Tim Keating reappointed Chief of Defence

  • 14/06/2016
Lieutenant General Tim Keating
Lieutenant General Tim Keating

Lieutenant General Tim Keating has been reappointed Chief of the Defence Force until June 2018.

Air Vice Marshall Kevin Short has also been reappointed Vice Chief of the Defence Force, his term pushed out to March 2019.

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee announced the reappointments yesterday.

"The recently released White Paper foreshadows a significant period of modernisation of New Zealand's armed forces, highlighting the need for continuity of effective leadership," he said.

"Stability at the top means the Defence Force can continue delivering current military operations, while putting in place the right foundations to respond to tomorrow's security challenges."

The White Paper unveiled a $20 billion plan for new aircraft, ships and cyber security systems over the next 20 years.