Ben Davis and the Discourse of National Security and National Service

If you're a Singaporean, you will be familiar with Ben Davis, the Singapore-born footballer who now has his own Wikipedia page! What is interesting is that this issue illustrates certain aspects of how Singapore's national security is conceived - both by policy makers as well as members of the electorate. The Official and Semi-Official Discourses … Continue reading Ben Davis and the Discourse of National Security and National Service

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The Return of Mahatir and Politics of Water in Singapore-Malaysia Relations

Mahatir was Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003, when he stepped down. Of course, Mahatir today IS the Prime Minister again, thanks to his victory in the May 2018 General Elections. But why is this an issue of focus? Simple: because of simplistic thinking coming out in reaction to his recent comments about … Continue reading The Return of Mahatir and Politics of Water in Singapore-Malaysia Relations

How to not understand a country’s military modernisation

Coming from The National Interest no less! There is nothing inherently wrong with the individual points that the author makes. The author is correct in highlighting the emphasis on maritime and air capabilities in Malaysia's current military modernisation programmes - the littoral combat vessels (based on the French Gowind corvette), for instance, the upgraded Kedah-class … Continue reading How to not understand a country’s military modernisation

Stasis and Hypocrisy in Singapore’s Security Discourse

The blog that inspired this post is relatively old - it was dated 28 July 2017 - but the former high-ranking national security official, from whom I came to know of this - only recently shared it in his social media account. As the title indicates, my reactions can be summarised in stasis and hypocrisy. … Continue reading Stasis and Hypocrisy in Singapore’s Security Discourse

Responding to the tragedy of training-related death

A couple of friends were asking me to write about the recent case of the late Dave Lee, who died after sustaining heat injuries over a week ago. I decided against it because I had already written about the relationship between training safety and training rigour. So here it is, warts and all. The only … Continue reading Responding to the tragedy of training-related death

Should the SAF sacrifice its investments in military education to cut costs?

This post was inspired by a conversation I had last week with a good friend, who coincidentally happens to be a Reservist (sorry, I hate the term NSMan) LTC in the SAF and a principal staff officer in an infantry brigade. My friend is what I term a "true believer": he believes down to his … Continue reading Should the SAF sacrifice its investments in military education to cut costs?

Did Singapore acquire more Leopard 2 MBTs?

The authoritative Jane's broke the story (also carried by Defence News) that the Singapore's Ministry of Defence has acquired 12 Leopard 2A7 MBTs. The data came from the equally authoritative Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, whose database indicates that, after the initial order in 2007, a total of 182 Leopard 2A4 MBTs were delivered to Singapore. … Continue reading Did Singapore acquire more Leopard 2 MBTs?