not visible to you because it deals with the arcane commercial and financial business associated with a PFI Project, but others will be.
The deployment of the three Metrix Liaison Officers to Colleges earlier in the year and more recently the approval and issue of a Pre-Contract Award Letter (PCAL) underwriting some Metrix activity, have enabled the consortium to mobilise in critical
areas to improve the maturity of the training solution and the design of the estate.

This is vital ground in maintaining momentum to Financial Close; more details are covered inside. Finally, I believe that we are on the cusp of achieving the maturity and certainty that we need for Main Gate, and I or the Programme Director, Major General Inshaw, look forward to providing further details in the next report.
Brigadier Geoff Nield

Civilian Post Tagging on HRMS
Following an initial Post Mapping Exercise (PME) to identify the civilian posts that are either wholly or predominately dedicated to the Programme, approximately 1,123 Package 1 posts were identified as being in- scope and will TUPE Transfer to Metrix on Vesting Day. Under TUPE Regulations it is a legal requirement for the current employer to provide "Employee Liability Information" to the new employer about all in-scope employees. To assist with this requirement the People Pay and Pensions Agency (PPPA) has tagged the posts that have been identified as either out of scope (affected) or in-scope (assigned) by the Programme. The tagging of these posts on HRMS will enable the PPPA to extract HR information that is needed by the DTR IPT and Metrix. Only the HR information that is required for TUPE Transfer purposes will be released to Metrix and this will only take place after financial close.

Further information on Staff Transfers under TUPE can be found on the area of the People Service Portal or by contacting the PPPA directly.

Management of Course Change Contract
A risk reduction contract let with Metrix referred to as Management of Course Change was successfully completed at the end of March. The aim of this contract was to prove and refine the MOD’s existing Course Change Approvals Process whilst growing confidence in proposed training design strategy, methodology and implementation plans.

Four Package 1 military courses were selected and Metrix used Raytheon’s Architect process to guide the redesign modules from these courses. Despite a very short timeframe and resource limitations, the outcome of this work has exceeded the expectations of both the MOD and Metrix. The Management of Course Change (MCC) Contract delivered on time and to budget. It has helped initiate and foster positive working relationships between the Partner and all MOD staff who have been involved with the work over the past 6 months. The training aspects of work that are to be conducted during stage one of the PCAL work will build greatly upon the lessons nd knowledge gained from MCC.
The IPT and Metrix are planning to produce a range of articles on the MCC Contract and will be presenting the findings of the contract to the DTR Programme Executive Board on 7 May.
Following the publication of the final report the IPT and Metrix teams plan to present their findings to the wider Defence Community at ITEC 2008 in June of this year. They also intend to offer a series of focus discussions with interested members of the Package 1 DTR training community and look forward to a much greater engagement in the future.

DCDS (Pers) Visits MOD St Athan
Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson, DCDS (Pers), visited MOD St Athan in his role as Senior Responsible Owner of the DTR Programme. The aim of the visit was to familiarise DCDS (Pers) with the proposed Defence Training Academy site and give him an understanding of the relevant issues surrounding the Programme. Wing Commander Richard Read, St Athan Site Director, hosted the visit which included a tour of the Superhangar and the surrounding estate. Vice Admiral Wilkinson was extremely impressed by the visit and came away with a
greater understanding of the complexity of taking the DTR Package 1 Project forwards.

Package 1 Commandants Meet to Discuss Transition
The Commandants of the Defence Training Colleges of CIS, Aeronautical and
Electro-Mechanical Engineering met recently at HMS SULTAN to continue the close dialogue between themselves and the Director of Joint Technical Training. Together they continue to focus on taking forward the DTR Package 1 Project with particular attention to the transitional arrangements for the delivery of the training outputs required by the front line commands, both technical and military. Their wide ranging discussions formed part of a series of meetings which will direct the plan for the eventual transfer of authority for training from the 3 Colleges to a
single Defence Training Academy with separate technical streams. Their discussions are proving extremely helpful in identifying and resolving common issues, especially those related to HR, training , and developing a partnering relationship with Metrix during the lead-in work. They are also highlighting key aspects of the Project as a whole that must be communicated to their
members of staff and to the staff of supporting commercial, training and facilities management partners like Vosper-Thorneycroft and Flagship Training Limited.
Wing Commander Richard Read and Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson at MOD St Athan

Interested in finding out about what has been said on the DTR Programme in Parlia-
All the latest Ministerial announcements and Parliamentary Questions on DTR can be found on the DTR website: www.dtr.mod.uk

arly Work on Package 1
To ensure that we achieve contract signature for Package 1 as soon as possible, the
Department has agreed to underwrite Metrix’ bid costs for a specific programme of risk reduction work. This commitment was given to Metrix on 19 March and is referred to as a Pre-Contract Award Letter (PCAL).
This work will be in two stages. Stage 1 has begun and is expected to last until the main investment decision (Main Gate 2) expected in the Summer. The value of this Stage 1 work will be up to £9.5M although these costs will only be reimbursed in the event that the Department is not in a position to close the deal with Metrix.
The following streams have been identified for Stage 1:

Training Management and Support – A targeted review of training management
support processes across DTR Package 1 sites.

Sample Course Review
– To develop a deeper understanding of the opportunity for course compression, distribution and rationalisation across DTR.

Training Requirement and Course Analysis – Addresses the transition from
Statement of Training Requirement 2005 to 2009.

