Air warfare destroyer: the game-changer

Defence Naval operations Defence expenditure Australia

This publication is Robert’s second monograph for the ASPI case studies in defence projects series, which brings out the human drama and dilemmas of decision-making in what is a multi-billion-dollar, high-stakes business to equip the Australian Defence Force.

Our aim, which he delivers on superbly, is to present a balanced, ‘warts and all’ account of the challenges involved in getting these decisions right.

There’s so much more to complex project management than simply cost, schedule and capacity.

Robert shows how politics (both big and little p), technology, budgeting and the fallibility of human decision-making all intersect to make the defence capability development and acquisition business one of the most demanding of all public sector tasks.

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