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The Use of Counter Improvised Explosive Device Information To Achieve Battlefield Effects For Targeting And Information Operations

by LTC Adrian Lee



Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) is usually part of a broader counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency or law enforcement effort. According to the author, counter-insurgency is designed to combine both lethal and non-lethal actions to crumble insurgent networks. He explains the purpose of the campaign design, planning and targeting process of counter-insurgency efforts and the vital roles they play in overcoming challenges and fully utilising opportunities. The author also explains the importance of support from local host nation leaders and the populace and their art in the battle against insurgents in an irregular warfare environment. An in-depth analysis is done, using the ongoing war between Afghan security forces and the Taliban, studying the extensive use of Information Operations by both sides and also the campaign by the Afghan government to influence the Afghan populace to aid in IED neutralisation and effectively combat insurgents.


Full Spectrum Operations - A Viable Strategic Posture For The SAF?

by MAJ Jacques Wei-Ren, Eramus 

In the modern world today, countries would have a defence force to deter opposing threats and to help other countries with operations, such as peacekeeping and humanitarian aid, which enables the country to be fullspectrum capable. In this essay, the author defines what full-spectrum capability is with reference to Singapore, which is inclusive of conventional warfighting skills, participation in Operations Other than War and the security of Singapore’s land. The author also explains the need for the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) to have full-spectrum capability and he points out the challenges that the SAF may face in sustaining a full-spectrum capability posture for the different operations, for example, limited manpower and resources.



Will Strengthening The SAF Mean Strengthening Singapore's Deterrence As A Non-Nuclear State?

by LTC Lee Li Huat




Since Singapore’s independence in 1965, protecting her land and sovereignty have remained crucial priorities of the Singapore government. Due to her inherent lack of natural resources, the Singapore Armed Forces has adopted the strategy of Deterrence and Diplomacy through the five pillars of Total Defence. Yet, in today’s world of increasingly unconventional threats such as terrorism and cyber terrorism, is Singapore’s deterrence capability capable and well-equipped to defend Singapore in times of need? This essay will define and explain what deterrence is, before continuing to debate whether the SAF can defend itself in times of need or, if it needs to strengthen itself further as a 3rd Generation Army. The essay will also highlight other important factors that contribute to Singapore’s deterrence strategy, such as the national willpower to fight and if the SAF is sufficiently communicating such messages to the public. Lastly, an evaluation on how the SAF can be strengthened further will also be suggested.



Transparency: The Stand Between Clear And Opaque

by MAJ Goh Kiam Seng

Living in an age where technology offers unprecedented access to real-time information within the tips of our fingers, the days of secrecy will soon be gone. The increasing transparency and rapidly emerging communications technology have made information superiority now a perishable commodity. Transparency has transformed into a prerequisite for governments to design a system of information disclosure—one that is accountable both to its people and to the international community. However, absolute transparency resulting in excessive openness can also lead to ramifications such as the reduced efficacy of the government to make decisions, especially on unpopular issues that may incur public scrutiny. To manage transparency effectively, nations must examine how information influences politics and affects internal and external stakeholders.



Professional Excellence For The Army Engineer

by ME5 Seah Ser Thong, Calvin

Professional Excellence is the epitome of success for military professionals. This essay explores the attainment of professional excellence by the Army Engineer who ensures that our Army’s equipment is safe, reliable, maintainable and operational. The Army Engineer is the combat force multiplier that optimises the capital investment of weapon systems to enable mission success for our Army. The essay starts by outlining the challenges of the Army Engineer, who wears the hats of a soldier and trainer as well. The essay discusses how the Army Engineer can be moulded in the four tenets of individual excellence, technical and engineering excellence, soldiering excellence and leadership excellence to enable the Army Engineer to contribute as primus inter pares for the 3rd Generation SAF.


Last updated on 14 Jan 2016
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