Proposed Structure

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Mission Implications

The structure of any organisation typically reflects its mission. If we re-examine the missions we find we have




M1: Pacific Security


Requires being able to access the Pacific in a timely manner

M2: International Peacekeeping


Requires military assets which can be moved internationally and be kept safe

M3: Terrorist Seige


Requires having a specialist team for dealing with heavily armed terrorists

M4: Device Disposal


Requires a specialist team for device removal

B1: Biohazard


Involves moving personnel and stores in biohazard zones and spraying

F1: Fisheries Surveillance


Involves maintaining a watch over our EEZ in all weathers and all times

F2: Fisheries Intervention


Involves being able to respond to incursions quickly and effectively

C1: Civil Emergency


Requires assets for assisting with security and logistics after severe damage

C2: Pacific Emergency


As above but at a distance

C3: Medical Team


Requires a highly mobile well equipped unit

R1: Antarctic Research Programme


Requires access to Antarctic

R2: Pacific Hydrographical Research


Requires specialist technology

Fundamentally this breaks down to two kinds of operational units: Those that can be re-located anywhere to carry out their operational functions; and those whose operations must begin and end with bases in New Zealand. This fundamentally suggests that instead of operating an army, navy and airforce what is required is two combined arms services. The operations service would be relocatable to any part of the world while the base oriented service would be centred on New Zealand. Essentially this would mean splitting up the airforce and creating two new combined services commands both with aircraft.

Pacific Command would operate all ships and aircraft based in New Zealand. It would largely cover Missions: M1, F1, F2, C2, R1 and R2. 60% of the defence capital equipment budget($2.22 billion)

Operations Command would operate all vehicles and aircraft that they would deploy with them in support. It would cover Missions: M2, M3, M4, B1, C1,and C2 or 35% of the defence capital equipment budget.(1.29 billion)
Mission C3 would be split between them.

In addition the Force would include an entirely civilian unit: the Emergency Brigade. This volunteer unit would be trained and equipped for disaster and biohazard response. This force is only loosely attached to the Defence Force in that it would be funded by EQC but would receive most of its training from the defence force.

In addition the above missions require departments to cover:

  • ¬†Intelligence gathering;
  • training and recruitment;
  • Planning, logistics and administration.

It is important to remember that these departments would also cover the all hazards philosophy. Thus the Intelligence department would have resource devoted to Pacific politics, international terrorism, biohazards and pandemics, fisheries, and geological and meteorlogical hazards. This could be seconded from other Government agencies in the form of inter-agency committees.

The Six Arms

The Six Arms of the Redefined Defence Force are:

  1. The National Hazard Assessment Bureau

  2. Pacific Command

  3. Operations Command

  4. Training Command

  5. Headquarters: Development Planning and Logistics.

  6. The Emergency Brigade