20b defence plan for new planes The Government for the first time has confirmed New Zealand is capable of launching its own cyber attacks as a deterrentto cyber terrorism.
It's unveiled a $20 billion investment plan in defence force capability, whichwill see the military establish a new cyber support capability, bolster intelligence units and digitise the army ray ban wayfarer price on the battlefield, giving it network enabled navigation and communications systems. It's the centrepiece of a military modernisation programme, which will also strengthenNew Zealand's interests in Antarctica, against the backdrop of a AUD $2.2 billion investment by the Australian Government in ray ban shades for sale its own Antarctic programme. READ MORE: Defence Force could spend $600m on two new planes Did cyclone Pam make a case for C17s? More troops needed but cash is short US satellite partnership for defence force The Government released the Defence White Paperon Wednesday a prescription ray ban sunglasses 100 page document laying out the strategy and direction out to 2030. New Zealand's defence spend was about one per cent of GDP, lower than most of its defence partners, including Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. CYBER TERRORISM: A NEW THREAT At a press conference launching the Defence White Paper, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee confirmed the ability to launch cyber attacks on other targets was part of an overall strategy to "deter". He also confirmed New Zealand had some capabilities in cyber warfare already, but there had been no recent attempts on military systems by foreign hackers. "As we move forward, cyber is now a significant weapon," he said. It was a "much wider concept than to say it's to protect or it's to attack". "We need to know what other people are up to, particularly in a military sense. "You'd expect in a circumstance where you knew that someone was trying to attack you're communications system or your operational system, or whatever it might be, that you would be able to deter that." New Zealand has reached a "tipping point" in cyber warfare, ray ban sunglasses styles says Brownlee. The increased threat of cyber attacks and cyber security issues was the "major point of difference" from the white paper released in 2010. "It's not unreasonable to assume the greater capabilities will be required in coming years, to meet an increase in this type of threat. "You only have to look how the likes of [ISIS] use the online tools to their sinister advantage, from which New Zealand is not immune," Brownlee said. In the white paper itself, the defence force described technology advances as both an asset and a liability. "Advances in technology continue to enhance the ease with which knowledge is able to be transferred. This is a positive development, and has a number of advantages in the military context. "However, increasing reliance on technology and information networks is creating new vulnerabilities. The threat to systems that rely on networked technologies such as the internet, industrial control systems and global positioning satellites has increased markedly since 2010. "New Zealand therefore has an interest in contributing to international cyberspace and space efforts to protect this infrastructure from being exploited or disrupted," it said.
Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Tim Keating said a resilient defence force was New Zealand's "insurance policy" at times of increasing international instability. Secretary of Defence Helene Quilter said the white paper "forecasts a geopolitical environment" that was "increasingly interconnected, unstable and uncertain". Brownlee could not yet provide specifics on what New Zealand's new cyber support capability would look like.
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