AUSMIN success brings out spivs & freeloaders

Robert Bond   Director   Citizens for Defence

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AUSMIN Ministers 2014 Sydney

                   AUSMIN Ministers 2014 Sydney

AUSMIN success brings out spivs & freeloaders

bobThis week AUSMIN was held in Sydney and must rank as the most successful and cooperative meeting between the US and Australia at the Foreign Affairs and Defence Dept level in the last few years. The new Coalition government represented by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister, Senator David Johnston hit it off well with John Kerry and Chuck Hagel representing the US.

A 25 year agreement was signed allowing US marines to rotate in and out of Darwin and more US war planes to visit the northern military bases. It was agreed to look into a joint ballistic missile shield between Australia, the US and Japan aimed at eventually having the ship with the best shot fire the anti missile aimed at the rogue missile which will probably be fired by North Korea. In addition they intend to make further investigations into the US birthing warships and submarines on bases on the North West Australian coast.

Well hasn’t the success of the annual meeting with the US brought out the pacifists, professional knockers, China lovers, spoofs, freeloaders and US haters in the community. The Lowy institute led off with their chief China lover Hugh White who didn’t disappoint with a post that tortured concerned citizens with his questions suggesting China is making mistakes, Japan is a spent force, the US has no spine and Australia has no skin in the game. This follows his recent claims our Prime Minister doesn’t understand China and Australia should insist that the US share power with China.

Chinese Ballistic Anti Ship Missiles

Chinese Ballistic Anti Ship Missiles

None of these questions can be answered except in the fullness of time and then it will be too late to make a difference. So China is making a mistake or not making a mistake or just doesn’t care about Japans or the West’s sensitivities. Hugh says Japan is a spent force and the US has no spine yet it is Japan that is trying to organise opposition to the rabid Chinese aggression that is going to see ballistic missiles sitting on man-made islands in the southern tip of the South China Sea pointed at our population centres of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and any other military target deemed necessary. It is the US that has hundreds of warships and many military bases and planes and rotation arrangements of forces with most of its allies that is constantly patrolling the Indo-Pacific.

Then Sam Roggeveen in a Lowy blog post “what are we getting ourselves in for” criticized any cooperation with the US in forming a combined missile shield which would guard Australia against rogue nuclear attack particularly by North Korea. Sam finishes off with the following assumption “The obvious response to these concerns is that Australia is getting involved in order to be a good ally. But there are many ways we can do that.”

Nuclear Bomb detonation

Nuclear Bomb detonation

As usual the pacifists make suggestions without any backup. My assumption is not that we want to be a good US ally but that we don’t want our cities, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane blown off the map as well as other high value targets destroyed by ballistic missiles. What may I ask are the other ways we can guard against ballistic missiles but by having an anti-ballistic missile shield in place?

If the pacifists and naysayers really want peace, it is fought for and won by the Jim Molans of this world, who rarely grace the pages of the Australian think tank blogs.

A regurgitated Collins submarine

Robert Bond   Director   Citizens for Defence

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Collins submarine

                                      Collins submarine

A regurgitated Collins submarine

Bobby Bond SharpenedASPI’s Andrew Davies has given a run down on the (SEA 1000) Future submarine project. Project manager RADM Greg Sammut and DMO David Gould advised that the revised capability aims aren’t very different from Collins in terms of range, speed and endurance. Capability enhancements will instead focus on sensor capabilities and stealthiness, both of which will make the subs more effective and survivable in the decades to come.

And now they are deciding to equip the subs with the existing Collins combat system. In effect it is going to be a new Collins sub only outdated by another 50 years of delays and ensures Australia will have a more outdated submarine than the Collins was.

This is a first class scandal where our Defence Minister David Johnston and Prime Minister Tony Abbott are drowning in a sea of political intrigue or are just delaying and muddying the waters as Labor did. The truth will never be revealed whilst the government propaganda machine ASPI led by Peter Jennings and helped along by the extremely mild mannered Andrew Davies who are both on the next Defence White Paper Board and are with ASPI an organisation that gets $8000 a day or $3 million a year presumably to push out government propaganda.

There should be a royal commission into the delays and intrigue from as far back as 2008 which has left Australia defenceless in underwater operations and all it can now offer is a rerun of the Collins performance and endurance credentials. It should be investigated how a government can rule out nuclear powered subs which are the only option if we ever want to stand on our own two feet in Asia in the decades ahead.

If Australia goes ahead with the Collins clone it will type us in the rest of the world as a second rate democracy easily intimidated and pushed around and a freeloader on the US which has made quite plain in the last few years this is unacceptable to them.

Virginia Submarine underway

Virginia Submarine underway

One would have thought that so-called experts like Andrew Davies would be more than a government mouthpiece and compare the benefits to Australia of nuclear power such as an underwater speed indefinitely of over 32 knots etc, etc.

There has to be an inquiry into why our governments and their advisers are going to keep our submarine warfare capabilities at the level of technology in the first half of the last century and have for 8 years excluded even the consideration of this century nuclear technology which by definition is centuries ahead of a regurgitated Collins-class submarine.