Total Defence

Total Defence

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Special Project - NS50

This essay was originally published in The 2nd Decade: Nation Building In Progress 1975-1985 publication. To view the Live Notes, please click here.   “Defence cannot just be the responsibility of the government or the armed forces. It is the responsibility of the whole nation….National will is thus an essential political recondition of any convincing […]

Fit to fight: Reservists on the frontline

Fit to fight: Reservists on the frontline

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Special Project - NS50

This essay was originally published in The 2nd Decade: Nation Building In Progress 1975-1985 publication. To view the Live Notes, please click here.  There was also a strong focus in the second decade on improving the quality of our reservists, i.e. those Singapore citizens who had completed their full time National Service. By 1984, reservists […]

Turbo-charging the armed forces

Turbo-charging the armed forces

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Special Project - NS50

This essay was originally published in The 2nd Decade: Nation Building In Progress 1975-1985 publication. To view the Live Notes, please click here.  The decade saw the SAF develop a substantially stronger navy and air force and make continuous enhancements to the army in its efforts to transform itself into a technologically superior armed forces. […]

Friendly forces: Strengthening regional defence

Friendly forces: Strengthening regional defence

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Special Project - NS50

This essay was originally published in The 2nd Decade: Nation Building In Progress 1975-1985 publication. To view the Live Notes, please click here. To find shared solutions to the security threat posed by Vietnam and the Soviet Union, Singapore deepened its defence relations with both fellow ASEAN nations and friendly countries with trade and strategic […]

External threats: Storm Clouds over Indochina

External threats: Storm Clouds over Indochina

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Special Project - NS50

 This essay was originally published in The 2nd Decade: Nation Building In Progress 1975-1985 publication. To view the Live Notes, please click here. Security problems dominating the first decade had largely receded by the second decade. Bilateral ties with Indonesia steadily improved following the end of Konfrontasi in 1966. Communist insurgency, while still a risk, […]

Defending Our Sovereignty

Defending Our Sovereignty

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Special Project - NS50

This essay was originally published in 10 Years That Shaped A Nation publication. To view the Live Notes, please click here. “Without the defence capability that NS made possible, Singapore may not have survived – let alone prospered…More than anything  else, it is the spirit and commitment of our NS men that makes the SAF a […]