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Bernard F. W. Loo is a Senior Fellow with the Military Studies Programme, and concurrently Coordinator of the Master of Science (Strategic Studies) programme. He completed his doctoral studies at the Department of International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 2002. He is the author of Medium Powers and Accidental Wars: A Study in Conventional Strategic Stability (Edwin Mellen, 2005). His edited volume, Military Transformation and Operations (Routledge, 2009), was translated into complex Chinese for the Taiwanese military. His other publications have appeared in the Journal of Strategic Studies, Contemporary Southeast Asia, NIDS Security Reports, and Taiwan Defense Affairs. He is a regular commentator on defence matters, and his commentaries have appeared in The Straits Times (Singapore), The Nation (Thailand), and The New Straits Times (Malaysia). He has been invited to speak at a variety of defence-related institutions and conferences, in the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), China, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines and Taiwan. His research interests encompass defence policy, war studies, strategic theory, conventional military strategies, and the strategic challenges of small and medium powers.
Areas of Expertise
- Defence Policy
- Evolution of Wafare
- Strategic Theory
- Conventional Military Strategies
- Strategic Problems of Small Powers
- Problems and Prospects of Military Transformation
- Honorary Member, Editorial Board, Taiwan Defense Affairs
WP070 | Examining The Defence Industrialization-Economic Growth Relationship: The Case of Singapore
01 July, 2004
21st Century Military Modernisation: Its Challenges
29 March, 2019
CO17196 | Managing a Nuclear North Korea: More Is Not Better
19 October, 2017
CO17063 | Strategy – Not Weapons – Wins Wars
06 April, 2017
CO14184 | To Defeat IS We Must Destroy It?
16 September, 2014
CO14063 | Historical Analogies in Policy-Making: Crimea, World War I and East Asia
04 April, 2014
CO13007 | The (Over?) Promise of Modern Technology
15 January, 2013
CO11067 | Image Matters: Military Effectiveness and SAF
03 May, 2011
CO10179 | Reviewing Military Education in SAF
23 December, 2010
CO10158 | Strategic Instability in Korea
25 November, 2010
CO10149 | Arms Races in Asia?
15 November, 2010
CO10111 | Chinese Military Power: Much Less than Meets the Eye
09 September, 2010
CO09123 | The pitfalls of joint warfare: Conjoined or Separated?
09 December, 2009
CO09110 | The Armed Forces of Southeast Asia in 2020
10 November, 2009
CO09087 | The Terrible Allure of Nuclear Weapons
01 September, 2009
CO09047 | F-15SG: The Last Manned Fighter for the RSAF?
19 May, 2009
CO08135 | Defence Spending and Military Modernisation: Should It Be Recession-Proof?
19 December, 2008
CO08129 | The Responsibility to Protect: Is there a viable strategy?
05 December, 2008
CO08102 | Transforming the Singapore Armed Forces:Matching technological prowess with organizational change
25 September, 2008
CO08065 | Responding to the tragedy of military training-related death
17 June, 2008
CO08030 | Assessing Military Power
07 March, 2008
CO07098 | 21st Century Warfare: Computers as the New Centre of Gravity
24 September, 2007
CO07074 | The Internet and Do-It-Yourself Jihadism: Much Less Than meets The Eye?
17 July, 2007
CO07048 | Strategic Trends 2007-2036 Right Horizon Scanning, Wrong Military Responses
29 May, 2007
CO07027 | ‘We Band of Brothers….’: Military decision,strategic success,and the Revolution in Military Affairs
05 April, 2007
CO06117 | Living with a Nuclear North Korea
27 October, 2006
CO06095 | Youtube Fiasco Undermines SAF Credibility
11 September, 2006
CO06047 | The 2006 Quadrennial Defence Review: Implications for Asian Security
07 June, 2006
CO06038 | Making Sense of the 2006 Quadrennial Defence Review
19 May, 2006
CO06027 | Expanding NATO: An Organisation Searching For The Wrong Missions
21 April, 2006
CO05089 | The Military and Counter-Terrorism
08 December, 2005
CO05087 | Sequels Seldom Sell: Why Terrorism is losing its Strategic Value for Al-Qaeda
30 November, 2005
CO05039 | U.S. Military Transformation and Implications for Asian Security
01 July, 2005
CO05034 | The US Military and Non-Conventional War: Is Firepower Cheaper than Manpower?
21 June, 2005
CO05030 | National Security Strategy in the Age of Revolutions in Security Affairs
06 June, 2005
CO05014 | A Nuclear North Korea – Assessing The Fallout
28 March, 2005
CO05005 | SAF: A Flexible Force To Deal With The Unexpected
31 January, 2005
CO04042 | How to Avoid a Nuclear Arms Race in Northeast Asia
13 September, 2004
CO04036 | Assessing the Structure of the New National Security Strategy
27 August, 2004
CO03028 | Homeland Security Strategies: The United States Approach
24 July, 2003
CO03018 | Gulf War II: Lessons and Implications For Singapore
07 May, 2003
- Loo, Fook Weng, Bernard. Transformation and Military Operations, (ed.) London and New York: Routledge, 2009.
