Getting down to implementing the Defence Review
Implementation of the Defence Review, whether in part or completely, and its objectives is dependent on adequate funding of the Department of Defence (DoD) by government a DRIPT (Defence Review implementation Team) member maintains. Retired brigadier general John Gibbs, who was also a member of Roelf Meyer’s Defence Review Committee, was addressing the recent, delayed, launch of the National Defence Industry Council (NDIC) in Ekurhuleni. “If there is not adequate and sufficient funding, the defence trajectory as set out in the Defence Review will not be reached and the consequences of that will be the continued decline of defence capabilities to the disadvantage of ordered commitments.” He called on all SA National Defence Force (SANDF) stakeholders, particularly Parliament, to support calls for additional funding for the South African military machine. Gibbs acknowledged that current constraints on the economic and financial front were a reality and meant funding would have to be sought from somewhere other than the National Treasury.