Category : News
Author: Dr Wayne Mapp

Dr Wayne Mapp writes that if New Zealand is to provide its Defence Force with modern platforms capable of interoperability with partners, it will need to maintain defence expenditure at 1.5 percent of GDP over the next decade.

Article: https://defsec.net.nz/2021/12/13/line-of-defence-magazine-summer-2021-22/
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 Does New Zealand spend enough on Defence? Simple answer is, "No, New Zealand does not spend enough on defence."

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Category : News
Author: Dr Simon Ewing-Jarvie

I usually write a piece thanking the New Zealand Defence Force personnel who are deployed overseas and away from their families at Christmas. That sentiment stands but this year I’m going to focus on those deployed on duty at managed isolation and quarantine facilities around the country.

Article: https://unclas.wordpress.com/2021/12/25/a-xmas-shout-out-to-miq-staff/
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Category : Defence
Author: Kim Baker

Defence Force staff serving overseas have a lot on their minds at the best of times.

But for those set to spend Christmas posted in another country thoughts are turning to friends, family and simple pleasures they can't have.

Article: https://www.1news.co.nz/2021/12/19/defence-force-personnel-abroad-missing-kiwi-delicacies/
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Category : Defence
Author: Reuben Steff

Kiwis are told to put together emergency kits for a worst-case scenario – but the New Zealand state’s own stockpile is lacking despite an increasingly uncertain global environment, Dr Reuben Steff writes

Comment: Is Aotearoa New Zealand prepared for an increasingly unstable and unpredictable future?

Article: https://www.newsroom.co.nz/a-wake-up-call-for-aotearoa-as-global-instability-grows
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Category : Defence
Author: Thomas Manch

The Government is growing increasingly concerned about the rising threat of "strategic competition" between powerful countries, according to a raft of new national security priorities.

The 2021 National Security Intelligence Priorities, released by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday morning, will have the Government’s national security and intelligence agencies focusing on growing strategic competition in the Pacific, the threats or actual conflicts within New Zealand’s maritime domain, and threats to “democracy and territory” elsewhere in the world.

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/127296612/governments-new-national-security-priorities-reveals-growing-concerns-about-strategic-competition
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Category : Defence
Author: Robert Ayson

Analysis - Victoria University Professor of Strategic Studies Robert Ayson* breaks down the Pacific trends informing New Zealand's 2021 Defence Assessment.

Speculation was rife earlier this year that Peeni Henare was about to announce his defence policy principles in a stand-alone speech. If that mode of delivery had eventuated, observers would have pounced.

Article: https://www.incline.org.nz/home/wanted-scary-pacific-trends-for-new-zealands-defence-assessment
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Category : News
Author: Logan Church

The New Zealand Government has labelled killer robots "a threat against humanity".

It comes as the issue of using Lethal Autonomous Weapons (LAWs) was debated by the United Nations in Geneva.

Article: https://www.1news.co.nz/2021/12/15/killer-robots-threat-against-humanity-government-says/
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Category : Defence
Author: Ford Hart

OPINION: The Ministry of Defence has laid out a sobering analysis of New Zealand’s national security situation. In its first sentence, the December 8 Defence Assessment declares Aotearoa “faces a substantially more challenging and complex strategic environment than it has for decades.”

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/china-and-nz/300477093/opinion-new-zealand-is-not-a-bystander-when-it-comes-to-strategic-competition
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