Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Game changer or irresponsible? The Known Unknowns About Australia’s Nuclear Submarine Deal | Australian foreign policy

- Advertisement -

Must read

It started, as defense stories often do, with an acronym. Australians woke up Thursday morning to Aukus, a new alliance between Australia, Britain and the United States formed to deal with the growing threat from China.

(Aukus carefully avoided the ‘C’ word, but we all know that’s what they were thinking.)

News of the tripartite alliance born at the June G7 trilateral came with the shocking announcement that Australia would scrap its current $ 90 billion submarine project in favor of nuclear-powered ships. Instead of 12 French-designed submarines, Australia will get “at least eight” designed in the UK or US and built in Adelaide.

The reaction was swift. New Zealand, left out of the gang, will continue its nuclear-weapon-free policy and ban any nuclear-powered submarines in its waters. The Greens and anti-nuclear activists were scathing.

Paris called it a “back stab.” France said it had no warning about the deal and found out from the media. Later, French officials were told that their American counterparts were not available to meet.

“We only found out yesterday,” Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly told RFI radio.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he discussed it with French President Emmanuel Macron after the G7.

Beijing called it “extremely irresponsible.”

It was a lot to take in. But, to channel Donald rumsfeld, those are the known acquaintances. There will be much more to come as we try to answer the known unknowns.

What are we getting?

If the new plan, unlike the old one, goes according to plan, we will get a fleet of nuclear powered submarines. At least we know how they work.

We don’t know yet whether they will be based on a UK or US design, but it is more than likely that they will be powered by the type of reactor found in America’s Virginia-class submarines.

Why?

Let us put aside the broader question of Australia’s role and obligation to global stability and America’s satisfaction.

Sign up for Guardian Australia’s hottest news every morning

Many defense experts have been arguing that we need the stealth and range of nuclear submarines, rather than the diesel-electric ones that we end up ordering. The idea has generally been rejected by the government because we do not have sovereign nuclear capabilities. Apparently that doesn’t matter anymore. (Or not?)

Guardian Australia Political Editor Katharine Murphy explained the factors that led to the decision and the unknown long-term ramifications. Former Defense Minister Christopher Pyne said the new technology that means they never have to be restocked was a “game changer” that led to Australia’s decision.

And yet the decision was made in secret and it was a global shock. The government may have sealed the deal quickly, but there is still a long way to go.

And the jobs?

Morrison promises that there will be a job bonanza for everyone, but oddly enough, some people feel a bit insecure. Naval Group Australia employs around 350 people, who will be looking for new jobs. There are companies that have prepared to supply merchandise to the Naval Group that do not know if they will remain as the proverbial cormorants.

The government says the new (proposed) submarines will have 40% local content, compared to the 60% promised by the Naval Group.

And fewer ships will also be built.

Still, Australia has a historic shortage of submarines, so they will at least be in high demand.

Show me the money.

Fast guide

How to get the latest news from Guardian Australia

Show

Photographer: Tim Robberts / Stone RF

Thank you for your comments.

Australia has already spent $ 2.4 billion on the now scrapped project; Morrison says the money was not wasted, although it went into building a very different ship. Exiting the contract will cost hundreds of millions (but we do not yet know if France could have a legal recourse to obtain more compensation).

That’s a lot of money. Do you know what else will cost a lot of money? At least eight new subs. And no, we don’t know how much.

How quickly can this new military industrial effort get into action?

One of the continuing concerns about the future fleet was that it would take so long to get them up and running that we would have to stretch Australia’s existing Collins-class fleet with extensive repairs. We will still have to do that.

There will first be an 18-month study to develop the plan. And it will be a decade before the ships start to hit the water. So at this stage, when it comes to the timeline, we’re pretty much where we were before.

So stay tuned as we fight the notoriously secretive defense system to find out what we’re getting for our taxpayers’ money and when, and maybe why, and if it’s worth it, and if we’ve irreparably damaged our relationship with France. , and by extension, with Europe.

Still, at least we know the basics. Like the name of our prime minister. Even if the president of the United States may not.

Do Not Miss

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

What time is the World Series tonight? TV schedule, channel...

0
The World Series is finally here. MLB's first full season since 2019 came down to just two teams in the quest for the title: the...

