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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Singapore Ramps Up Its Cyber War

    thediplomat.com 08 Mar '17, 1pm

    On February 28, Singapore’s defense ministry (MINDEF) disclosed that it had experienced the first breach of its Internet-connected system, resulting in the theft of personal data of hundreds of employees. Though the impact of the breach was quite limited, it nonetheless highlighted th...

  • 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...

  • Singapore-Hosted Military Exercise a Test for ASEAN's Disaster Response - The Diplomat

    Singapore-Hosted Military Exercise a Test for ASEAN’s Disaster Response |

    thediplomat.com 26 Jan '17, 4pm

    This week, representatives from 18 militaries gathered in Singapore for an exercise designed to strengthen cooperation in the area of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR). Exercise Coordinated Response (Ex COORES) 2017, which was organized by Singapore, the Philippines, ...

  • Malaysia's New Army Chief Makes First Singapore Visit - The Diplomat

    Malaysia’s New Army Chief Makes First Singapore Visit |

    thediplomat.com 10 Feb '17, 7pm

    Malaysia’s new army chief made his introductory visit to neighboring Singapore this week. The Chief of Army of the Malaysian Armed Forces, General Zulkiple Kassim, was appointed last December in a series of key reshuffles in the country’s armed forces. Malaysia’s former army chief Raj...

  • Singapore and Cambodia: A Relationship Built on Sand

    Singapore and Cambodia: A Relationship Built on Sand

    thediplomat.com 10 Jan '17, 8pm

    Singapore has been a major backer of Cambodia and its post-war reconstruction. But much of the relationship has been built on sand. The island-state desperately needs clean, salt free sand for its building industry, and Cambodia has no shortage of the stuff. But in its rush to purchas...

  • Why Is China Playing Hardball With Singapore?

    Why Is China Playing Hardball With Singapore?

    thediplomat.com 09 Dec '16, 4pm

    With the Philippines aligning itself more closely toward China and the election of President-elect Trump and the ensuing uncertainty about a continued U.S. “pivot to Asia,” China seems to have started laying out a new approach in dealing with its Asian neighbors. Recently, it has emba...

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