Defence Minister Ron Mark says a visit to Camp Taji has convinced him Kiwi trainers are both valued and wanted by Iraqi forces, but not that he was wrong to oppose their initial deployment.
The head of the NZ Defence Force has signalled plans to cut back on spending and “reprioritise” resources in the coming years, which National fears could be a sign of further cuts to come.
Defence Minister Ron Mark faces some big decisions as he reviews the Defence Force’s strategic plans for the decades to come. Mark spoke to Sam Sachdeva about the debts owed by the Government to veterans and the military’s role in “the war on climate change”.
The Ministry of Defence has faced up to MPs over a $148 million budget blowout in its Anzac frigate upgrade project, saying it takes full responsibility for the cost overruns.
A blow-out in the cost of a major defence project has led to a war of words between the new government and its predecessor, with Defence Minister Ron Mark suggesting Navy crew lives were “compromised” as a result.
The Defence Force has negotiated a lifeline for its leased staff housing in Devonport, but what will it do when it eventually has to hand the accommodation back?
New Zealand is weighing up whether to send more troops to Afghanistan after receiving a request from NATO, Prime Minister Bill English has confirmed.