SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) will continue its approach of steady defence spending over the long term.
This strategy has reaped significant benefits for Singapore's defence capabilities, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen.
He was speaking in Parliament during the debate on his ministry's budget on Thursday.
Singapore's defence budget has roughly kept pace with inflation, growing from $8.6 billion in 2004 to $12.2 billion in 2013.
Dr Ng said sharp spikes in spending will be avoided unless required by security risks.
It will also avoid sharp drops that will undermine Singapore's defence capabilities over the medium term.
Dr Ng also gave an illustration of how the SAF will be like in the future.
In 2030, SAF will be a highly networked force, he said.
This means that whether it's the fighter pilot in the air, the sailor at sea or the soldier on land, each will be able to see the big picture.
And beyond that, they will also be able to speak to each other to jointly target threats and orchestrate responses.
Dr Ng said: "These capabilities of the SAF, if achieved by 2030, should provide Singaporeans the confidence that Singapore can be protected. I say confidence, not certainty. The future is always unpredictable."
(Mindef infographic) - CNA/ir
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