Prospect represents the professional interests of 8,000 scientists, engineers and managers across the sector: MOD and its agencies like the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; and in the private sector: BAE Global Combat Systems, Babcock International Group (including Rosyth and Devonport Dockyards); QinetiQ; the Atomic Weapons Establishment; Vector Aerospace; Serco and Nord Anglia.
Prospect members in the defence sector are on the front line in more ways than one. Whether they are civilian specialists in the Ministry of Defence providing vital support and expertise to the armed forces in Afghanistan, or BAE engineering specialists maintaining front line equipment, Prospect members occupy specialist roles in support of the UK armed forces and are a vital part of the UK’s military capability – at home and abroad.
They are also on the front line of a devastating wave of cuts that have emanated from the Strategic Defence and Security Review in October 2010.
MOD is in disarray over the cuts it must implement as part of the SDSR and the Comprehensive Spending Review. More than 30,000 civilian staff are to lose their jobs – 25,000 in the period up to 2015.
Cutbacks to MOD’s equipment programme including the cancellation of Nimrod and the early retirement of the Harrier jet fleet have plunged the private sector defence industry into turmoil. Thousands of skilled specialists at BAE Systems have lost their jobs since the SDSR.