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Keating reappointed Chief of Defence

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/06/2016

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

Air Vice Marshall Kevin Short has been reappointed Vice Chief of the Defence Force to the same date.

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee announced the reappointments on Tuesday.

"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.

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