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New submarines on verge as procurement decisions await

CIPS 24 February 2012
The Federal Government is set to make some fundamental decisions about the procurement of 12 new submarines, likely to become Australia’s most expensive defence equipment project.
Source: Canberra Times The Federal Government is set to make some fundamental decisions about the procurement of 12 new submarines, likely to become Australia’s most expensive defence equipment project. So far, most public commentary has argued the cost benefits of lower-priced European designs or urged that nuclear powered boats be leased from the US. However, according to Visiting Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre of the ANU, Derek Woolner, this is the wrong place to start. “The first question cabinet should ask is 'can the navy run submarines - any type of submarines’? The answer seems to be: only if the management of the submarine force and its support is radically restructured,” Woolner said. The Navy has struggled to keep its Collins class submarines at sea with a raft of procurement problems prevalent in their existence. Read more here (http://www.canberratimes.com.au/opinion/navy-restructuring-is-needed-20120219-1tgvz.html).

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