The Challenges Facing the Saf as It Gears Up for Both Conventional Military Defence as Well as Operations Other Than War Essay
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23rd TRI-SERVICE WARFIGHTER COURSE
Question No 2:
Discuss the challenges facing the SAF as it gears up for both conventional military defence as well as operations other than war? Will the SAF eventually have to face up to a trade-off in terms of capabilities and skill-sets between the two options?
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IC No: S8003772 D
"As a responsible member of the international community, Singapore is commited to playing our part in international security operations that protect our interests, and help bring peace and stability to other regions. Today we recognise SAF servicemen who have served in Afghanistan and Timor Leste. Their contributions have helped to enhance the security of Singapore and our own region."
Mr Teo Chee Hean, then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence at the SAF Overseas Medal (OSM) Presentation Ceremony on 30 September 2010
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is no stranger in undertaking Operations Other Than War (OOTW) – type missions since its inaugural Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) mission, Operation Palm. Nine days after East Pakistan (known now as Blangadesh) was struck by a deadly cyclone on 12 Nov 1970, the SAF sent a 47-man team to provide medical supplies and food, as well as administering vaccination for the locals affected by the aftermath of the disaster.
The SAF has since evolved with the times. It first began with the Singapore Army being an Infantry-based force and the Republic of Singapore Air Force as the Singapore Air Defence Command in the 1960's, till the coming into being of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) in 1975. Over the years, the SAF has rapidly grown into a modern and technologically advanced armed forces capable of conducting a full spectrum of