Sub Contract Rationalisation – Reviews existing contracts to ensure that interfaces can be managed and affected contracts can be effectively managed (e.g. the Flagship and Vosper-Thorneycroft contracts).

Workforce Analysis and Implementation – Examines the role that civilian staff who are expected to TUPE transfer might play in delivering the Metrix solution. Addresses associated implementation issues.

Planning Surveys – A thorough investigation of the St Athan site.

Planning Design and Programme Works – Metrix to clarify their technical solution, produce a strategic brief, refine the Masterplan and progress the Stage C design process.
These activities are likely to continue into a Stage 2 PCAL ( following Main Gate 2) along with another three other tasks; Facilities Management Mobilisation, Pre-Service Mobilisation and IT, Planning Set up and Mobilisation. Stage 2 will be approved as part of the main investment decision and is expected to represent an additional value of up to £50M.
An IPT Project Manager has been appointed for each task and is responsible for the
management of each activity stream, the development of the detailed work content and the refinement of the Stage 2 work. It is expected that the next month will see a significant mobilisation of Metrix staff at each of the Package 1 sites and it is likely that many of you may have the opportunity to contribute to this work. Metrix and the IPT are now looking at identifying the specific areas of work and aim to produce a fully detailed Programme Plan for Stage 1 in early May. In parallel to this, Director of Joint Technical Training is looking at how the Defence Training Establishments can support this work. Further details on this work will
be published shortly.
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A message from Charles Barrington, Chairman of
Metrix UK
I am very pleased to contribute to this newsletter. I have only recently joined the Metrix team and am delighted that we now have confirmation that pre-contract funding has been agreed.
This will now make possible a programme of analysis and joint detailed planning which can only be achieved by working closely with your teams across the three services in order to make the future handover as smooth as possible for everyone, while minimising disruption to the important work you do today.
This is an important step forward for the DTR Package 1 Project, a project which, as we are all fully aware, is of national importance and designed to improve and modernise the delivery of high quality training to soldiers, sailors, and airmen across our Armed Services. We in Metrix are proud to have been chosen as the MoD's partner is this exciting enterprise. We are determined to create a partnership with our customer that will allow this objective to be met in accordance with the MoD's project requirements. One of my tasks will be to ensure that we
invest our time and resources in that partnership in order to make it real, effective, and robust.

With regard to the communities in South Wales I have now been to St Athan and have met a number of the wider stakeholders in the Project. There I was struck by the support that exists for this project, and I recognise the responsibility this brings in terms of meeting those expectations. Only by understanding all of those stakeholder views will we be able to deliver a successful project.
I look forward to working with Major General Inshaw and his team, and I am pleased to tell you that we have now appointed Jim Morrison as our new Chief Executive Officer, following Mike Hayle's departure. We wish Mike well and I have thanked him for his achievement in winning Preferred Bidder status for Metrix. Jim joins us with a number of years experience of working on major MoD projects and will be a huge contribution to the team. I look forward to welcoming him to Metrix at the end of this month.
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New Metrix CEO is appointed
The chief executive of Metrix UK, Mike Hayle, has decided to step down from his position within the consortium. Mike has been with the project since February 2005 and was instrumental in achieving Preferred Bidder status for the consortium. The Metrix and IPT teams wish him well for the future.
Jim Morrison CBE has been appointed to replace Mike Hayle. Jim will take up his new role leading this prestigious and important project at the beginning of June 2008. He is at present a Senior Consultant with DLA Piper LLP but is currently seconded to the Ministry of Defence, where he is leading the Army Recruiting and Training Division’s Royal School of Military Engineering PPP that is scheduled to close later this year.
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New faces in the DTR IPT.
There have been a few moves amongst the personnel at the DTR IPT in Main Building. This
will result in some new faces and some familiar faces in new roles.
Recognising the need to drive the programme forward with ever more pace and vigour the IPT
has actually managed to make our case for expansion (no easy feat in these days of Head
Office streamlining) and will be welcoming two and possibly three new faces to the team in the
near future.
Commander Tony Podmore has joined the IPT in the new post of SO1 Coherence. He will be supporting the IPTL and IPT Project Manager, providing programme coherence across lines of development and hopefully releasing the IPTL to devote more time to the upcoming negotiations. Tony will, in most instances, be the first point of contact for Brigadier Nield.
e-mail: DGTE DTRIPT-SO1 Coherence. Mil 9621 83797; Phone: 020 72183797
Robert Horvath is an expert who will be providing high level negotiation and commercial support to the IPT senior management team.
Defence Estates have recently appointed a new DTR Client Adviser. This role will represent the interests of Package 1 Schools and Colleges during the estate planning process.
OUT With regret we said goodbye to Victoria Pemberton. Having put in an enormous amount of work on TUPE and People Mapping, Victoria left on a well deserved promotion. The HR department of the IPT is now likely to be restructured, with two new staff members to be recruited in the near future.

Chief Inspector Mark Dudley has swapped roles with Major Dick Haly. Mark will now be moving to the Plans area with particular responsibility for co-ordinating Transition plans. Dick will be taking over the co-ordination role, supporting Tony Podmore.
The DTR Update is accessible via the Defence Intranet along with an up to date DTR IPT Organisational Chart. You can access this site by typing ‘DTR IPT’ into the search facility and selecting ‘Defence Training Review Integrated Project Team (DTR IPT)’.
This DTR Update was produced by the DTR IPT.
May 2008

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