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Jakarta Post

Defense budget the biggest, mostly for personnel spending

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 24, 2019   /  05:20 am
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A member of the military cycles past a Hercules aircraft at Halim Perdana Kusuma Air Base in Jakarta in this 2018 photo.(Antara/Galih Pradipta)

  The government has again increased the budget for the Defense Ministry, making it the ministry with the biggest budget allocation in the 2020 state budget. The increase, a 16 percent hike compared to this year’s allocation, is aimed at helping the ministry meet the minimum essential force (MEF) target by 2024.
The MEF is a 15-year scheme or medium-term plan, which is designed to support the Indonesian Military (TNI) to immediately replace its obsolete weaponry. Beginning in 2010, the program is divided into three five-year terms of strategic planning (Renstra).
Since 2015, the first year of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo’s first term, the Defense Ministry has received a significant increase in budgetary allocation...