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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Total Defence Day 2008
15 Feb 08
Origins of Total Defence…
cannot maintain a regular armed
warfare has changed
Five Aspects of Total Defence
...work together in an integrated response
Total Defence Framework
out during times of war
response to deal with all kinds of
tackle terrorism threat
Total Defence Involves Everyone
sector and all Singaporeans to deal
with threats, crises, challenges
with crises when they occur
(1) Economic Crisis (1997)
(2) Dealing with non-conventional threats
- inter-agency cooperation
RSN-Coast Guard joint exercise
HAZMAT team in operation at the British Council, 2001
We have been building our civil defence capabilities
...preparing Singaporeans for civil emergencies
Air disaster simulation exercise, May 2001
911 and the JI arrests had repercussions on our social cohesion
…but we were able to talk openly about these issues
(3) Tsunami disaster (2004)
We were able to respond swiftly...
Singapore Red Cross Society in Meulaboh
Prevention, Protection, Response...
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
What you can do...
agencies by keeping ears to the
ground and eyes open
What you can do…
relevant and employable
sensitive to different
Psychological resilience is key
If anything happens in Singapore,
…would we be able to bounce back quickly?
We build resilience by…
of the government and security