Author: World Military Database

The EU is looking more toothless than ever before. Meanwhile, the USA has been hit by a worrying crisis which may cripple it for years. The western world is facing major hurdles. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Meet CANZUK. A theoretical union between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Article: https://www.worldmilitarydatabase.com/post/canzuk-an-upcoming-superpower
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Author: Ben McKay

A long-awaited inquiry into the conduct of New Zealand SAS troops in Afghanistan has found Defence Force chiefs and one defence minister deflected and failed to disclose the truth regarding civilian casualties during a 2010 raid on a village.

Article: https://www.wellingtontimes.com.au/story/6858457/defence-misled-public-over-nz-afghan-raid/
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Author: Christina Persico

Councillors have recommended approving a charter which formalizes a relationship between New Plymouth and the new Royal New Zealand Navy vessel, HMNZS Aotearoa.

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/300068129/councillors-recommend-adopting-charter-for-new-navy-vessel
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Author: Brian Hartigan

Two training centres will be opened in Timor-Leste this week as part of commemorations to mark 20 years since the death of New Zealand peacekeeper Private Leonard Manning KIA.

Article: https://www.contactairlandandsea.com/2020/07/21/kias-legacy-to-be-marked-on-20th-anniversary/
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Author: Defense Brief Editorial

All three branches of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) have started trials of new electric utility bikes that will be used for tasks such as reconnaissance and surveillance, airfield security and other transport roles.

Article: https://defbrief.com/2020/07/27/new-zealand-military-testing-electric-mopeds/
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Author: Dan Satherley

An astrophysicist who used to work for the Pentagon's secret UFO division has claimed the US military is in possession of "off-world vehicles not made on this Earth". 

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2020/07/pentagon-has-off-world-vehicles-not-made-on-this-earth-insider-claims.html
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Author: Dr David Dickens

Critics assert that New Zealand has a low capacity to absorb the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA). This paper reviews RMA trendlines and enduring characteristics of New Zealand's strategic interests, constructs a New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) modelled on RMA trendlines, and costs this model. The paper finds that the NZDF can absorb the RMA, and New Zealand can afford to further upgrade its armed forces within current financial baselines. A NZDF modernised along RMA trendlines would be significantly more effective as a fighting force (and in turn in its peacekeeping capacity), in its sovereignty protection roles; and in its ability to carry out ancillary tasks including research and, rescue and disaster relief.

Article: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/strategic-studies/documents/working-papers/wp-14.pdf
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 An older paper (1999) ... I agree with some of what he said, other stuff I am not sure ... and today's world is totally different from when this was written and when it was targeted for.

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Author: George Block

Defence Minister Ron Mark says a massive Australian military build-up will benefit New Zealand.

“What is good for Australia and the defence of Australia is ultimately good for New Zealand,” he told Stuff.

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300048863/defence-minister-ron-mark-says-huge-aussie-military-buildup-will-benefit-nz
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 And this is why people think New Zealand is bludging off Australia... New Zealand must also increase Defence spending.

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