Defence mandarins join Bechtel

Defence mandarins join Bechtel

Karl West Published: 6 October 2013

MoD building, London The exodus from the MoD has raised questions over conflicts of interest (Andrew Drysdale)

THREE former Ministry of Defence civil servants and one of David Cameron’s close advisers recently joined Bechtel, the American engineering business that is bidding for two huge military outsourcing deals.

The exodus of talent from Whitehall to the engineer has raised questions over potential conflicts of interest. Bechtel is chasing a contract to manage and maintain the ministry’s estate of land and buildings, known as the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), which costs £2.9bn a year to run.

It is also leading a consortium to bid for control of the agency that buys fighter jets, submarines and tanks. The part-privatisation of Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) is down to just two contenders. Bechtel is up against CH2M Hill, a rival American engineer.

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