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Defence command and control system

Implementing a modern command and control tool for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).

This communications system will enable the Chief of Defence Force, through Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, to exercise command and control over the NZDF, and will provide commanders with timely situation awareness supported by intelligence.

Government approval

September 2008
Project budget of $NZ22.8 million is approved for purchasing and implementing the US Global Command and Control System (GCCS).

29 October 2013
The Global Command and Control System – Joint (GCCS-J) is approved to be used; the Maritime variant was no longer considered by Defence to be the best variant of the US GCCS for the whole of the NZDF.


The GCCS has been purchased under a Foreign Military Sales agreement.

Current status

The GCCS-J is being customised for implementation onto the NZDF networks in two phases; these are overlapping:

  • phase one - a pilot to a small number of users and includes ship trials
  • phase two - rollout across the NZDF, with permanent ship fit-outs.

Both phases are due for completion by December 2017.

Command and control exercise

Read more about how the NZDF has taken part in a command and control exercise (external link) .

View the latest NZDF media releases (external link) .


Contact: Neil Hygate, Programme Director Air
Email: industry@defence.govt.nz