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Prabowo proposes 'total people's defense' as solution to budget constraints

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana
    Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, November 12, 2019   /  07:11 am
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Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto (center) and deputy minister Wahyu Sakti Trenggono (left) take part in their first hearing with House of Representatives Commission I on Monday.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Newly appointed Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto outlined his vision of "total people's defense" as a way to compensate for the Indonesian Military’s (TNI) limited budget in his first meeting with the House of Representatives on Monday. "We understand that perhaps now, technologically we may not be able to defeat the technological strength of other countries, but our defense is based on the concept of total people's war, which means that every citizen of Indonesia has the right and duty to defend the country," Prabowo said, in a presentation to the House's Commission I, which oversees defense, foreign affairs, information and intelligence. He argued that it has been a traditional defense principle by the people and that the TNI was not the only component of the defense forces. "[If war breaks out] maybe our facilities and equipment wou...