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The reported theft of design details of Australia’s new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter by Chinese spies is just one in a long history of security breaches, writes Steven L. Jones.

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If Australia is serious about buying the jump jet version of the Joint Strike Fighter it would be wise to look at why the UK is the only country to change its mind on the sale, writes Steven L Jones.

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Defence must weigh the complicated costs and benefits of acquiring jump jets, not just in terms of strategic value and capabilities, but additional acquisition and sustainment costs, writes Steven L Jones.

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The term 'fifth-generation' is not so useful when trying to analyse how well suited the Joint Strike Fighter is to Australia’s strategic needs, writes Steven Jones.