Ideas for 22 May 2011 - Future of The NZ Defence Forces
Last year the government released it's first defence white paper in more than a decade. It's a comprehensive document that outlines the challenges and potential responses in a rapidly changing strategic environment in the Asia-Pacific region. The document is not without critics though, particularly in an era in which down-sizing is the norm. Chris spoke to Professor Hugh White from the Australian National University, former NZ army chief Lou Gardiner, former NZ representative to the UN security council Terence O'Brien, and Victoria University defence specialist Lance Beath.