Submarines: how did we get here?


By Graeme Dobell*

As Australia’s defence minister does her quarterly meetings with the French to push, pummel and pull at the future submarine project, Linda Reynolds is entitled to reflect, ‘How in heavens did we get here?’

Creating the 12 Attack-class submarines is a ‘wicked problem’.

The cost of the largest defence procurement in Australia’s history has blown out to $90 billion. The timelines stretch and the effort to get Australian industry to do the build is also a stretch.

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