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Kiwi Defence White Paper launched

2 November 2010 12:20

Justin Jones is Navy Fellow at the Lowy Institute and is the maritime adviser to the MacArthur Foundation Lowy Institute Asia Security Project.

New Zealand's first Defence White Paper in 13 years was launched this morning by Prime Minister John Key and Minister for Defence Wayne Mapp. At first glance, there is little of surprise in the paper in strategic outlook, NZDF tasks and military capabilities sought.

The White Paper proposes that the combat effectiveness, protection, sustainability, and mobility of land forces be improved, allowing the NZDF to deploy more troops on overseas operations, and for longer. It also proposes that naval combat capabilities (two ANZAC ships) be upgraded. In the medium term, the White Paper commits to replacing major capabilities such as air transport, maritime air surveillance, and naval combat, currently provided by the C-130, P-3 aircraft and the two ANZAC frigates respectively. The date for these replacements is not foreshadowed.

Mention is made of the recent US review of defence bilateral relations between the two countries, and of the steady increase in contact and cooperation between New Zealand and the US. The latter is an understatement, although the NZ Government may have wanted it that way.

Photo courtesy of the NZDF.