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A mistake made by many pollies, govt bureaucrats, media and many civilians, that militaries are like other govt departments, can operate on a business model, having similar metrics, KPIs and outputs. How do you measure your output? The number of enemy dead? Well Gen Westmoreland did that in Vietnam, boasting about how many VC killed each day / week, and still lost the war. They only metric that counts in the end is win, lose or draw. Ask the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon, or Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler. Yes outputs do have to be measured in order that funds have to be accounted for to ensure that they are not wasted and KPIs should be measured, but the difficult part is defining what those KPIs and outputs should be, and they certainly cannot be defined by a business model which is built a profit motive.This never occurred to me before but it is madness. Imagine if the private sector tried to run their businesses like this?
All they would be doing is hiring entry level staff which they would have to then invest enormous amounts of time and money on only to see most of them eventually poached by another company. It would be an absolutely terrible business model doomed to failure.