DSO LABS SUPPORT SINGAPORE RESPONSE TO EBOLA
DSO National Laboratories are ready to contribute their expertise as the national testing facility for the Ebola virus.
Defence Policy & DiplomacySingapore's defence policy is fundamentally based on the twin pillars of deterrence and diplomacy.
Defence SpendingInvesting wisely and prudently to build up a strong and capable defence force.
Strengthen NSStrengthening NS as the critical institution for Singapore’s continued survival and success.
Total DefenceTotal Defence involves every Singaporean playing a part to build a strong, secure and cohesive nation.
3rd Generation SAFThe 3rd Generation SAF is a strong and integrated force that operates across a full spectrum of operations.
OVERSEAS OPERATIONSThe SAF contributes towards multinational humanitarian & security support operations.
Defence ProcurementMaintaining a robust and comprehensive procurement process to adhere to the most rigorous standards.
System of AuditsEnsuring a robust system of internal & external audits for accountability and transparency.
Anti-Corruption PolicyMINDEF and SAF adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards bribery and corruption.
15 Dec 2014, 1425 hours (GMT +8)
The Singapore Artillery The red background signifies firepower, while gold and blue represent loyalty and royalty respectively. Motto On 22 Feb 1888, the Singapore Artillery was formed. It lays claim to being the oldest formation in the SAF, hence its motto In Oriente Primus, which means First in the East. Did you know? The pair of crossed cannons, a common representation of Artillery units worldwide, was incorporated into the design of the logo by General Artillery Headquarters in 1967.
12 Dec 2014, 1730 hours (GMT +8)
Servicemen and women in the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) community can now look forward to a more comprehensive and structured career development. Under iLEAD - a new people development and engagement framework that was launched by Chief C4I Brigadier-General (BG) Mervyn Tan on 11 Dec - the C4I community will introduce a slew of human resource initiatives to hone the leadership and professional development of its staff. The acronym iLEAD stands for Image and identity, Leading and learning, Engaging hearts and minds, Achieving mission success, and Developing professionals. The C4I, which brings together C4 and intelligence elements across the three Services and Joint, will come up with new leadership courses for its junior Military Experts (MEs), and Defence Executive Officers (DXOs). In addition, all servicemen will be given protected time to pursue a personal or leadership development course annually. New senior MEs in C4I will be better prepared for the demands of joint intelligence work with the implementation of a mentorship programme. The C4I community is also developing an individualised Route of Advancement (iROA) for each serviceman to better chart his or her own career development and training needs. This will be rolled out in early 2015. Guiding C4I community's growth The new iLEAD framework will set the strategic direction for enhancing the C4I community's identity, learning culture, engagement process, leadership development, and professional competency. At its launch, BG Tan noted the importance of iLEAD to develop committed and professional C4I warriors who can meet the challenges of the future battlefield to deliver mission success for the SAF. To come up with the framework, a series of focus groups and online surveys had been conducted to gather feedback. For instance, junior MEs and DXOs highlighted that they wanted more leadership training. In an interview with cyberpioneer, Colonel (COL) Ng Chad-Son, who headed the iLEAD project, noted that most of the training for personnel holding the rank of ME1 and ME2 had been focused on honing their professional expertise. But because they will need to lead teams early in their careers, they need some (more) leadership development, explained the Head of Joint Intelligence Plans. More senior positions had also been created for DXOs within C4I, hence the need to equip these non-uniformed staff with the right skills, he added. At the iLEAD launch, BG Tan also launched a book titled Our People Our Stories. A collection of 100 stories on servicemen and women who displayed exemplary leadership and professionalism, the 145-page tome aims to inspire all C4I personnel to take pride in their community and to excel. For instance, there is the story about a Full-time National Serviceman who was born deaf but chose to serve National Service despite being exempted, and a Military Expert who cancelled his marriage leave to take part in a critical mission. If all of us play our part in our leadership responsibility, we can make a difference, said BG Tan.
