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Terry Johanson


School of People, Environment and Planning

Terry Johanson MMAS, MA

Lecturer Centre for Defence and Security Studies


Terry Johanson is a Lecturer at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, College of Humanities, and Social Sciences, on Massey University’s Manawatu Campus. Terry has extensive experience in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in military command, military operations and defence planning. He currently teaches Defence Studies courses in Global Defence Challenges, Irregular Warfare and Legacies of War. Between 2011 and 2018, Terry educated military professionals at the Command and Staff College programmes of the Canadian Armed Forces, Royal Brunei Armed Forces and New Zealand Defence Force.

Prior to joining Massey University, Terry served 17 years as an Artillery Officer in the New Zealand Army during which he conducted operational tours to East Timor and Afghanistan as well as overseas training in Europe, South East Asia and North America. He is also a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and UK Royal School of Artillery.

Terry has published academic articles and presented conference papers on New Zealand’s National Security System and niche military capability in small states. His research interests are national security, future defence challenges, and the impact of violence on post-conflict societies. Terry is currently a PhD candidate researching the evolving role of military forces in the contemporary security environment.

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Contact details

  • Ph: 9517515
    Location: 605, Social Science Tower
    Campus: Manawatu

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Defence Studies, Military Operations, Irregular Warfare, National Security


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Defence Studies (160604): Political Science (160600): Studies In Human Society (160000)


Security studies


National security

Media and Links


  • 24 Aug 2020 - Online
    Military not long-term fix for border problems
    Increasing military presence at managed isolation and quarantine facilities might help boost public confidence, but it's not a long-term solution
  • 22 Sep 2020 - Online
    Defence Force personnel involved in assaults - OIA
    A lecturer in defence and security studies at Massey University, Terry Johanson, said soldiers were being asked to prepare for conflict and then also conduct themselves like ordinary people.
  • 17 May 2019 - Online
    ‘She’ll be right’ attitude to Rocket Lab putting
    The government has deliberately limited public understanding of Rocket Lab’s US military connections in order to support American security interests, documents show.
  • 15 Mar 2017 - Video
    Big Issues in Security – Ethical Dilemmas in the
    As part of a Centre for Defence and Security Studies video series on Big Issues in Security, I discuss my experiences of serving in conflict zone and the ethical dilemmas faced by actors involved in
  • 12 Mar 2021 - Online
    Terry Johanson on the Colonial Culture of the NZDF
    Ayana talked to Terry Johanson, Massey University Lecurer from the Centre of Defence and Security Studies, about the dichotomy between the NZDF more colonial day to day life and modern Aotearoa. They
  • 10 Nov 2019 - Online
    Another rocket lands in Camp Taji, home to NZ
    Massey University lecturer of defence studies Terry Johanson, a former Major, says the best analogy for ISIS is pneumonia, and Iraq a compromised immune system.
  • 09 Jun 2019 - Online
    Christchurch Attacks: What security agencies are
    According to research by former army officers Chris Rothery and Terry Johanson, both now academics at Massey University, New Zealand's entire national security system is "reactionary", and does not fo
  • 09 Jun 2019 - Online
    Intelligence agencies white supremacist blind spot
    Massey University security studies lecturer and ex-Army Major, Terry Johanson, faults the entire national security system for not having an overarching strategy and a convoluted framework.
  • 01 Apr 2019 - Online
    Critics say NZ military has wasted millions
    Massey University Centre for Defence and Security Studies lecturer Terry Johanson says it's time for the government to reconsider whether New Zealand still needs the capability to drop these bombs.