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Welcome to the Autumn 2018 issue of Line of Defence!

New Zealand Defence

In this edition, we are again joined by Minister of Defence, Ron Mark, and opposition defence spokesperson, Mark Mitchell to gain perspectives from both sides of politics on defence procurement and other key issues. We receive an update from NZDF on the Protected Mobility Capability Project, NZDIA's takeaways from the ADM Congress, and we survey the analysis on Australia's Defence Export Strategy.

In his popular services chiefs interview series, VUW Centre for Strategic Studies' Dr Peter Greener talks with Chief of Army, Major General Peter Kelly, about personnel, deployment and capability challenges faced by Army out to 2035. With cyber recruitment a looming issue - not least for Defence - Massey University's Nick Nelson explores the human factors in cybersecurity talent management.

Also in Defence, we interview CEO of Embraer Defense & Security Jackson Schneider on the KC-390; we talk with Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck, and we profile Leonardo's C-27J Spartan. We're also joined by Massey University Visiting Scholars Dr. Egemen Bezci and Dr Colin Robinson, who respectively provide insights into the NZDFs climate change challenge and the development of the Joint Services Support Component.

International Security

April sees the staging of the Massey University Centre for Defence and Security Studies' (CDSS) 2nd biennial conference - bringing together around 150 top government officials, academics and private sector representatives from the security sector. We will be there to cover it, and in this issue, CDSS director Professor Rouben Azizian provides us with some background. The conference is a critically important forum for meaningful discussions on the security of New Zealand, and we wish hosts, speakers, facilitators and delegates a most productive two days.

Dr Wayne Mapp again headlines the International Security Section, asking "does New Zealand have to choose between China and the United States?" In seeking answers to this question of our times, he is joined by the University of Waikato's Dr Reuben Steff. With Wellington having pressed the 'reset' button on relations with our neighbours in the Pacific amid concerns over China's rising influence, Dr Tadashi Iwama considers the case for closer NZ-Japan cooperation in the Pacific.

Homeland Security

In Homeland Security, we gain insights into the CIVSEC 2018 civil security congress and exposition to be hosted in Melbourne, and we explore the now widely acknowledged threat posed by 'fixated persons' and how law enforcement in various jurisdictions are responding to it. And in Border Security, we profile the harnessing of virtual reality by NZ Customs to improve the customer experience at the border, and we welcome the Hawk V patrol vessel.

Although the year is well underway, I'd like to take this opportunity to extend best wishes to our valued partners, contributors and readers for a fantastic 2018! Our next issue - in June - will bring you a wrap-up from CIVSEC 2018, a focus on simulation, safe cities and ongoing procurement projects, and a look ahead to Land Forces 2018!

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