Strike fighters give Australia ability to project massive air power | World news |

Strike fighters give Australia ability to project massive air power | World news |
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is a more capable aircraft than the Super Hornet. Photograph: AAP/Department of Defence, Lockheed Martin

“To Australia the aeroplane has come bringing gifts in both its hands,” the then prime minister, Billy Hughes, remarked in 1935. Australia already had a measure of protection from foreign attack by virtue of its sheer remoteness, but Hughes recognised what has since become a touchstone of Australian strategic policy: that the ability to project massive air power across the continent could make invasion nearly impossible.

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Strike fighters give Australia ability to project massive air power | World news | NewsWire

Strike fighters give Australia ability to project massive air power | World news | NewsWire
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is a more capable aircraft than the Super Hornet. Photograph: AAP/Department of Defence, Lockheed Martin

“To Australia the aeroplane has come bringing gifts in both its hands,” the then prime minister, Billy Hughes, remarked in 1935. Australia already had a measure of protection from foreign attack by virtue of its sheer remoteness, but Hughes recognised what has since become a touchstone of Australian strategic policy: that the ability to project massive air power across the continent could make invasion nearly impossible.

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Navy to award contract for Marine One helicopter fleet in shadow of previous failure

The last time the Pentagon tried to upgrade the president’s coolest ride — the fleet of helicopters that drop him at his doorstep on the South Lawn of the White House — it didn’t go well. Costs doubled. Delays sparked ridicule, then outrage. And President Obama, then just a few weeks in office, said it was “an example of the procurement process gone amok” before defense officials killed the program outright.

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Tax Refund Fraudsters May Have Targeted Physicians

Tax Refund Fraudsters May Have Targeted Physicians

(James LeVeque)

Plenty of Americans don’t file their tax returns until the very last week: it’s just human nature. We shared scary warnings many times before this year’s April 15 deadline that fraudsters are filing Americans’ returns before they do, harvesting their refunds. Some even scarier news (if you’re a health care provider) broke today: some state medical societies report outbreaks of tax return scams among their members.

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