THE CHALLENGES OF JOINT OPERATIONS IN THE RBAF – PROBLEMS OF DOCTRINE AND EQUIPMENT PROCUREMENT

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THE CHALLENGES OF JOINT OPERATIONS IN THE RBAF – PROBLEMS OF DOCTRINE AND EQUIPMENT PROCUREMENT
CHAPTER I
INTRODUCTION
1. Modern states tailor their defence capabilities to meet their foreign and security policy needs. Such capabilities are provided by weapon systems and trained personnel which are employed according to fundamental military principles. The uncertainties of threat and complexities of risk in the contemporary world demand a wide range of military capabilities. Furthermore, in most future major military operations, land, sea and air forces will be closely dependent upon each other. Therefore, force structures will have to be both adaptable and capable of cooperating with each other in the conduct of joint operations. While
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Secondly, the requirements of the country’s defence policy must be achievable within its resources and so economics plays a fundamental part in determining defence policy.
Operational Roles And Tasks
7. With its roots in Brunei’s foreign and security policies, its Defence Policy is expressed in the DWP 2004. The DWP 2004 identifies 6 ‘Operational Roles’ in which Brunei forces could be engaged in the future3. These likely roles are, in turn, broken down into a number of ‘military tasks’, which define the activities that Royal Brunei Armed Forces must be capable of in order to fulfil the requirements of the nation’s defence policy.
Brunei Force Structure
8. The Royal Brunei Armed Forces must be manned, organised, trained and equipped to undertake the military tasks entrusted to them. Particularly in today’s rapidly changing world, this means that such forces ‘…are available at short notice and able to be deployed quickly, including at distance…(and so need to be)…flexible in the variety of tasks they can undertake across a range of transnational, natural disaster and peace operations…and potentially able to undertake several tasks concurrently…and interoperable with regional and international
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