STEPHEN SMITH: It's been announced this morning that the chief executive officer of the Defence Materiel Organisation Dr Steve Gumley will retire as the chief executive officer of the Defence Materiel Organisation and retire from Defence.
His retirement will take effect from today.
When it happens that fast, and with those words, it usually isn't a happy ending. I challenge Mr. Smith to step away from the boilerplate statements and really tell us the value that Mr. Gumley or the DMO in general has given the taxpayer. Realistically, Mr. Smith cannot.
Mr. Gumley's achievement as the head of the failed experiment known as the DMO was the project of concern list.
For years, outside industry experts tried to help him out with good, solid advice to stop the bleeding. He could have been a shinning light. Yet, the dark side of the force; groupthink (or was it being promoted way beyond one's ability?) was just too much.