“I am dying, Maximus. When a man sees his end he wants to know that there has been some purpose to his life. How will the world speak my name in years to come? Will I be known as the philosopher, the warrior, the tyrant?”
So what does the Australian JSF Industry Group (AJIG) (chaired by the government) actually do for home industry that is involved in the F-35 program? Have they briefed industry on the risks involved in this program? Do they actually know the risks? Or are they just cheerleaders for the rent-seekers, defence bureaucrats and primes?
Is it all about them and no one else?
How many real and thoughtful engineers and projects managers are assigned to this team? Are they allowed to speak their mind; or are they silent for fear of being labelled heretics?
When looking at the composition of the AJIG, how many of them are in a situation where their pay check depends on them not questioning the PowerPoint briefings?
Should our politicians investigate this organisation to see what part they had in the failure of Production Parts? What other companies are looking at the same fate?
The business plan behind the F-35 has failed. The hour is very late and an exit strategy has to be produced. Fast.