And we continue to progress our core capabilities, including the future submarines, the AWDs, the LHDs, the naval combat helicopters, the Joint Strike Fighter, the Caribou replacements, vehicles for Army, Chinooks and maritime patrol.
Well, if Defence and/or this Government were honestly concerned about "maritime patrol", we would have the successful Howard plan for illegal boats in action. Granted; more of an attitude and less platform specific. However, Smith mentioning platforms in excess is a plan to fail; but moving right along.
The intelligentsia, policy wonks, senior Defence leaders or other self-important actors, pay pretty poor attention to something that continues to put major weapons system buys at risk. Over and over again:
An Analysis of Defence Materiel Organisation Major Projects Management and What Needs to be Fixed
Australia's Failing Defence Structure and Management Methodology
I do have one additional theory of why Defence thinking in Australia is in such a bad way.