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The Viability Of Deterrence Strategies By Non-Nuclear States

by MAJ Wee Eng Peow

Deterrence has always been a subject of concern for countries. In the event of a war, the military prowess of a small state might not be able to defend itself against a stronger opponent. The introduction of nuclear weapons could serve to protect a smaller state but the consequences it can bring to the nation and their aggressors are irreversible. This essay argues how Singapore as a non-nuclear state can achieve deterrence through conventional strategies and managing diplomatic relationships while ensuring that our sovereignty is not compromised.


Overcoming The Support Challenges In Network Centric Warfare—An Engineering And Logistical Perspective

by ME5 Koh Boon Yeow

Network Centric Warfare (NCW) affirms the improvements in efficiency in the transmission of intelligence between units during a military operation. The essay discusses the key challenges in the management of a Networked System of Systems (NwSoS), as well as a framework to overcome these challenges. The NwSoS will empower warfighters and commanders with greater communications capabilities, but this would only be successful in translating these aims into reality if engineers maintain and manage the system's capabilities well, and if the organisation sharpens its work processes to develop its overall and human capabilities in the operation of the system. This framework would better position the SAF to develop and sustain capabilities for its transformation journey into a 3rd Generation Armed Force.


The ‘CNN Effect’ and the ‘New Media’ - Its Value and Challenges to Governments and Its Military in United Nations Peace Keeping Operations

by MAJ Edwin Ong Eng Kuan 

With the advancement of technology, information can travel across the world easily. The use of “New Media” creates both positive and negative impacts which could affect the reputation of an organisation and even the peace and security of a nation. An appropriate management of policies and professional conduct of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will allow Singapore to deter harmful repercussions and threats from media impacts and protect SAF mission’s efforts.


The NATO Air Campaign Over Kosovo - A Study of Coercive Diplomacy

by MAJ Ho Wan Huo

This paper will restate the theoretical promises of airpower, provide a background to the crisis in Kosovo and explain that airpower was crucial but not singular in leading to the capitulation of Slobodan Milosevic, then President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. In this paper, the breaking of Milosevic’s will and the moment of his capitulation will be taken as the definition of success. As Operation Allied Force was an application of coercive airpower, this paper will address the efficacy of airpower in such a context of coercive diplomacy and not within the realm of conventional war.

Launch of Chief of Defence Force Essay Competition 2013/2014
Launch of Chief of Defence Force Essay Competition 2013/2014

The Chief of Defence Force Essay Competition (CDFEC) is an annual competition aimed at encouraging SAF Officers to actively research and reflect on professional issues, and to share their knowledge, ideas and views through writing. The CDFEC 2013/2014 is now open. Participants have until 31 Mar 14 to submit their entries to POINTER for consideration. Please follow all competition regulations closely and attach a completed entry form or your entry may be disqualified. Participants are also strongly advised to consult the CDFEC writing checklist for guidelines on how to prepare their essays.

2012/2013 CDF Essay Competition Winners

The Chief of Defence Force (CDF) Essay Competition is an annual competition aimed at encouraging SAF officers to actively research and reflect on professional issues, and to share their knowledge, ideas and views through writing. The competition is organised by POINTER, Journal of the SAF, part of the Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College, SAFTI Military Institute. It is open to all SAF Officers, Military Experts, Warrant Officers, Officer Cadets and DSTA personnel. Three top prizes, seven Merit and ten Commendation awards are presented for the best essays.

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