News this week from around the world has not been the happiest. Executions in Indonesia, earthquakes in Nepal and riots in Baltimore to name the main headlines.
In Defence, this has been a time of reflection with the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing being commemorated both here and abroad. In industry news, round 20 of DSTO's Capability Technology Demonstrator program have been released.
But the one thing that stood out to me this week was the comment from an industry member who mentioned that bids for AIR5428, the new pilot training system, have been in the box for 400 days this week by his count. Even erring a few each side THAT'S WELL OVER A YEAR. It would be funny if it wasn't taxpayer dollars being wasted along with lost opportunities for the ADF and wider Defence Community.
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