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UK NAO highlights training shortfalls

16th April 2020 - 13:00 GMT | by Trevor Nash in Holsworthy

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In March, the UK’s National Audit Office (NAO) published its 'Defence Capabilities – Delivering What Was Promised' report. For the first time, the NAO concentrated on the delivery of capability rather than just equipment.

Historically, the office, which is responsible for auditing government departments, focused its attentions purely on equipment programmes and how they were managed. Its new more holistic approach not only considers equipment but how training, equipment, people, infrastructure, doctrine, organisation, information and logistics – or TEPIDOIL – come together to provide military capability.

The report defined capability as ‘not simply a piece of equipment such as a tank.

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After a career in the British Army, Trevor Nash worked in the simulation and training …

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