Dr Ralph Marrett former Group Director Network Systems, Defence Technology Agency, has been appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to the New Zealand Defence Force
Dr Marrett has held a range of appointments at all levels within the Defence Technology Agency (DTA), beginning in 1968 as a scientist at DTA’s antecedent, the Naval Research Laboratory.
Dr Marrett has played a key role in representing New Zealand in multilateral defence science relationships and served for several years as the New Zealand Principal in the Technical Cooperation programme (TTCP), which involves more than 1,200 scientists across five nations. As Executive Chair of TTCP’s Maritime Division he established award-winning research and development in the area of net-centric warfare studies and experimentation. He has received awards for leadership and his work on Anti-Submarine Warfare, as well as a distinguished service award for his outstanding lifetime contribution to international defence science. During the period 1985 to 2008 when aspects of New Zealand’s defence relationship with the United States were struggling he played a significant role in ensuring defence science managed to continue relatively unimpaired. In particular, when the United States was unwilling to release information that was vital to protection of the Exclusive Economic Zone, he played a central role in gaining access to that information. Dr Marrett’s foresight ensured DTA and NZDF were well placed to take advantage of positive changes in diplomatic and military relationships with the United States.
The New Zealand Order of Merit recognises those who, in any field of endeavour, have rendered meritorious service to the Crown and the nation or who have become distinguished by their eminence, talents, contributions or other merits.