Former PNGDF top shots provide input on white paper

National, Normal

The National, Wednesday 17th April 2013

 FOR the first time, all former Defence Force commanders met on Monday in Port Moresby to provide their input to the development of the new PNG Defence White Paper.

The country’s first commander Brig-Gen Ted Diro, along with Brig-Gens generals Ken Noga, Tony Huai, Rochus Lokinap and Major-General Jerry Singorok and Ambassador Peter Ilau, gave their full support in contributing ideas to the new document.

Two former commanders, brigadier generals Gago Mamae and Leo Nuia have died. 

The Last Post was played and a minute’s silence was observed to commemorate the passing of the former commanders.

Chief Secretary to government Manasupe Zurenuoc opened the seminar and said the input of the former commanders was vital because of their expert knowledge of running the Defence Force and their understanding of future challenges.

He said the world had changed and security challenges of the past would not be like today. 

“The complex, non-traditional security challenges of the 21st century are undermining economic and social aspects of our country,” Zurenuoc