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Defense Ministry needs vision for military procurement

  • Adhi Priamarizki

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Singapore   /   Thu, January 9, 2020   /  10:37 am
Defense Ministry needs vision for military procurement Final countdown: Air-ground officers at the Iswahjudi Air Force Base in Madiun, East Java, check locally made missiles for an F-16 jet fighter prior to an exercise. Indonesia aims to boost the national defense industry to meet its minimum essential force. (JP/Wahyoe Boediwardhana)

Improving defense capability is more than about adding to the number of military platforms, but also about possessing the proficiency to utilize those cutting-edge tools. In addition, the Defense Ministry must play a greater role in guiding Indonesia’s procurements to ensure the efficacy of any additional platforms. The recent skirmish with Chinese vessels around the Natuna Islands indicates the growing need for such a role by the ministry as guarding Indonesia’s vast maritime domain requires cooperation from various services, notably the Navy and the Air Force. A proper procurement vision from the ministry should be the basis for smooth inter-services military platforms interoperability. Furthermore, the Natuna case is a reminder for Indonesia to prioritize the rejuvenation of the Navy and the Air Force, since the two services possess the ability to reach the outer island...

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