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DEFSEC Media is New Zealand's defence, security and fire B2B/B2G publishing group. Our leading magazines, Line of DefenceNZ Security and Fire NZ are read by key business, government and military decision makers and influencers. This website is the online home of cutting-edge content from each of our titles.



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Welcome to the Summer 2017/18 issue of Line of Defence – our end-of-year / start-of-year edition! In this issue, we feature several high-profile interviews, assess the impact of the recent change of government, profile leading air mobility and air surveillance capabilities, shine an international security spotlight on China, and catch up on recent developments in homeland security.

New Zealand Defence

In this edition, we interview the new Minister of Defence, Ron Mark, and opposition defence spokesperson, Mark Mitchell to gain perspectives from both sides of politics on the defence capability agenda. Professor Rob Ayson of Victoria University Wellington’s Centre for Strategic Studies assesses the current state of play, questioning whether the ‘big three’ platform replacements – Hercules, P-3s and ANZAC frigates – are now on shaky ground.

In a wide-ranging interview, VUW Centre for Strategic Studies’ Dr Peter Greener talks with Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral John Martin, about capability projects and gaps, FSU, maritime security, the Joint Task Force concept, the Navy of 2025, and ‘The Navy After Next’.

Defence Industry

Also in Defence, we take a look at Future Air Mobility contender, the Embraer KC-390; we gain insight into the GA-ASI MQ-9B SeaGuardian as a Future Air Surveillance Capability option, and we highlight the internationalisation of ENL Group’s sonar technology supported by a Callaghan Innovation R&D grant.

With a string of highly successful events and an expanding membership, the NZDIA have increased their tempo over the past year, and that looks set to continue. We profile the new NZDIA board, hear from new Chair Andrew Ford, and cover the ADOD Industry Day, a great example of NZDF, MoD, NZTE, NZDIA, Australian Department of Defence, and industry collaboration.

International Security

Dr Wayne Mapp again headlines the International Security Section with an assessment of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s first two overseas trips as PM. Our interview with Massey University’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies’ Dr Marc Lanteigne explores the strategic implications of China’s rise, and we focus on the issue of China’s alleged role in foreign political influence in New Zealand.

Homeland Security

In Homeland Security, we gain insights on predictive policing and the crime-fighting applications of artificial intelligence from Associate Professor Ryan Ko of Waikato University’s New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science, and Griffith University’s Associate Professor Michael Townsley. We also continue our focus on the ANZCTC Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism.

Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to extend a sincere thank you to our valued partners, contributors and readers for a fantastic 2017! Our next issue – in March – will bring you the latest perspectives on cyber, C4i, personnel, surveillance, biometrics, data analytics and future war, and all the usual capability updates. Enjoy the summer, and our best wishes for a great start to 2018!

NZ's defence and national security business magazine

DEFSEC Media launched its latest magazine title, Line of Defence, in late April 2016. The magazine breaks new ground as New Zealand’s only business magazine for the defence and national security sectors.

“It’s our objective that the magazine become the New Zealand defence industry’s voice – and a force multiplier in the projection of that voice to national and international audiences,” stated managing editor Nick Dynon.

“The threats faced in today’s national security setting – and the solutions required to address them – require complex policy and operational responses that transcend the traditional military domain,” he commented. “Accordingly, Line of Defence reflects an understanding that contemporary national security requires the deployment of solutions across the broad national security 'ecosystem', including defence, diplomacy, intelligence, border and aviation security, biosecurity, cyber security, counter terrorism, emergency management and critical national infrastructure protection.”

This ecosystem is reflected in the structure and content of the new magazine, with dedicated sections for Defence, International Security, Border Security and Homeland Security.

Line of Defence also brings together the insights and views of business, military, government and academia within the one publication. “The magazine is a clearing house of ideas from a revolving door of respected thinkers, rather than merely a mouthpiece for limited interests,” said Mr Dynon.

According to publisher Craig Flint, the launch of the new title in April 2016 was timely. “After two decades of providing the security industry with a vehicle to promote safety and standards to New Zealand and with the production of Fire NZ", he stated, “there was still a gap that needed to be filled, and that was defence.”

The Line of Defence editorial team include seasoned practitioners, scholars and commentators of defence and strategic affairs, national security, diplomacy and international relations. It is this expertise that provides New Zealand businesses in the defence and national security sectors with a powerful New Zealand media voice and a trusted platform for national and international promotion.

Line of Defence is available in print by subscription and online to everyone.

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