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Pentagon raises JSF cancellation in US budget review leak

Pentagon raises JSF cancellation in US budget review leak

A very important question for this Australian government, or the next. Why is the Pentagon leaking stories referring to the possible cancellation of the Joint Strike Fighter?

PM’s words on JSF merit close attention

PM’s words on JSF merit close attention

Either the Prime Minister was being sarcastic or the victim of incredibly poor advice in her reported comments about the Joint Strike Fighter debacle in this AAP report. “… we do have the agreement to purchase two and we will go ahead with that purchase.” She said her government would not allow a gap to […]

F-35 sends reminder of worse flying flop

F-35 sends reminder of worse flying flop

The JSF project, which suffered its own grounding event overnight, has another thing in common with the Boeing 787, which is too much PR and too little critical analysis

China stealth combat jet videos pose defence questions

China stealth combat jet videos pose defence questions

An email from Air Power Australia earlier today links to a series of You Tubes of China’s Chengdu J-20 fifth generation stealth jet which raises a whole set of questions for defence experts to consider. Most of those questions are better discussed elsewhere, but there are broader matters of public policy that ought to be […]

JSF Joint Strike Fighter attacks budget deficit, generates useful smoke screen without even being delivered

JSF Joint Strike Fighter attacks budget deficit, generates useful smoke screen without even being delivered

During this morning’s press conferences about changes to Australia’s defence needs, and bringing forward a new defence white paper by a year, the JSF project has displayed exceptional and unexpected utility by saving the government $1.6 billion in next week’s Federal Budget by running late, not to mention not delivering on any of its other […]

Is retired defence chief Angus Houston the right person to chair AirServices Australia?

Is retired defence chief Angus Houston the right person to chair AirServices Australia?

The appointment of retired defence force chief Angus Houston as chairman of air traffic control provider AirServices Australia from 3 June should be reviewed for several reasons, namely the Joint Strike Fighter and Firepower fuel pill fiascos. By the time he takes the chair the JSF project will either be in deeper crisis, or cancelled, […]

A timely warning: The JSF may be axed

A timely warning: The JSF may be axed

Business Spectator, a Crikey network partner, has published a timely warning by Robert Gottliebsen that the US is edging closer to cancelling the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter or JSF, which would have dire consequences for Australia’s defences. Gottliebsen nails it. His report demands more than attention from those concerned about defence matters, notably the epidemic […]

Australia deciding whether to look for JSF F-35 alternative

Australia deciding whether to look for JSF F-35 alternative

Defence Minister Stephen Smith has just told ABC News 24 that Australia is ‘using risk analysis to work out if Australia needs to explore an alternative to the Joint Strike Fighter.’ His comments build very strongly on those he made yesterday, and coincide with clear signs that Democrat and Republican support for the JSF or […]

Australia puts some space between itself and JSF hype

Australia puts some space between itself and JSF hype

The comments made this hour in the US by defence minister Stephen Smith may well signal a tidal shift in Australia’s assessment of the JSF or Joint Strike Fighter project. Interviewed on ABC News 24, Smith took care to emphasise two points: Australia has only committed to buy 14 F-35 JSFs, and The generous built-in […]

Two aircraft that put pressure on the JSF

Two aircraft that put pressure on the JSF

The appearance of two all new attack and defendĀ  aircraft at the beginning and end of the year just over have both raised issues of substance for the Joint Strike Fighter JSF or F-35 program, and reasons for the US and its allies to carefully review their plans to maintain air superiority. The first bookend […]