Jakarta and Singapore intend to involve ASEAN’s external dialogue partners in the regional intelligence initiative dubbed Our Eyes, the former’s top defense chief said on Thursday amid concerns of a lack of surveillance and tracing technology.
Speaking at the annual Indonesia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat in Bali, Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said Jakarta and Singapore had agreed to train intelligence personnel and provide them with greater capabilities in accurate strategic information acquisition.
To this end, Singapore’s armed forces planned to conduct joint counterterrorism training with its Indonesian counterparts within the next two years, he added.
“Apart from that, we also considered the need to strengthen Our Eyes by involving ASEAN partners like the United States, Australia and Japan,” Ryamizard said.
He cited the need for outside help...