Defence

The Pen-Pusher is Mightier

If nothing else, the report of the Board of Inquiry into the fatal crash of a navy Sea King helicopter in Indonesia in 2005 revealed that the persistent problems in the Defence Department of the past thirty years remain. At the time of the crash in which five people were killed, knowledgeable commentators pointed out that the Sea Kings had been in service for some thirty years and were too old to be safe. The board found that the crash resulted from short cuts in maintenance procedures brought about in part by funding shortages and too high a tempo of…

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