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Mike Yardely
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Mike Yardely

Ministry of Defence / Manatū Kaupapa Waonga

Deputy secretary, capability delivery

  • Appointed March 2016.
  • Previously chief of air force, RNZAF, with the rank of air vice-marshal, having held many senior roles within the NZ Defence Force, including air component commander joint force NZ, and chief of staff headquarters NZDF.
  • Part of the team that designed and established the NZDF capability branch in 2010.
  • Began his career in 1981 as a navigator with 5 Squadron, and rose to commanding officer.
  • Holds a Master of strategic studies from the Air University, Alabama, a diploma in military studies from Massey University and has studied at the Royal College of Defence Studies and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


New Zealand Defence Force / Te Ope Kātua o Aotearoa
Chief of Air Force
May 2014 - Mar 2016
Ministry of Defence / Manatū Kaupapa Waonga
Deputy Secretary (Capability Delivery)
Mar 2016 - Present

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