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Defence news and features

GA-ASI Celebrates 25 Years

Line of Defence, Winter 2017

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA‑ASI), the leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, celebrated its 25th year anniversary recently at the Paris Airshow.

US in the spotlight during Minister Mitchell’s first Asia foray

Line of Defence, Winter 2017

A high-profile speech at the Shangri-La defence forum and the striking of a positive rapport with his Indonesian counterpart highlight Mark Mitchell’s first trip to Asia as Defence Minister, writes David Capie, Director of VUW's Centre for Strategic Studies.

Interview: the case for aerostats and persistent surveillance

Line of Defence, Winter 2017

In this exclusive interview, Matt McNiel, Vice President of TCOM, a global ISR solutions provider of Lighter-Than-Air Persistent Surveillance Tethered Aerostat platforms, puts the case forward for aerostatic surveillance in the New Zealand context.

What can NZ’s Defence Estate Regeneration learn from Australia?

Line of Defence, Winter 2017

David Barnes, Client Director Defence & National Security at Aurecon, observes that there are worthwhile defence estate investment lessons to be learnt from across the Tasman. Among other things, early stakeholder engagement is key.

Solving the maintenance skills shortage with augmented reality

Line of Defence, Winter 2017

How can militaries balance equipment availability with a reactive and compliant maintenance strategy and supply chain when skilled engineers are in short supply? IFS' Graham Grose examines the use of augmented reality to deliver the expertise.

Standardisation and industry engagement: Meet the new COMLOG

Line of Defence, Winter 2017

Three months into his new role, Commander Defence Logistics Command (COMLOG) BRIG Rob Krushka addresses an NZDIA Members Meeting to lay out his plans for greater efficiencies within Defence logistics and enhanced industry engagement.

Update - New Zealand Defence Industry Association

Line of Defence, Winter 2017

New NZDIA Chairman Scott Arrell provides an update on the activities of the Association and some insight into its premiere event, the Defence, Industry & National Security Annual Forum, due to take place in Wellington on 10-11 October.

New NZDIA Executive Director: Jennie Vickers

Line of Defence, Winter 2017

NZDIA's new ED sees the Association as providing the safe environment for industry and Defence to learn from each other and to build levels of trust, and that early engagement is a critical part of that trust building and supplier-customer experience. 

SurfZoneView goes operational in Kaikoura

Line of Defence, Autumn 2017

Taranaki-based oceanography company MetOcean Solutions' award-winning SurfZoneView solution was thrust into an operational role last November to aid naval beach landings as part of the evacuation of people from quake-hit Kaikoura.

Storing sensitive data securely with Synology

Line of Defence, Autumn 2017

Synology’s innovative products provide enterprise, government and military clients with secure storage, offsite replication and near-immediate data recovery, its FlashStation securing Best Choice Award at Computex 2016 in Taipei.

REVIEW: Project management lessons from the extreme cold

Line of Defence, Autumn 2017 

Carlton Ruffell reviews the book Project Management, Denial and the Death Zone, Lessons from Everest and Antarctica by Grant Avery, and finds important project management lessons wrapped up in a series of compelling boys-own adventures.

Shaping New Zealand’s airlift force for the next 40 years

Line of Defence, Autumn 2017

Dr Robert C. Owen, Professor of Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, offers his thoughts on the airlift options available to the RNZAF. He argues that the Air Force has basically two broad options for modernising its fleet.

Airbus A400M: Far side of the world

Line of Defence, Autumn 2017

It’s big, it’s quiet, and it stops on a dime. A Royal Air Force Airbus A400M Atlas is in New Zealand, flown from its home in Oxfordshire to the far side of the world in a long-haul bid to woo potential customers, including the RNZAF.

The fog of smokeless war: A cyber security capability for NZDF

Line of Defence, Autumn 2017 

The Defence Capability Plan earmarks an investment on new cyber warfare capabilities for the NZDF. With military cyber threats increasing a ‘defensive’ capability makes sense, but with laws of cyber conflict remaining unclear, all is quiet on the ‘offensive’ capability front. 