Reportedly, “The Big Quit” comes here with a record 4.3 million...

0
# Roommates, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the workforce in life-altering ways, but many likely did not expect the aftermath to cause millions of Americans...

Southwest Airlines cancellations are causing chaos

0
Flight cancellations were a routine part of travel long before the pandemic. But even in the new environment brought on by COVID-19, Southwest...

Marlo Hampton becomes official titleholder of Peach-Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore and...

0
While rumors about the cast of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" season 14 have been circulating for months, Bravo just released the official cast list.On...

Deadly protests follow military coup in Sudan

0
Sudanese soldiers fired on pro-democracy protesters that flooded the streets of the capital Khartoum after the nation's top military commander dissolved the government and...

Covid outbreak hits South Korea’s growth

0
South Korea's economic growth slowed in the third quarter as strong exports were offset by weak domestic consumption due to the country's tough Covid...

What happened to Carl Madsen? Former NFL referee dies after...

0
The NFL world received tragic news today, as Officer Carl Madsen, who worked during the Tennessee Titans' dominant victory over the Kansas City Chiefs...

Life after loneliness: ‘In school, I was incredibly isolated, then I...

0
I. I'm sure I wasn't the only one, when the closure was announced last March, to wonder if I was more...

Former South Korean President Roh Tae-woo dies at 88

0
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Former South Korean President Roh Tae-woo, who participated in a military coup and then won the election that was...

Which RBs Will Rush Their Franchise to the NFL Playoffs?

0
When it comes to power rankings the only men who tend to get talked about are NFL quarterbacks. Of course, this is with good...

Japan’s Nikkei 225 rises nearly 2% as Asia-Pacific stocks rise

0
SINGAPORE - Asia-Pacific stocks rose Tuesday after major Wall Street indices rose to all-time closing highs in the United States.Japanese stocks led regional gains...

Frances Haugen told UK MPs that Facebook is "undoubtedly making the...

0
BBC: Frances Haugen told UK MPs that Facebook is "undoubtedly making hate worse" and warns that Instagram is "more dangerous than other forms of...

Former Victoria Police Officer Brett Guerin Harassed People Online With Racist...

0
The former head of the Victoria Police Ethics Standards Unit used three pseudonyms to post racist, sexist and homophobic comments while trolling people online,...

Majority in the US Concerned about the weather

0
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden is addressing a vital UN climate summit at a time when most Americans view the deterioration of the...

‘Big’ John McCarthy criticizes Daniel Cormier for saying that Fedor Emelianenko...

0
Daniel Cormier sparked a lot of debate in the MMA community after he seemed doubtful about Fedor Emelianenko's chances in the UFC.The former two-division...

Iran executes people at ‘alarming rate’: 250 in 2020

0
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Iran executed more than 250 people, including at least four delinquent children, in 2020 and has carried out 230 executions...

‘We are Hong Kong’: can the Olympics circumvent the politicization of...

0
I.In July, more than 5,000 people gathered by the sides of the APM mall in Hong Kong on a Monday night. They waved...

How to catch all Islehoppers in Sea of ​​Thieves

0
Sea of ​​Thieves is home to various types of fish, including the various forms of the Islehopper.Grasshoppers do not need bait to be caught...

Tammy Rivera accuses a CVS employee of racial profiling while capturing...

0
Early Monday morning, Tammy Rivera took to social media to call a local CVS employee who she said was racially profiling her. She...

5 of the best streamers in Minecraft Dream SMP

0
Dream Survival-Multiplayer (SMP) has become one of the most popular private multiplayer servers on the internet. Every Minecrafter has heard of the infamous...

James Harden’s quiet start continues as free throw attempts plummet

0
It has been impossible to watch the Brooklyn Nets this season without noticing the drop in production from James Harden. Harden, a three-time scoring...

Biden fights to save ambitious climate agenda ahead of COP26

0
Kamala Harris, the vice president of the United States, met with a group of top climate activists in Washington on Monday to reassure them...

Itto’s constellations and distinctive weapon stats changed.

0
Genshin Impact 2.3 leaks have revealed changes to Arataki Itto's constellations and signature weapon, with new upgrades and nerfs for his kit. Itto...

