Structure and governance


We are organised into four research groups and a small operations support team, each led by a Group Director.

The Group Directors  report to the Director of DTA, who in turn reports to the Vice Chief of Defence Force, Air Vice-Marshal Tony Davies.

The Defence Technology Advisory Board oversees all of NZDFs research, science and technology (RS&T) activities and has overall responsibility for the RS&T strategy. Co-chairs for the Board are Vice Chief of NZDF, Air Vice-Marshal Tony Davies and Chief Defence Technologist, Dr Peter Lee.

Our work programme is determined by the Defence Science Working Group. They assess and prioritise NZDF work requests in line with the RS&T strategy and annual plan. This working group is chaired by DTA’s Director and includes members from a variety of branches of the NZDF.