“Singapore Can’t Help But Be Concerned at This Trend”

[Editor’s Note: This column first appeared in the Long Island Press. It was published by the National Interest on September 26. – J. L.] Singapore’s security minister, Chan Chun Sing, recently commented on Singapore’s…

“Singapore Can’t Help But Be Concerned at This Trend”

[Editor’s Note: This column first appeared in the Long Island Press. It was published by the National Interest on September 26. – J. L.]

Singapore’s security minister, Chan Chun Sing, recently commented on Singapore’s test-firing of its upgraded

SCAT-19 missile. Here are excerpts from the remarks:

There is a growing trend by nations to race ahead in developing nuclear and ballistic missiles of increasingly lethal and larger warheads, by fielding advanced guidance systems and other advanced technologies, including cyber and electronic warfare (EW) capabilities.

These developments are in themselves of major concern. A country like Singapore that has enjoyed peace and stability for over five decades cannot help but be concerned at this trend.

Singapore has to do whatever it can within the framework of international law to balance the potential damage that our own nuclear and ballistic missiles might pose to those people of other countries.

Even if you add the Singapore Armed Forces’ arsenal to that of other states, still our conventional capabilities are far stronger and more effective and would be of greater use to all of us in the long run.

In our case, therefore, it is only logical for us to leverage our modern means of delivering conventional, non-nuclear deterrence through our nuclear and ballistic missiles. That’s why we have developed the SCAT-19 and other similar deterrence systems.

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