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We are the Government’s lead civilian advisor on defence. We also purchase major equipment which becomes a capability when it is used by service men and women of the New Zealand Defence Force.
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Featured & recent publications
Defence Policy Review: Future Force Design Principles 2023
The Future Force Design Principles (FFDP) identifies the requirements of the future Defence Force to respond to the strategic environment and approach set out in the Defence Policy and Strategy Statement 2023.Read more
The latest from The Ministry
New Zealand's first C-130J emerges from paint shop
The project to replace the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s Hercules fleet has marked a significant milestone, with the first C-130J Hercules aircraft completing its paint job.
Frigate Systems Upgrade project completes operational testing
The new Sea Ceptor Local Area Air Defence System on HMNZS Te Mana has been successfully tested off the coast of Australia. This is the final test for the capability release of the Anzac Frigate Systems Upgrade project.