This document describes private-sector involvement in the provision of support services in the UK. Ministry of Defense (MoD) and the US. Army. It provides an overview of U.K. privatization and outsourcing initiatives, and it compares U.K. and US. Army activities in housing, base operations, and logistics. It is based upon four background papers prepared for a joint U.S.-U.K. conference on Privatizing Military Installation Assets, Operations, and Services, which was held April 14–16, 2000, at Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire, U.K. The conference was sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Environment and was attended by senior military leaders, government civilians, and industry representatives from the United States and the United Kingdom.
This document and the conference proceedings (Ellen M. Pint and Rachel Hart, Public-Private Partnerships: Proceedings of the U.S.-U.K. Conference on Military Installation Assets, Operations, and Services, Santa Monica, CA: RAND, CF-l64-A, 2001) should be of interest to government, military, and industry readers who would like to learn about existing U.S. and UK. outsourcing and privatization efforts, as well as how the military might make more effective use of the private sector in providing support functions.
This research was sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Environment and conducted in the Military Logistics Program of RAND Arroyo Center. The Arroyo Center is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the United States Army.