Release of the Government's Strategic Defence Policy Statement 2018

06/07/2018 Publication

The Minister of Defence has launched the Government's Strategic Defence Policy Statement 2018.

On 6 July 2018, the Minister of Defence launched the Government's Strategic Defence Policy Statement 2018.

The Strategic Defence Policy Statement recognises the full scope of value that Defence provides for New Zealand, across the Community, Nation, and World. The Policy Statement also articulates for the first time a set of principles to describe the Government's expectations for Defence and provide enduring policy guidance, examines developments in the strategic environment, and updates the Defence Force outcomes, principal roles and priorities. These policy settings will inform the forthcoming Defence Capability Plan Review, expected to be complete by the end of 2018.

The Policy Statement and an associated summary are available from the Publications page:

Further information about strategic defence policy and defence assessment work is available from the Assessing our Future Strategic Environment page.