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  • US, Singapore to Launch New Military Exercise in Guam

    thediplomat.com 21 Apr '17, 6pm

    Singapore and the United States will hold a new bilateral naval exercise in Guam in August, a top U.S. navy official said last week. Don Gabrielson, Commander of the Logistics Group Western Pacific – the Seventh Fleet’s principal logistics agent and bilateral exercise coordinator for ...

  • US-Singapore Defense Relations in the Spotlight With Ng Visit

    US-Singapore Defense Relations in the Spotlight With Ng Visit

    thediplomat.com 10 Apr '17, 7pm

    Last week, Singapore’s defense minister Ng Eng Hen was in Washington, D.C. for a four-day working visit. Ng’s trip provided an opportunity for both governments to discuss the state of an important bilateral relationship as Donald Trump’s administration takes shape and for the minister...

  • Singapore, Germany Conclude Live-Firing Military Exercise

    Singapore, Germany Conclude Live-Firing Military Exercise

    thediplomat.com 11 Apr '17, 4pm

    The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) concluded a bilateral live-firing exercise with the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) last week as part of an annual bilateral military exercise and a demonstration of the growing defense ties between the two countries. Defense relations between Germany...

  • Why the US Approach to Singapore’s Amos Yee Matters https://t.co/OplwNF0g1v

    Why the US Approach to Singapore’s Amos Yee Matters |

    thediplomat.com 05 Apr '17, 7pm

    The inherent problem of defending free speech is that one cannot pick and choose whose speech to defend. It would be so much simpler if every free speech agitator was intelligible and coherent and dignified. But this is seldom the case. And, to be sure, Amos Yee doesn’t fit that descr...

  • Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore Bloomed in the Shadow of the Cold War @Diplomat_APAC https://t.co/z6x9sPgWEn

    Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore Bloomed in the Shadow of the Cold War |

    thediplomat.com 28 Mar '17, 7pm

    Vigorous debate over the legacy of Singapore’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, has continued since his death on March 23, 2015. Many credit Lee’s 31-years at the helm of the country (1959-1990) for vaulting Singapore from a “slum-ridden trading post” to a global metropolis . Other...

  • Singapore Reveals Cyber Attack on Defense Ministry

    thediplomat.com 03 Mar '17, 6pm

    On February 28, Singapore’s defense ministry (MINDEF) disclosed that a breach in an Internet-connected system earlier this month had resulted in the personal data of 850 national servicemen and employees being stolen. Though the impact of the breach was quite limited, it nonetheless h...

  • Indonesia's New Air Force Chief Visits Singapore - The Diplomat

    Indonesia’s New Air Force Chief Visits Singapore |

    thediplomat.com 10 Mar '17, 12pm

    In mid-January, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo swore in Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto as the country’s new Air Force chief. As I indicated then, Tjahjanto’s selection had led to speculation not just about his current role, but his ascension to the position of military chief in...

  • ASEAN in the Spotlight in Philippine Defense Chief's First Singapore Visit

    ASEAN in the Spotlight in Philippine Defense Chief’s First Singapore Visit |

    thediplomat.com 25 Jan '17, 2pm

    From January 23 to 25, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana paid an introductory visit to Singapore. Though his discussions covered a range of topics, ASEAN and regionalism were a focus given his country’s chairmanship of the association this year, which it will then hand ove...

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