I wrote a little while ago about Australian Defence issues, including regular problems with cost blows in the purchasing of defence equipment.
I noted a story in The Washington Post (link found though The Daily Briefing) about a defence procurement scandal in the USA. It is not only reminiscent of Australia’s failings on a larger scale, it also has echoes of the AWB scandal as far as memory loss of the Minister is concerned.
USA Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld told investigators “he was unsure how his department came to nearly squander $30 billion leasing several hundred new tanker aircraft that its own experts had decided were not needed.”
when investigators asked him whether he had approved the Boeing tanker lease in May 2003 — despite widespread violations of Pentagon and government-wide procurement rules along the way — Rumsfeld said: “I don’t remember approving it. But I certainly don’t remember not approving it, if you will.”