The next budget is coming out.
The bloated defence budget--going on toward $27B per year--does need a haircut.
Not because of the moronic spend-thrift nature of the labor government since they took power but because of the moronic spend-thrift nature of the entrenched defence bureaucracy (EDB).
The EDB except maybe for the Army, has gotten just about everything wrong.
-Giving away air-refueling tankers before an operational replacement exists. That is not only dumb but dangerous behaviour.
-Wishing that Australia can have new and high-risk Collins-class sub replacements at tens-of-billions of dollars, even though the idea is barking-mad.
-Giving away long-range strike of the F-111 on a lie.
-Buying the Super-Hornet on a lie.
-Spending money to upgrade half of the Super Hornets with obsolete jamming gear.
-The endless propaganda about needing the defective and overly expensive F-35.
-Not being able to do basic corrosion control on existing ships.
-Doing impulse buys of military hardware near the end of a budget year because that money can't be spent on existing faulty and delayed programs on the project-of-concern list.
-Having a gold-plated, and ineffective helicopter force-structure roadmap.
-Wanting to buy Air Warfare Destroyers and large amphibious flat-tops that are expensive, hard to find crew for and can't be protected because of a faulty air power and submarine roadmap.
-Fat on flag-ranks, senior executives, and civilian personnel. That is a lot of office furniture (executive style and otherwise).
-Being hostile to home industry.
-Black-listing contractors. This costs the nation in loss of valuable strategic and technical consultation.
-And a few other things.
And Mr. Babbage implies that now the 2009 White Paper has "failed". But it was "failed" as soon as it was released.