Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Indonesian Defense spending to be increased
Indonesia’s House of Representatives will likely increase Indonesia's defense budget to US$3.6 billion in 2010.A proposal to increase the defense budget was likely to be passed at the House plenary meeting.
The increase was far less than he had expected.
Proportionally, the Indonesian defense budget was somewhat abnormal compared to that of neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore.
A string of tragedies, in which military aircraft have "fallen out of the sky like raindrops due to a lack of maintenance funding", has degraded Indonesia's defense authority, allowing Malaysia to test the country's patience by continually breaching the Ambalat boundaries.