Thursday, September 4, 2014

Defending New Zealand - Facts and Figures

PwrIndx: 2.5907
Wars of attrition favor those with more.

 Total Population: 4,365,113
 Available Manpower: 2,023,227
 Fit for Service: 1,672,305
 Reaching Military Age Annually: 59,671]
 Active Frontline Personnel: 8,620
 Active Reserve Personnel: 2,400

[New Zealand is included because their population is close to Singapore. However, their situation is different - large dispersed population and land mass, far from any potential belligerent, or neighbours even.]

 Tanks: 0
 Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs): 95
 Self-Propelled Guns (SPGs): 0
 Towed-Artillery: 24
 Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 0

 Total Aircraft: 59
 Fighters/Interceptors: 0
 Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 0
 Transport Aircraft: 36
 Trainer Aircraft: 17
 Helicopters: 29
 Attack Helicopters: 0

 Total Naval Strength: 11
 Aircraft Carriers: 0
 Frigates: 2
 Destroyers: 0
 Corvettes: 0
 Submarines: 0
 Coastal Defense Craft: 6
 Mine Warfare: 0

Despite the advances made in battlefield technology, oil remains the lifeblood of any fighting force.

 Oil Production: 61,200 bbl/day
 Oil Consumption: 150,000 bbl/day]
 Proven Oil Reserves: 81,400,000 bbl/day

War is as much a battle of logistics - moving man and machine from points all over - as it is direct combat. Labor Force reflects possible wartime industry strength.

 Labor Force: 2,381,000
 Merchant Marine Strength: 15]
 Major Ports and Terminals: 6
 Roadway Coverage: 94,160
 Railway Coverage: 4,128
 Serviceable Airports: 123

Regardless of military strength in numbers, war is still driven by financing as much as any one leader or weapon.

 Defense Budget: $1,870,000,000
 External Debt: $85,180,000,000
 Reserves of Foreign Exchange and Gold: $17,580,000,000
 Purchasing Power Parity: $130,900,000,000

 GEOGRAPHY (in km)
Geographical values primarily figure into a defensive-minded war (i.e. invasion).

 Square Land Area: 267,710 km
 Coastline: 15,134 km
 Shared Border: 0 km
 Waterways: 0 km

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