The author of a leaked Rand report concluding in a non-peer-reviewed section that the F-35 “can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run” has apparently left the think-tank. (Read the report here. I obtained a copy of the report a few weeks after it had been leaked to the Australian press.)
Dennis Jensen, an Australian lawmaker, former defense analyst and outspoken F-35 Joint Strike Fighter critic, broke the news about John Stillion’s departure in a speech on the floor of parliament in Canberra yesterday.
“His abrupt departure amid the controversy over his reportraises some deeply disturbing questions. There are suggestions in some quarters that he wasdismissed over the document and that his removal was ordered by the
Read Jensen’s full press release on the jump.
A senior analyst who wrote a report critical of the JointStrike Fighter (JSF) has suddenly departed the RAND Corporation think-tank amidan international row sparked by his comments.
Federal Member for Tangney Dennis Jensen revealed JohnStillion, a respected senior analyst with
“His abrupt departure amid the controversy over his reportraises some deeply disturbing questions,” Dr Jensen said in a speech toparliament Thursday.
“There are suggestions in some quarters that he wasdismissed over the document and that his removal was ordered by the
Dr Jensen said his office had been told by Project Air Forcedirector Andrew Hoehn that Dr Stillion had left the organisation but that nofurther details had been provided.
He also said that Stillion was not his source for thematerial and that he had never had any contact with the analyst.
In his pre-briefing report for the US Pacific Vision wargames exercise held in August, Dr Stillion had assessed the controversial JSFas being “double inferior”.
“Inferior acceleration, inferior climb, inferior sustainedturn capability,” he wrote.
“Can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run.”
Dr Jensen confirmed he had distributed copies of the RANDreport in a bid to stimulate debate about the controversial planned purchase ofthe JSF by
“The program general manager of the JSF project, LockheedMartin vice president Tom Burbage, and the program executive officer within theUSAF, Major General Charles Davis intimated that those who released the
“Well, that person is me, and I do have a vested interest. Iwant to ensure
“If the product is flawed, then our entire national securitypolicy will be as well.
“And that is too important for us to ignore.”
Dr Jensen also suggested
“Has Defence done any such analysis?” he asked.
“If so, what were the results of that analysis? If they havenot, why not?”