Big weapon systems but are we ready

By Nicholas Stuart*

Between becoming defence industry minister in 2016 and his departure from the full portfolio earlier this year, Christopher Pyne instituted the largest military modernisation project Australia has witnessed since World War II.

By May this year, when he departed parliament, Pyne had engraved plans for spending and equipment decades into the future. He had locked-in a massive spending program that will utterly transform the forces. But that plan raises big questions, the most important of which is has the money been spent on the right thing?

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