It was not surprising that the recent New Zealand Defence Policy Review found that the nation’s military is ‘not in a fit state’ to meet contemporary challenges. What is surprising is that it has taken the Kiwis so long to acknowledge their shortcomings and propose a revised direction. Although written in reassuring language, like the recent Australian review, the document finally concedes that current defence capabilities are inadequate to meet the challenges in the region.
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