Australian defense organizations have poor management: minister

12:47, November 26, 2010      

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Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith on Friday demanded greater rigor and accountability from all branches of the defense organization.

Smith said he was not confident he was receiving a unified "one defense" view when dealing with personnel below the top leaders.

"Rather, I often suspect I get a view from a silo," he told the defense senior leadership group in Canberra on Friday.

Smith used a project to acquire long-range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) stand-off missiles for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as an example of how defense needed to lift its game.

That project was launched in 2006, but no missiles have yet entered service. It has now been added to the list of defense projects of concern.

He said this listing is because of poor management, adding that the organization has failed to keep the government properly and fully informed about the project and its difficulties.

Smith said defense was a big and complex organization, and it was a mistake to proceed on the basis that Afghanistan was the single biggest operational challenge.

He demanded defense to implement the significant changes outlined in the Defense White Paper, Force 2030 and the Strategic Reform Program, adding that defense had a responsibility to ensure the defense dollar was spent wisely on priority items and that it be seen to be spent wisely.

That applied particularly to procurement and capability, he said.

Source: Xinhua


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