12 Dec 2014, 1000 hours (GMT +8)
Minister for Manpower, Brigadier-General (BG) (NS) Tan Chuan Jin fulfils a promise to his men in 662nd Battalion, Singapore Guards (662 GDS) and joins them for their final In-Camp Training (ICT). Recently in October, I joined 662 Guards for their last ICT. I was there when it all began. Most of the men enlisted in December 2000 and were part of the 10th Mono-Intake, 3 GDS. I remember the day they came into Bedok Camp - they were from all walks of life, only to become one when we shaved their heads to a severe, but stylish, crew cut. Back at the start... We took our responsibilities seriously. The mission statement we came up with for ourselves was To build a cohesive and operationally ready elite warrior battalion with the will to fight and win in the event of war. We volunteered for every conceivable live-firing opportunity there was. We experimented and did more urban fighting training than the syllabus required. We were one of the first units to carry out homeland security duties in the aftermath of 9/11, working out new drills and Standard Operating Procedures. We believed in the dictum train as we fight, fight as we train. We also spent much time engaging and building up the camaraderie among our Guardsmen because we knew that that would be the spirit that would hold the unit together when it came to the crunch. The unit ORD-ed (Operationally Ready Date) at the end of 2002 and became 662 GDS as an Operationally-Ready NS Battalion. Some soldiers also joined them from other units. Friends reunited Over the years, I visited them during their various ICTs. I have literally seen them grow from boys to men. Some have become quite prosperous! Friendships have been forged in ways only NSmen (Operationally Ready National Servicemen) can understand. Many remember the silly pranks they played, or the tekan (punishment) sessions they received when mistakes were made. Many now remember fondly the arduous, soul-sapping training in humid jungles overseas, or the wonderful cool nights in Shoal water Bay, Australia, gazing at shooting stars and the Southern Cross before commencing a dawn attack on some steep hill in the bush. Many have attended one another's weddings and baby showers. And there have been a few funerals as well. I caught up with a number of them during the few days of their ICT, during the route march, rappelling, shooting and at their last parade. They are a veritable cross-section of our society. We have teachers, engineers, cooks, security personnel, etc. Many have their own homes and families. Some continue searching for their life partners. What was quite clear, however, was that regardless of race, language or religion…they were a band of brothers. A close-knit family Over the years, they have been weaving bonds that bind. Possibly for a lifetime. And perhaps these would be the very bonds that would be the foundation upon which our nation will continue to be built. I started this journey with many of them 14 years ago. And towards their journey's end, I wanted to march their last steps by their side. Ultimately, our nation is really about our families, friends and loved ones. And in many ways, all of us will continue to defend those whom we love in the many years to come. Thank you guys for serving and protecting us all.
11 Dec 2014, 0945 hours (GMT +8)
In the desolate deserts of Afghanistan, a sand-coloured truck carrying a section of soldiers is speeding across the rough and unforgiving terrain. Half a kilometre away, well hidden in their fortified enclave, sits a group of insurgents, their RPG launcher trained on the lone personnel carrier. Upon a command, the RPG is fired and streaks towards its target. A normal vehicle would have been obliterated by this attack. Surprisingly, the RPG detonates but the truck trudges on, relatively unscathed, with the soldiers inside nothing more than a little shaken. Such attacks are a daily threat in deployments in Afghanistan. Since 2009, the British Army has been utilising the Tarian (Welsh for shield) RPG Armour on its vehicles to make sure that surviving situations such as the above-mentioned are the norm rather than the exception. Designed to replace traditional slat or bar armour which forms a metal cage over military vehicles, this innovative new armour is actually a net made of super-tough fabric. Lightweight tactical Developed by AmSafe Bridport in collaboration with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, the patented Tarian system can weigh as little as 5.7 kg/m2, providing weight savings of up to 80 percent compared to traditional bar armour. This also means additional equipment and protection can be added elsewhere on the vehicle. And in replacing heavy bar armour, the Tarian system