The Royal New Zealand Artillery
The environment in which RNZA gunners operate is undergoing significant and rapid change. New operational concepts around the management of the battle space, the whole process of target acquisition and the application of fire, and new equipment such as the Kahu drone and extended range and terminally guided artillery projectiles significantly alter the options available to commanders and the gunner leadership.
As is usual in these situations current doctrine and training within the corps tends to focus on lessons learned from the current conflict, Afghanistan. This may well not be the type of war or operation the RNZA is required to fight in the future.
Additionally, there are clear signs that the new great power rivalry is shifting from a land based Continental activity to a Southeast Asian and South and South West Pacific focus, with significant economic, influencing and power rivalry likely between the United States and China.
Against that background this Journal’s aim is to develop a forum where gunners and others interested in the discussions can present and argue their case for equipment, doctrine, policy and preparedness for what may face the RNZA over the next 20 to 30 years.
Papers for publication are welcome from any source, and the Editors’ intentions are to publish all material presented within the guidelines.
Guidelines for contributors are:
Contributions should be no more than 2000 words.
All contributions may be subject to editorial correction, editing, notation or comment.
Source material must be available in the public domain.
The aim is to present and/or argue a case that is able to develop a discussion thread and further articles on this site.
The editorial panel has final say on publication of contributions, within the principles of freedom of speech and the aim of developing robust discussion.
An essential element of the website is the ability to develop discussion threads for each article.