22 March 2017
The concept of battle is changing. The recent announcements by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen during the Committee of Supply debates represent important acknowledgements that the Ministry of Defence’s (Mindef) thinking on cyber issues and information warfare, as well as the Singapore Armed Forces’ (SAF) doctrine, are moving in step with global developments.
Dr Ng’s announcement of the setting up of a new military cyber command, the Defence Cyber Organisation (DCO), is a milestone in the transformation of the Third Generation SAF. And not before time, too, given the increasing proliferation of hybrid approaches to warfare through unconventional attacks, information warfare and cyber campaigns.
… Dr Shashi Jayakumar is head of the Centre of Excellence for National Security, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University. Ho Shu Huang is an associate research fellow at RSIS’ Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies.
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Last updated on 22/03/2017