will improve a vehicle's fuel consumption. With fuel in the battlefield running at a cost of up to $130 a litre, the Tarian system offers savings of US$70,000 ($89,400) per vehicle in a six-month time frame. The system's lightweight nature also allows it to be deployed on vehicles such as the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (commonly known as the Humvee) that cannot take the weight of heavier RPG armour systems. Fitting Tarian onto these light vehicles broadens their operational capabilities by enabling them to operate in more high-risk environments. Strong protection Like bar armour, the Tarian system counters the shaped charge of RPGs. A shaped charge works by detonating at a distance from the surface of the target. The charge, a hollow cone of explosives usually lined with copper, forms a thin pencil of incredibly hot and high-velocity molten metal that penetrates armour plating. When the nose cone of the RPG collides with the Tarian system, it is damaged and deformed, causing the fuse mechanism of the shaped charge to fail. As a result, the charge does not detonate at the optimum distance from its target. The Tarian system is able to withstand two to three incoming RPGs per square metre of armour. It achieves this by utilising a patented knotless construction to form a net structure with interwoven cords. The base material of this net is a gel-spun, multi-filament fibre produced from Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene. A flexible mounting system The Tarian Flexible Mounting System consists of a series of metallic components used to attach the Tarian armour nets to the vehicle. Unlike other rigid mounting frames which have to be removed before the vehicle is loaded onto an aircraft or ship, the Tarian swing arm brackets can snap flat against the vehicle, allowing the entire system to be folded flat within minutes. The armour nets are thus conveniently stowed against the side of the vehicle for transportation and storage. Band-aid for bar armour AmSafe has even produced a spin-off product. Using the same technology as the Tarian RPG Armour, the Tarian Quickshield was designed to serve as a temporary solution for damaged bar armour. The Quickshield comes packaged in a vacuum-packed kit, allowing it to be stowed in any vehicle and be rapidly deployed when the need arises. Crew in vehicles with damaged armour can thus continue on their mission with no loss of protection.
08 Dec 2014, 0145 hours (GMT +8)
The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) PRoductivity and Innovation in Daily Efforts (PRIDE) Day honours individuals, groups and units that have embodied the movement's spirit of organisational excellence, innovation and productivity in the workplace. This year, more than 170 teams and individuals were recognised across MINDEF and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).
05 Dec 2014, 1720 hours (GMT +8)
The DSO National Laboratories are well equipped to handle the Ebola virus, if it ever reaches Singapore's shores. Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen said this after his visit to a DSO National Laboratories facility located in Kent Ridge, on 5 Dec. Designated as the national testing facility for Ebola by the Ministry of Health since 1 Aug, the facility is rated at Bio Safety Level (BSL) 3. The highest level of bio-containment measures are designated BSL-4. Speaking to the media after his visit, Dr Ng said: I wanted to get a better sense of our capabilities and, of course, the people (behind this). We have professional, well-trained people. During the visit, Dr Ng saw a demonstration of the processes used to screen blood samples from persons suspected to be infected with the Ebola virus. If ever the Ebola virus or an infected patient does come here, I think (DSO National Laboratories) are prepared. It was a very reassuring visit, said Dr Ng. The laboratory has tested two suspected Ebola virus samples, which eventually turned out negative. Said defence researcher, Ms Ting Peijun, who is part of the core team running the Ebola tests: Everything we do here is safe - as long as we follow the established protocols - and there is very little risk of being exposed to the pathogens. She was also part of the team that worked on developing a diagnostic control for hospital laboratories during the H7N9 outbreak. Director of DSO's Biological Defence (BD) programme, Dr Tan Boon Huan, said: DSO is prepared to deploy our expertise to assist Singapore in times of national crises. This is not the first time that DSO is providing its expertise. Since 2003, the BD programme's researchers have been called in to respond to outbreaks such as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS, as well as H1N1 and H7N9.