Air Warfare Destroyer debacle

 

Robert Bond   Director   Citizens for Defence

 www.citizensfordefence.org      Citizens for Defence (BondBobby) on Twitter

CITIZENS FOR DEFENCE

AWD

Air Warfare Destroyer

Air Warfare Destroyer debacle

Australia’s new Air Warfare Destroyer’s budget has blown out from $8 billion to $9 billion and the first destroyer has not even been half constructed. (Fears of $1bn bailout as destroyer project leaks $10m a month, Cameron Stewart, the Australian, 17/12/13)

Yet Australia thinks it is going to build 12 diesel dinosaur submarines for a wild guess of $40 billion in 2009 dollar value which will be closer to $80-100 billion in 2017 when they are due to be constructed.

When does reality strike home that in 2009 Australia should have ordered US Virginia class nuclear powered submarines that will outperform the new Aussie subs ten times over, be delivered under budget and under 10 years, from a well proven world’s best attack submarine line, at  cost of $3 billion each.

Australian shipyards are not competitive in any parameter of shipbuilding technology.

Cut to defence irresponsible

Robert Bond    Director   Citizens for Defence

 www.citizensfordefence.org      Citizens for Defence (BondBobby) on Twitter

CITIZENS FOR DEFENCE

nimitz9

Cut to defence irresponsible

Bobby Bond SharpenedPaul Dibb and Richard Brabin-Smith would do more for Australia if they realistically assessed the volatile conflicts that are occurring now in the East China Sea, South China Sea and between many Asian nations. For so-called “top defence analysts” to call this situation “benign” strains their credibility to unbelievable limits.

They claim that because the strategic system is “benign” we need not have our defence forces prepared for action as this is costly. Honestly, what warning did the US get when it was attacked at dawn at Pearl Harbour or Australia get when we had to engage a ferry to transport our troops to East Timor?

These analysts then advise the Australian government to reduce our army and look at making cuts to our F35 stealth fighter purchases, submarines and other defence equipment.

One would think that “true” analysts would view the strategic situation and then advise what they felt was needed to effectively defend this nation irrespective of what the government says it intends to provide by way of financial commitments.

North Korean Missiles

North Korean Missiles

Professor Paul Dibb and Richard Brabin-Smith suggest Australia’s defence budget should increase from 1.56% of GDP to 2% of GDP when funds become available.

The psyche of the average Australian (as reflected by the jelly-belly governments we elect) projects helplessness and pacifism beyond what is prudent for our survival given our isolated geographical position beneath billions of people to our north in the turbulent Indo-Pacific region.

Indonesian Islamists

Indonesian Islamists

These people for thousands of years have ruled with the spear, the arrow, gunpowder and now ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and a range of other tactical missiles. Democracy was unknown and human rights were determined by who had the biggest weapon.

The major parties have no idea and care little for Australia to have a modern highly efficient fighting force to defend our motherland. The result is an almost nonexistent defence force trying to carry on operations with a 1.5% of GDP budget. It is a mathematical impossibility and a grave strategic error which is going to cost this nation dearly in the decades ahead.

Any nation serious about protecting its sovereignty should be spending 2% of GDP on operational costs which includes extensive war games at least twice a year extending to 1500 kilometres from our coastline with emphasis on northern Australia. Another 2% of GDP should be invested in a hard hitting naval battle group and hardened forward naval and airbases around Broome, Darwin, and Weipa to guard our northern shores.

Our Ally the US has just reduced its defence budget from nearly 5% of GDP to 4.1% of GDP which has caused much concern in the western democracies. Even at this reduced defence spending the US is subsidising Australian defence spending to over $30 billion per year.

Add this up for the 70 odd years since WW2 that the Americans have been doing this and our “free ride” on the US tax payer becomes obscene and an embarrassing exploitation of a good friend.

If the US thinks it is necessary to spend upwards of 4% of GDP annually for the security of its well defended nation, why would Australia not have to spend even more of our GDP given we are situated in the cockpit of the volatile indo-pacific region?

 Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine


Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine

Why should these analysts accept the stupidity of the government in not funding our defence forces and in the process make it easy on the government to make such cuts?

Both major parties have no interest in seeing that Australia has a credible modern defence force able to defend our northern coastline and project force northward if needed in cooperation with our ally the US.

Weak, grovelling, defence analysts, only too willing to say what is necessary to stay in the good books of the bumbling major parties contributes mightily to the terminal decay in our defence organisation.

 

Japanese sub yesterday’s technology

CITIZENS FOR DEFENCE

Robert Bond   Director   Citizens for Defence

www.citizensfordefence.org        Citizens for Defence (BondBobby) on Twitter

Japanese sub yesterday’s technology

Japanese Soryu-class submarine

Japanese Soryu-class submarine

bob Defence Minister David Johnston is negotiating to equip our future submarines with Japanese power trains from propellers to diesel motors. (Japan asked to share submarine technology, 7/12).

Japans Soryu-class submarines have a top speed of 13 knots on the surface and 20 knots submerged for an undisclosed distance, probably 100 kilometres. With the aid of incredibly expensive Air Independent Propulsion AIP the Soryu can crawl along at 6.5 knots for 6,100 nautical miles.

Virginia Nuclear powered submarine under way

Virginia Nuclear powered submarine 

Is this what Australia needs when we can buy US Virginia class nuclear powered submarines for less money which can sail submerged around the world at 32 knots and never surface? The Virginia sub has 40,000 shaft horsepower available for the life of the submarine compared with the Soryu sub which has 8000 shaft horsepower limited by battery capacity and fuel for the AIP. This only allows the Soryu sub to be submerged for a few weeks if it limits the travel speed and distances traveled.

Does Australia really want to be dependent on an Asian nation that we were at war with 67 years ago for spare parts and repairs to our submarines over the next 40 years? One diplomatic tiff and our subs could become useless.

Is Australia content to let its sailors fight and die in a submarine with yesterday’s technology when it is pitted against nimble Chinese nuclear powered submarines?

If the allies of the US in the Western Pacific Ocean refuse to support the US by every means possible, the US is just as likely to pack up and withdraw to Hawaii and leave us to our own devices to handle China.

Australia needs Virginia class submarines to aid our ally the US counter the aggressive bullying of China in the coming decades which may be the only way to ensure our survival.