The best shiny Pokémon GO trackers to use in 2021

0
Pokémon GO is littered with shiny shapes always coveted by many Pokémon, but keeping track of those available and those that a trainer has...

Climate migration expected to increase in India amid extreme weather |...

0
One study says that droughts, floods and heat waves are driving climate migration as the country's poorest are forced from their homes.An increase in...

Indiana Rally Employees Leave During Night Shift – Rat Infestation, Low...

0
While many people need a job, some people at a Rally's restaurant located in Jefferson, Indiana, decided to step away from their roles.According to...

Fantasy Waiver Wire Week 8: Deshaun Watson, Allen Lazard Among Top...

0
Deshaun watson he's healthy and has the potential to be one of the top five fantasy football players, but he's been sitting on the...

Migrants march on Mexican capital demanding ‘dignity’

0
About 1,000 migrants seeking refugee status marched toward the Mexican capital on Monday, as the government faced a call from the United Nations to...

Marcy Venture Partners, co-founded by Jay-Z, just closed its second fund...

0
Marcy Venture Partners, the venture firm co-founded in 2018 by Shawn Carter (Jay-Z), former Roc Nation CEO Jay Brown and former Walden VC general...

Former Liberty spokesperson says he was fired for raising concerns

0
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A former Liberty University spokesperson sued the Virginia Evangelical School after he was fired, alleging in a lawsuit filed Monday...

Filinvest REIT Corporation Annual Shareholders Meeting Notice

0
Please see the Filinvest REIT Corporation Annual Meeting of Shareholders Notice below: ADVT. Subscribe to our commercial newsletter Read next Don't miss the latest news and information....

Scott Morrison Says Australia’s Net Zero Emissions 2050 Plan is Election-Based,...

0
Prime Minister Scott Morrison published the government's plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and updated Australia's projection for 2030 to between 30%...

Explained: Everything you need to know about the new US international...

0
WASHINGTON: New rules from the Biden administration that require most foreigners to be vaccinated before flying to the United States will go into effect...

New Cash Raising Firms Grow US Junk Market To Record Size

0
A generation of newcomers to the US junk bond market has propelled it to record size, with entry-level issuers borrowing cheap cash from investors...

Apple una vez amenazó con prohibir Facebook por abuso de mucamas...

0
DUBAI, Emiratos Árabes Unidos: Hace dos años, Apple amenazó con retirar Facebook e Instagram de su tienda de aplicaciones por preocupaciones sobre el uso...

Coup in Sudan: US condemns military takeover as protests continue on...

0
The United States has "strongly" condemned the leaders of Sudan's military coup, as the United Nations planned an emergency meeting on the crisis and...

Modern Land becomes the latest Chinese developer to fail to pay...

0
Modern Land has become the latest Chinese developer to default on a dollar bond in a sign of continued turmoil in the country's real...

Isis-K insurgency threatens Taliban control in Afghanistan

0
Two months after the Taliban seized power, violence, death and fear still haunt Afghanistan. American troops may have left, but the new Islamist...

DVD streaming and rental company Redbox was up ~ 24% on...

0
Dade Hayes / Deadline: Redbox, the DVD rental and streaming company, was up ~ 24% on its Nasdaq debut after a...

Lagarde Prepares to Roll Back Market Bets on Eurozone Rate Hike

0
Christine Lagarde will face an unusual test this week when the president of the European Central Bank is likely to reject the growing belief...

Sadly, the world was not prepared for a pandemic. Let’s...

0
TTwo years ago, three months before the coronavirus outbreak, the Global Readiness Monitoring Board (GPMB) issued a warning to the international community that a...

Australia presents net zero target for 2050 ahead of Glasgow summit...

0
The climate laggard commits to a goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, but will not improve on its 2030 target.Australia will commit...

Romo’s comments about Brady’s wife provoke outrage

0
CBS announcer Tony Romo is in trouble with his comments during Sunday's clash between the Tamba Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears.Sunday was a...

Basics related to working from home

0
If you want run your own business from home, you need to know what the essential parts are. There are many things at...

Singapore only has 60 ICU beds left as severe Covid cases...

0
Singapore reported 3,174 new Covid-19 cases on October 26.SINGAPORE: The number of seriously ill Covid-19 patients in Singapore has risen to such an extent...
- Advertisement -

Don't Miss