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Joint defense regional commands, a maritime focus

  • Iis Gindarsah

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Jakarta   /   Sat, October 5, 2019   /  02:55 pm
Joint defense regional commands, a maritime focus The creation of Kogabwilhan signifies at least four major military developments in Indonesia. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

On Oct. 5, the Indonesian Military (TNI) celebrates its 74th anniversary. Ahead of the annual event, the country’s military leadership made a significant decision to establish the so-called Joint Defense Regional Commands (Kogabwilhan). Over the past decade, defense planners have mulled over the establishment of joint regional commands as part of Indonesia’s military transformation. The plan was formalized under Presidential Regulation No. 10/2010. However, it has been constantly postponed due to pending infrastructure readiness such as military bases and equipment. The overdue plan was eventually realized after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo issued Perpres No. 42/2019 on the second amendment of the TNI’s organizational structure. Inaugurated on Sept. 27, the Kogabwilhan play a strategic role as the TNI’s “first responders” in an even...

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