Our Key Documents

We are a strategically driven force, with plans in place to ensure we remain the best little Army in the world. Everything we do is part of a bigger plan. You can find out more information about these plans below:

Defence White Paper 2016

The Defence White Paper was released by the Ministry of Defence on 8 June 2016. It sets out the Government's expectations for Defence over the coming decades. The Defence White Paper provides the foundation for New Zealand’s security now and into the future at a time of increasing instability and uncertainty in the international strategic environment.

Find out more about the Defence White Paper

Strategic Defence Policy Statement

New Zealand's formal Defence policy settings are reviewed periodically. The results of these reviews, including Defence White Papers and Strategic Defence Policy Statements, are the highest-level expression of Government's Defence policy settings.

Find out more about the Strategic Defence Policy

NZDF Statement of Intent

The Statement of Intent (SOI) sets out what the NZDF, on behalf of the Government, aims to achieve over the next three to five years. It details the desired outcomes and agreed outputs.

Find out more about the NZDF Statement of Intent

Defence Capability Plan

The Defence Capability Plan outlines the military capabilities the New Zealand Defence Force requires to remain combat ready in a changing world, and ready to respond in New Zealand’s interests, from the Southern Ocean to the Pacific.

Find out more about the Defence Capability Plan

Future Land Operating Concept 2035: Integrated Land Missions

Future Land Operating Concept 2035 (FLOC 35) is an aspirational document, aiming to provide a series of goals and overarching direction for the development of capability and strategy around which the NZ Army can generate and sustain the future land force.

Find out more about the FLOC 2035

Army 2025 Strategy

The Army 2025 Strategy outlines Army’s future pathway, in support to the New Zealand Defence Force vision of an Integrated Defence Force by 2025.

Find out more about the Army 2025 Strategy

Military Doctrine

The development of sound military doctrine is as much to do with challenging received wisdom as it is with codifying established practice.

Find out more about the Military Doctrine


Other publications

NZ Army Journal (4th Edition)

The fourth Edition of the NZ Army Journal is available as an e-copy or hard copy across all military camps and libraries. It consists of a diverse range of papers and opinion pieces.

Find out more about the NZ Army Journal

The Way of the New Zealand Warrior

The Way of the New Zealand Warrior publication defines the ethos and characteristics of our soldiers.

Find out more about the The Way of the New Zealand Warrior

This page was last amended on 01 May 2020