Yes, the situation is not getting any better.
Even some deception by Defence and DMO is mentioned.
Since 2006 and according to Defence records, the number of annual ''ready days'' has been steadily decreasing, from about 240 days per submarine in 2005-06 to barely over 100 days in 2008-09, they say. The government stopped reporting on ready days after 2008-09, on national security grounds.
The usual suspects quote the 2009 White Paper as if it has value. Again I say, it does not.
There is some illumination. Even if it is late to the game.
"Many options, including that of a locally designed submarine, are looking increasingly implausible."
The rent-seekers that want to destroy a bunch of tax-dollars on home grown subs are still crying.
I say, let them cry. We need submarines, but not at any price and not some fantasy capability.
Does anyone find it interesting that during the last few years Defence does impulse buys of things because the senior DMO/Defence cabal can't spend on the dud project of concern list due to incompetent program management?
We could be well on our way now to starting a replacement submarine with off-the shelf solutions.
Instead, money is wasted on making dud-electronic warfare aircraft out of the Super Hornet situation; an extra Navy ship is bought while being called an amphib, and another C-17 is being purchased.
You may also add the bad idea of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter along with the extra insult of supposedly being contractually committed to buying two "test" aircraft. These aircraft are mistake jets piled on to a gargantuan mistake of an air capability plan.
Add the additional waste of money that is Operation:USELESS DIRT, the Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer and Canberra-class amphib projects.
Defence and politicians are not committed to having a real submarine force. They have demonstrated this with their impulse buys and other silliness.
ASPI estimates 12 home-built submarines would cost about $36 billion compared with only $9bn for smaller off-the-shelf boats. The ASPI report says there are grave doubts about how long the Collins-class boats will last given their chronic unreliability.
Some of us figured this out already, but nice to see it again.
If it comes down to no submarines or a home-grown jobs program with gold-plated submarines, I prefer no submarines.
Until sane strategic thought appears.