Assessing our future strategic environment
For New Zealand to have a Defence Force that meets the challenges of an uncertain future security environment, Defence decision-makers need reliable and thorough advice that enables them to plan well in advance. They need a clear picture of the international strategic environment, an understanding of how this environment will change in the future, and the implications for Defence. Our Policy Branch leads the provision of this advice.
We work closely with the New Zealand Defence Force to develop advice on Defence Force proposals and policies that support long-term delivery and affordability of, for example, Defence estate and workforce issues.
Our leadership role in Defence Assessments and in supporting Government to develop its Defence policy settings mean we are well placed to contribute to a range of policy initiatives led by agencies across the wider national security sector, from maritime security to space policy.