The post-Budget blues edition: Backloaded cash, unachievable plans and Collins dies young
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Marcus Hellyer and Michael Shoebridge

In Episode 18, the Grumpy Strategists look at the challenges, contradictions and half truths the numbers in the 2024 Defence Budget reveal. The headline early $5.7 billion turns out not to turn up until mid-2027. Plans for acquisition are likely to fail because of unachievable targets, and the workforce crisis is worsening – meaning Australia’s military just won’t have the people it needs to operate what it buys. The episode ends with analysis of AUKUS sub crewing plans revealed by a US official. Spoiler alert: the Collins subs look like having an early end & Australian submariners are being ‘completely and utterly’ integrated into 25 US subs well before 2032.