The National Hazard Assessment Bureau is essentially tasked with trying to reduce the risk of surprises to the executive. As such it exists no matter what shape the rest of the force takes. The other four arms, however, are fashioned largely by the capital that is to be employed operationally. This defines the type of training and support those arms will require as well as the size and organisation of the force.
TOTAL PROPOSED STAFFING: 395
The Office maintains a rolling 24/7 threat profile to New Zealand interests which it reports to the Commander in Chief of the Defence Force, The Commissioner of Police, and the Prime Minister daily. Staff: 60FTEs
It is acknowledged that my understanding of this sector is weak but that is largely due to the fact that there is no information in the public domain (because its secret innit?) which explains why agencies like the Security Intelligence Service and Government Communications Security Bureau are as big as they are.
According to the 2006 Annual Report the Security Intelligence Service had 150 staff and a budget of $30 million per year.
According to the 2005 Annual Report The total number of staff employed in the GCSB at 30 June 2005 was 329, an 8.5% increase compared to total staff employed at 30 June 2004. Expenditure was $39 million per annum.
The curious thing about these figures is the $/FTE variation between the SIS and GCSB. SIS staff cost almost twice as much to operate as GCSB staff. This is particularly curious given defence pays a capital charge and GCSB has more capital equipment than SIS. It is therefore not beyond the realms of possibility that GCSB is funded by agencies other than the NZ Government to carry out activities as part of a broader defence agreement. This recommendation is therefore made in ignorance of any such arrangements.