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JSF head misrepresented or lied about F-35 claims Federal MP

JSF head misrepresented or lied about F-35 claims Federal MP

In a parliamentary speech this week Liberal backbencher Dr Dennis Jensen accuses Tom Burbage, the executive vice president for F-35 program integration at Lockheed Martin of misrepresenting, or at worst, telling lies about aspects of the Joint Strike Fighter’s price and performance. The criticism of Burbage followed his visit to Australia to discuss the F-35, […]

Australia being misled about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Australia being misled about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

The author of this succinct picture of defence reporting the Australian way (above) which is with few exceptions, apologetic and subservient, has provided Crikey with a snapshot of the state of Australia’s JSF purchase, on which our air power superiority depends, and for which the defence establishment of this country has become the de facto […]

Double talking over the ‘real American aerial tanker’

Double talking over the ‘real American aerial tanker’

Boeing has sent an email seeking my support through my Congressional representatives (!) for their bid to win the massive US contract for a new aerial tanker, the KC-X project, to replace the ancient, but distinguished fleet of Boeing KC-135 tankers currently serving the USAF. The KC-135 was the precursor of the Boeing 707, and […]

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter hit by Dutch roll

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter hit by Dutch roll

The Netherlands parliament has debated and passed three motions which make it very unlikely that country will persevere with its involvement in the F-35 JSF project, although it will come under fierce pressure to remain a customer. This ‘Dutch roll’ comes at a time when Australian Defence Minister, Senator John Faulkner, is officially ‘unhappy’ with […]

Meet Boeing’s Phantom Ray while you can see it

Meet Boeing’s Phantom Ray while you can see it

Boeing’s Phantom Ray unmanned defence systems test vehicle looks the part of a 1950’s comic book, but will it be able to tell the difference between a wedding party, a school, or village, and a collection of baddies in central Asia? That’s the burning question. It’s a serious one, but the answers probably lie in […]

JSF-the truth about that rushed $3.2 billion commitment?

JSF-the truth about that rushed $3.2 billion commitment?

There is a fascinating insight into why Defence Minister John Faulkner’s advisors may have been so keen for him to commit $3.2 billion to the JSF project last November contained in this passage in the GAO or Government Accountability Office report into the fiasco published last week. Get it. Faulkner was conned into promising $3.2 […]

Memo Defence: Come clean now on JSF debacle

Memo Defence: Come clean now on JSF debacle

There is an urgent need for Defence Minister, John Faulkner, to tell parliament what he knows about the state of Australia’s most costly and vital defence acquisition, the F-35 JSF or Joint Strike Fighter. He was tipped off by the US deputy defense secretary William Lynn, about the parlous state of affairs on February 15-16 […]

Chopper choices? Another tough defence decision

Chopper choices? Another tough defence decision

While away, in a place cut off from on-line media, the choice of an anti-submarine warfare helicopter platform for the RAN was raised in the JSF discussion by Bushranger 71 and 12Bravo with the suggestion of a separate discussion. Which is a suggestion keenly welcomed. It’s a topic which is arguably not beset by all […]

JSF watch-US FoI documents just published

JSF watch-US FoI documents just published

The pace at which the US is discovering the dismal state of the Joint Strike Fighter JSF F-35 program continues to outpace the capacity of the Australian Government to deal with the reality, and the inability of its defence establishment to recognise and react to the disclosures. This story, using documents obtained under American FoI […]

PAK-FA analysis and high level advice point to JSF crisis

PAK-FA analysis and high level advice point to JSF crisis

About now Defence Minister John Faulkner is having tea and biscuits with William Lynn, the deputy secretary of the US Defense Office, who is breaking some awkward news about the JSF Joint Strike Fighter project. Namely, that March is going to be a very difficult month for the troubled project. But if the Minister had […]