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The Domestic and External Security Secretariat (DESS) co-ordinates central government action aimed at protecting New Zealand's domestic and external security, including intelligence, counter-terrorism preparedness, emergency and crisis management, and defence operations. This includes advising the Prime Minister on such matters. DESS also acts as the secretariat to the Officials Committee for Domestic and External Security Coordination (ODESC).
- New Zealand Ministry of Justice, The Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of (full-text).