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Jakarta Post

Prospects and challenges in asymmetrical warfare strategies in Indonesia

  • Coky Ringgo Bonavena and Agus HS Reksoprodjo

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 15 2012   /  11:59 am

In 2012, Indonesia’s Defense Ministry allocated US$280 million to acquire 44 main battle tanks (MBT) in an effort to minimize gaps in Indonesia’s defense capabilities. The determination to rectify this gap is a breakthrough that needs to be appreciated, particularly in consideration of the vast territorial integrity of Indonesia that needs to be defended and the wide threat spectrum.

Nevertheless, the determination to address considerable gaps in military equipment does not always have to be piloted by procuring conventional weaponry that could also ignite regional arms race, especially since budgetary constraints Indonesia suffers from impacts the imperceptibly of procurement. Defense procurements in one military fi eld will create trade-offs for other military fields.

The notion of asymmetric warfare is an alternative concept that can be developed and implemented in a...