- Loo, Fook Weng, Bernard. Middle Powers and Accidental Wars: A Study in Conventional Strategic Stability. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2005.
Chapters in Edited Books
- Loo, Fook Weng, Bernard. “Naval Modernisation in South-east Asia: Modernisation versus Arms Races”, in Geoffrey Till and Jane Chan (eds.), Naval Modernisation in Southeast Asia. London: Routledge, 2013.
- Loo, Fook Weng, Bernard. “Goh Keng Swee and the Emergence of a Modern SAF” in Emrys Chew and Chong Guan Kwa (eds.), Goh Keng Swee: A Legacy of Public Service. Singapore: World Scientific: 2012.
- Vasu, Norman and Bernard Loo. "Total Defence for National Security: An Assessment." in Management of Success: Singapore Revisited, edited by Terence Chong, 462-488. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2010.
- Loo, Fook Weng, Bernard. “Debating the Revolution in Military Affairs: Options and Implications for Small to Medium Military Organisations” in Ralph Rotte and Christoph Schwarz (eds.), International Security and War: Policy and Grand Strategy in the 21st Century. Hauppauge: Nova Publishers, 2010.
- Loo, Fook Weng, Bernard; Norman Vasu. “National Security and Singapore: As Assessment” in Terence Chong (ed.), Management of Success. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2010.
- Loo, Fook Weng, Bernard. “Maturing the Singapore Armed Forces: from Poisonous Shrimp to Dolphin” in Bridget Welsh, James Chin, Arun Mahizhnan and Tan Tarn How (eds.), Impressions: The Goh Years in Singapore, pp. 178-197. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 2009.
- Loo, Fook Weng, Bernard. “Military Modernisation, Power Projection and the Rise of the PLA: Strategic Implications for Southeast Asia” in Sheldon Simon and Evelyn Goh (eds.), China, the United States, and Southeast Asia: Contending Perspectives on Politics, Security and Economics, pp. 185-199. New York and London: Routledge, 2008.
- Loo, Fook Weng, Bernard. “The Revolution in Military Affairs and Changing Security Concerns: Implications for Small States” in Tommi Koivula and Jyri Helminen (eds.), Armed Forces For Tomorrow, pp. 59-76. Helsinki: National Defence University, 2007.
- Loo, Fook Weng, Bernard. “Explaining Changes in Singapore's Military Doctrines: Material and Ideational Perspectives” in Amitav Acharya and Lee Lai To (eds.), Asia in the New Millennium: APISA First Congress Proceedings, 27-30 November 2003, pp. 352-375. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Academic, 2004.
- “The Challenges Facing 21st Century Military Modernization” in PRISM, 8, 3, 2020, 146-157
- Loo, Fook Weng, Bernard. “Transforming the Indonesian Armed Forces: Concepts, Concerns, Challenges”, Contemporary Southeast Asia, forthcoming.
- Ong, Wei Chong; Bernard Loo. “Fighting Small Wars in the New Century: Questions and Insights for the SAF”, Pointer, 37(2), 2011.
- Loo, Fook Weng, Bernard. “Decisive Battle, Victory, and the Revolution in Military Affairs”, Journal of Strategic Studies, 32(2), April 2009, pp.189-211.
- Loo, Fook Weng, Bernard. “Transforming the Strategic Landscape of Southeast Asia”, Contemporary Southeast Asia, 27(3), December 2005, pp. 389-405.
- Loo, Fook Weng, Bernard. “Gulf War II: Assessing Iraqi Grand Strategies”, Taiwan Defense Affairs, 3(3), Spring 2003, pp. 74-97.
- Loo, Fook Weng, Bernard. “Geography and Strategic Stability”, Journal of Strategic Studies, 26(1), March 2003, pp.156-174.
- Loo, Fook Weng, Bernard. "Commentary: Should we be worried about North Korea?", Channel News Asia, 20 May 2017, http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/commentary-should-we-be-worried-about-north-korea-8860980
- Loo, Fook Weng, Bernard. "Stuck in the middle, South Korea has few options for securing peace with its Northern neighbour", The Conversation, 25 April 2017, https://theconversation.com/stuck-in-the-middle-south-korea-has-few-options-for-securing-peace-with-its-northern-neighbour-76324
- Bernard Fook Weng Loo and Koh Swee Lean Collin, “South China Sea: No Win-Win for China and US” The Diplomat, 30 October 2015.
- Koh Swee Lean Collin and Bernard Fook Weng Loo, “Exposed: Singapore’s Aircraft Carrier in Disguise,” The National Interest, 18 March 2015.
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