When he isn’t claiming he served in the SAS, Ron Mark usually has nothing sensible to say.
A makeover of the New Zealand Defence Force should reinstate airstrike capability and include armed drones, says New Zealand First deputy leader Ron Mark.
The latest Defence White Paper is scheduled for March. The Government is reviewing NZDF’s blueprint and how to handle threats and military challenges over the next 25 years.
Mark, who served 20 years in the military, including deployments in Israel, Egypt and Oman, wants a major re-think in policy.
One of the key considerations should be terrorism – domestic and international – and how well-equipped New Zealand is to handle an attack on home soil and defend troops overseas.
Mark says technological advances such as armed drones and more affordable fighter jets offer viable options. Read more »