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Revitalization of defense
system discussed at TNI
meeting

This year’s Indonesian Military executive meeting (Rapim TNI), which takes place from Jan. 28 to 30, will embark on a new push to revitalize the country’s primary weapons defense system (alutsista).

TNI spokesman Col. Minulyo Suprapto said on Tuesday that while last year’s Rapim confirmed the urgent need to replace the country's outdated weapon systems, Indonesia had not yet fully revitalized its primary weapons defense system.

Military deployment focusing only on Java Island and a lack of funding that impeded the military's efforts to acquire a minimum essential force were recognized as other major issues affecting the country’s military, he said as quoted by Antara news agency.

Minulyo said the three-day executive meeting aimed to evaluate the capacity and strength of leadership among Indonesia's military leaders.

“The meeting is also aimed at offering TNI leaders knowledge about the conditions and requirements they have to meet in conducting military services in 2013,” he said.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono gave directions to the meeting's participants, who included TNI and police leaders, governors, mayors and regents on the first day of the meeting, which took place at the Balai Sidang Jakarta on Monday.

On Tuesday, TNI commander Adm.Agus Suhartono officially opened the second day of the meeting at the Gatot Subroto Auditorium at TNI headquarters in Cilangkap, East Jakarta. (ebf)

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