Monday, October 17, 2011
Understanding Defence Creep
With a mischievous twinkle in his eye, Mr Song, who is from Sarawak, said that he added personal touches to his office through "stealth", bringing in one plant first, before bringing in more.
Then came a fish tank.
"I've been with the firm for quite a while now, so I guess they (my colleagues) are used to it," said Mr Song with a laugh.
He noted that none of his colleagues objected when the fish tanks "became bigger over time".
By then, they were so used to the kampung-themed decor that none of them batted an eyelid when he added a finch to his office six months ago.
"Some of my colleagues didn't even notice the bird. They thought that the noise was coming from my mobile phone's ringtone," said Mr Song. - From mypaper, 17 October 2011
The above extract reminded me so much of the defence creep concept and it brightened up my Monday morning.
The idea goes back decades, it seems. It has helped Singapore's combat strength creep up incrementally after initial purchases desensitised the neighbourhood to certain war machines or military capabilities.
Noteworthy examples include Singapore's decision to keep its F-16A/Bs in the United States till the Royal Thai Air Force had received its F-16s. The Lion City thus let go of bragging rights to being the first air force in Southeast Asia to operate the combat-proven interceptor in the mid-1980s.
Then we had the Sjoormen-class diesel-electric submarines bought from the Royal Swedish Navy and extensively refurbished to as-new standard to see if Singapore really needed submarines.
The CH-47D Chinook heavy-lift helicopters were explained as assets for extending search and rescue (SAR) coverage in Singapore's flight information region, which extends over the South China Sea. Till this day, I have yet to see a single Chinook in SAR colours....
Posted by David Boey at 9:25 PM