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Indonesia to develop defense systems

Indonesia is set to modernize its primary defense systems (alutsista) in order to strengthen the country's defense capabilities.

In a limited meeting held at the Presidential Office in Jakarta on Monday, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said Indonesia’s current defense budget amounted to 1.1 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), slightly up from previous allocations of 0.89 percent of GDP in 2015 and 0.79 percent in 2014.

The Indonesian Maritime Doctrine: Realising the Potential of the Ocean

The maritime doctrine continues the military modernisation agenda begun by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) in 2005. SBY’s plan, the Minimum Essential Force (MEF), aimed to develop a green-water navy capable of patrolling the extent of the Indonesian archipelago by 2024. The Indonesian military (TNI) is currently hampered by outdated weapons systems that make it difficult to effectively protect the country’s territorial waters.

Ryamizard Pushing for Indonesian Defense Budget Increase, Citing Shortfall

Jakarta. Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said on Thursday that the government was committed to boosting the portion of defense spending up to 1.5 percent of Indonesia’s state budget, almost double the current level.

Ryamizard said the Rp 83 trillion ($6.8 billion) allotted this year, although an increase from figures appropriated in previous years, represented only 0.8 percent of the total state budget.

Jokowi Spells Out Vision for Indonesia’s “Global Maritime Nexus”

The economic and security conundrum posed by Indonesia’s archipelagic geography is not new. The combination of 17,000 islands with an underfunded navy and poor port infrastructure results in widespread piracy, illegal fishing, and smuggling. The extraordinarily high costs of transporting goods domestically makes it cheaper for Indonesians to consume foreign goods than domestic ones, and makes the nation function more as a collection of weakly integrated economies than as a unified market.

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