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Defense budget could be casualty of COVID-19

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 6 2020   /  01:00 am

As it is almost certain the COVID-19 outbreak will put a squeeze on Indonesia’s defense spending, the government must confront the two-pronged challenge of rethinking its defense strategy priorities while also shifting its attention to non-traditional security threats. With the COVID-19 outbreak continuing to take a toll on the healthcare system and the economy, the Indonesian government will have to prioritize spending on relief efforts, a move that will put a strain on the defense budget and could affect the achievement of the Minimum Essential Force (MEF) target, defense analyst Curie Maharani of BINUS University told The Jakarta Post. “The reallocation of the budget for COVID-19 [response] could affect the implementation of new [defense] contracts, which in turn could increase the contract backlog. This could result in a delay to the achievement of the MEF target,&r...