The basis then of Singapore’ s creation of a strong military force is to “ have the capacity to resist an invasion” if there would be one (Yew, qtd. in Singh 15-16). On the other hand, the purpose of its strategic alliances with the super-powers of the world is for the country to have friends (allies) who will help them in case of invasion. The prime minister then summarized the mentioned goals by saying that the state “ must have the capacity to prevent a successful invasion” (Yew, qtd. in Singh 15-16).
such case, Singapore’ s military policy is also geared towards deterrence and diplomacy. Singapore’ s military force (Singapore Armed Forces) was actually formed with the help of Israel. The state then adopted “ the Israeli model of a national conscript defense” (Singh 16). Conscription was done by requiring the male citizens who were able-bodied and at least eighteen years of age to serve a term in the armed forces of the country (“ Conscription” ). During this period, they were taught the basics of military training, the laws of war and the commitment to defend country in case of invasion.
For the following years, Singapore has successfully built “ an impressive defense capability” (Singh 16). However, this defense concept was changed, the “ poisonous shrimp” strategy was transformed into “ porcupine strategy” (Singh 16). Accordingly, the former Chief of Operations, Singapore Armed Forces, Lee Hsien Loong justified such change by contending that “ the Republic needed to adopt a defense posture that was capable of inflicting intolerable costs on potential enemies as well as to outlast attacks in actual combat” (qtd. in Singh 16). He said: “ So we a policy which says, if you come, I’ ll whack you, and I’ ll survive / This is a workable strategy / I may not completely destroy you, but you will have to pay a high price for trying to subdue me and you may still not succeed” (Loong, qtd.
in Singh 16).
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