ELEPHANTS have the longest gestation period of all mammals, 18 to 22 months before giving birth.
Actually, making an elephant is a relativity simple process. Two elephants, one male one female, have a eureka moment and, after a bit of preliminary discussion, begin the construction process.
By comparison, defence capital equipment procurement programs generate far more complications while inevitably running over time and budget.
Far from a team of two getting on with it, they require countless public servants and uniformed bureaucrats to write reams of feasibility studies, concept papers, budget projections and ministerial briefings.