Total Defence Day 2008 15 Feb 08. Origins of Total Defence…. Introduced on 2 Apr 84 Adapted from Swiss and Swedish experience Rationale: given our small population, we cannot maintain a regular armed forces nature of modern warfare has changed.
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15 Feb 08
cannot maintain a regular armed
warfare has changed
...work together in an integrated response
out during times of war
response to deal with all kinds of
tackle terrorism threat
sector and all Singaporeans to deal
with threats, crises, challenges
with crises when they occur
(1) Economic Crisis (1997)
- inter-agency cooperation
RSN-Coast Guard joint exercise
...preparing Singaporeans for civil emergencies
We were able to respond swiftly...
What are we doing to become a “hard target” against terrorism?
24 hours a day
Singapore Straits to be escorted
patrols at commercial,
and MRT stations
alert police of
be tracked by SCDF
emphasise need for
enhanced in schools
in streets and public
agencies by keeping ears to the
ground and eyes open
relevant and employable
sensitive to different
If anything happens in Singapore,
…would we be able to bounce back quickly?
of the government and security
“Ultimately, it’s not the government or the civil defence or the police who are going to defeat terrorists: It’s the response of the whole society – the cohesion, the unity, the determination, the grit – that will make the difference.”