Reading Between the Lines – Defence Capability Plan 2016

Line of Defence, Autumn 2017

Dr Peter Greener, Senior Fellow at Victoria University Wellington’s Centre for Strategic Studies, looks at what the Defence Capability Plan tells us about ANZAC frigate replacement and airlift.

Groundbreaking OPV a new option for maritime surveillance

Line of Defence, November 2016

Due for delivery in early 2017, Reiner Stemme Utility Air-Systems' radically innovative optionally piloted vehicle is set to change the face of medium-altitude long endurance surveillance.

Defence White Paper a constructive way forward

Line of Defence, November 2016

Former Defence Minister Hon Dr Wayne Mapp places the 2016 Defence White Paper within strategic context, observing that it represents continuity but also recognises a changing environment.

DWP 2016 – What does it mean for future capability?

Line of Defence, November 2016

Dr Peter Greener, Senior Fellow at Victoria University Wellington’s Centre for Strategic Studies breaks the New Zealand 2016 Defence White Paper down into possible capability purchases.

Opportunities for Industry: NZDIA Annual Forum

Line of Defence, November 2016

NZDIA Chair Bernie Diver talks 2016 DWP, positive partnering between Defence and industry, the opportunities to flow from increased Defence funding, and the 2016 NZDIA Forum.

Defending NZ: The Heart of the 2016 White Paper?

Line of Defence, November 2016

Robert Ayson, Professor of Strategic Studies at Victoria University Wellington, argues that the 2016 Defence White Paper provides for a projection of power beyond NZ’s maritime domain. Read more

New ice-strengthened RNZN tanker announced

NEWS: Defsec SitRep, 18 July 2016

HMNZS Endeavour to be replaced with new ice-strengthened tanker. Built by South Korean firm Hyundai Heavy Industries, the new ship is expected to be delivered in 2020 at a cost of $493 million. Read more

What to Expect from the 2016 Defence White Paper

FEATURES: Line of Defence, April 2016

Dr Peter Greener comments that the White Paper's intent is to focus on the more expensive capabilities with govt. remaining committed to maintaining current levels of capability into the future. Read more

New Zealand's Defence White Paper playing catch up

NEWS: Defsec SitRep, 17 June 2016

Line of Defence Magazine editor notes media commentary in relation to the level of spending earmarked in the DWP, arguing that cyber warfare is one area where we're playing 'catch-up'. Read more

A strategic relationship between Defence and Industry

FEATURES: Line of Defence, April 2016

NZDIA Chair Bernie Diver says that significant progress has been made to improve the working relationship between Industry and Defence in both the acquisition and through life support spectrums. Read more

Nightfox Virtual Terrain Image System for RNZAF

FEATURES: Line of Defence, April 2016

Aircraft pilot systems training company AMST was recently awarded a contract to provide the NZDF with a cutting-edge training solution for night operations for its helicopter and transport aircrews. Read more

Optimising NZ Industry involvement in NZ Defence

FEATURES: Line of Defence, April 2016

Debbie Howarth, Director of NZDF Industry Engagement, says future successful partnering between with industry will enable alternative ownership and operating models for provision of Defence capabilities. Read more

SRM and delivering Australia’s Guided Missile Frigates

FEATURES: Line of Defence, April 2016

Managing contractual relationships according to SRM is about putting charters in place, looking at behaviours, building trust, putting the right structures in place, says Jennie Vickers, Chair of IACCM. Read more

Sky wars: Understanding the dark art of drone detection

FEATURES: Line of Defence, April 2016

As military-developed drones have paved the way for the harnessing of drone technology by nefarious actors, this in turn has fuelled the frantic race to operationalise and commercialise drone detection. Read more

Hi-Tech Award recognition for MAS Zengrange

FEATURES: Line of Defence, April 2016

MAS Zengrange has been selected as a finalist in the New Zealand Hi-Tec awards for its Mini-DRFD POP π M4.0 Remote Initiation (RI) capability for explosive events within the maritime environment. Read more

Launch of a new force in New Zealand business media

NEWS: Nov 11, 2015

DEFSEC media announces the launch of its new defence and national security business magazine, Line of Defence, in late February 2016. Read more

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