In the scenario, Mainlandiar has held an election with the ousted prime minister refusing to go, supported by a militia. Timaru Herald.
So let me get this clear. The US Army is training the NZ Army how to interfere with the political process within their own country.
But that’s OK cause it will put big dollars into the local economy!
Remember the earlier one up on the North Island? That was about beating down local insurrections. So what are they preparing for?
Arguably the biggest defence force exercise in New Zealand history, one involving overseas allies, will kick off in South Canterbury with the arrival of troop-laden amphibious craft on a local beach in November.
Named Southern Katipo 2013, the three-week exercise will involve the defence forces of the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Tonga and New Zealand.
It will be followed by others in 2015 and 2017 aimed at testing the New Zealand Defence Force’s capability of deploying to a South West Pacific island or nation, aided by other nations, if needed.
The 2000 army, navy and air force personnel will include 500 from overseas, while the US will contribute four of the eight C-130 Hercules aircraft, along with two large military transport C-17 Globemasters.
The airspace over Timaru will reverberate to the sound of 10 helicopters, including three new NH90s.
Although Southern Katipo chief of staff Commander Peter Kempster did not yet have a figure, he said the exercise would put “major dollars” into the local economy.