This website has basically been constructed by concerned people who feel that the future defence of this country is too important to be left in the hands of bumbling bureaucrats and obfuscating politicians.
We have had some technical help, but we could do with more.
We are concerned that the Defence Dept will dismiss us as a bunch of amateurs. We are, of course, but some of us are pretty smart amateurs and the questions we are asking are valid and should not be dismissed.
Many spokespeople in the Defence industry in Australia call themselves “experts” and indeed many probably are. The problem with quite a lot of them is that they are tied to the Defence industry in some way and are paid consultants and it is in their interest to support the status quo.
Indeed, if this website does generate some public debate we will not be surprised if “spokesmen” from the Defence industry line up in support of the French submarine decision & criticise us collectively. They are free to do this of course.
We would like to see if we can encourage qualified people to help us get to the bottom of this.
We need university lecturers/professors etc who are experts in marine engineering and other matters nautical/military.
We need people who are ex-military or ex Defence Dept or who have a background in public service administration related to the military. We need all of you. There is probably a book in this, so we need a good technical journalist. Mike Carlton, what are you doing right now?
I’m not going to hand out my mobile phone number out to the public. I have made that mistake before.
You can get me on the switchboard of Jaycar on 02 8832 3100. Leave a message and I will call you back. (I probably will give you my mobile number then!).
You can email me on email@example.com
We would love to hear from you.