He is quick to blame the current government with today's Defence woes. He gives a large free pass to the past government.
“To the credit of the Howard government, it recognised the true state of the ADF and started remedial action.”
How? By committing billions to the no-analysis F-35? By committing billions to the questionable Air Warfare Destroyer? By committing billions to the questionable Amphibs? By committing billions the questionable Super Hornet purchase?
It was the Howard government that removed Australia's long-range strike capacity.
How about M-1 tanks? They are not very useful for the region. And, they are fuel hogs. But we got 'em.
There are other examples. Throwing money at the rent-seekers by a larger volume does not make a credible measuring stick of a government’s commitment to the nation’s defence.
“The Rudd Defence White Paper 2009 was welcomed by the public because it was comfortingly robust.”
Maybe "robust" if one is in the rent-seeking business, but not for one interested in true defensive value of the nation. And otherwise, a sham of a product for looking in total: ignorant to the facts of life.
So as for the current government’s history of Defence Ministers since 2007, it is a mixed bag.
They did a follow-on with the previous government in destroying Australia's ability to defend itself from the air.
They did kill the Sea Sprite and bring to attention that the N90 torpedo program was stupid as the day is long and...dishonest.
Then too, we still have a seriously flawed helicopter roadmap.
Neither government has taken the disastrous DMO to the pound to have it put to sleep.
Other: Jim Molan brings up the flawed percent of GDP as it pertains to a Defence budget meme.
Again, this is an entitlement nation. Whatever is left over in the Federal Budget for Defence is...what you get.
And like it, Sir.
I suspect things aren't going to get better regardless of the government in power. For example: Senator David Johnston meets all the requirements for being fact free, low information and a useful idiot for Lockmart and the not very useful NACC.
As Australia becomes more of an entitlement society, Defence will have even less say, simply because the only thing senior leadership bring to the table are robust goals for having an ineffective military.
Who really wants to spend any money on that?