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Navigating National Security Issues – A Whole-of-Nation Approach
18 Feb 2022

The second National Security Symposium: Perspectives, Analysis & Discovery (NSSPAD) was organised by the National Security Studies Programme (NSSP) at RSIS, in conjunction with Nexus-MINDEF, on 18 February 2022. The event was supported by the National Security Coordination Secretariat (NSCS) in the Prime Minister’s Office and held at NTU@one-north.

Themed “Navigating National Security Issues — A Whole-of-Nation Approach’’, NSSPAD 2022 enabled students from public-funded universities to learn about non-traditional security challenges facing Singapore. It provided participants the opportunity to acquire critical foundational knowledge on such issues, and also challenge traditional ideas, mull over fresh insights, and recognise underlying cultural, economic, social, and geopolitical forces at work in the world.

To engage with the students, subject matter experts from the public service were invited to present on their respective domains. Singapore’s vulnerabilities and challenges, as well as its approaches to present and future security issues, were also discussed. The speakers included:

  • Ms Chong Mien Ling from the Public Utilities Board who spoke about Water Security,
  • Dr Alvin Yeo from the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) who touched on Food Security,
  • Mr Soh Leng Wan from Enterprise Singapore who focused on Economic Security, and
  • BG Gaurav Keerthi from the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) who shared on Cybersecurity.

Rounding off the symposium was a dialogue with the Guest-of-Honour, Mr Aaron Maniam, Deputy Secretary (Industry and Information), Ministry of Communication and Information. The event was attended by some 62 students from the six autonomous universities, as well as guests from the public sector.

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