Study the use of force, militaries told

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THE Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) commander called on militaries to examine the use of force in the context of social, political, economic, technological and moral factors that influence military institutions and operations.

“I believe if we shy away from this intellectual understanding of military affairs, it would result in a military isolated from society and detached from the realities of the international security landscape,” said Major General Dato Paduka Seri Hj Aminuddin Ihsan Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin.

In his address at the 17th ASEAN Regional Forum Heads of Defence Universities, Colleges and Institutions Meeting, he said education in the contemporary environment, and its complexities underpin the need for military forces to be prepared at all times and to have the ability to adapt to changing strategic and operational contexts.

“Hence, the question is not whether armed forces should be educated, but rather, what kind of education could possibly prepare the military to meet these challenges successfully in order to serve the security of society?” said the RBAF commander.

He said expertise beyond the scope of the battlefield and other traditional skills is required.

Major General Dato Hj Aminuddin Ihsan said such intellectual sophistication and development cannot be provided by the military system in any other way than through academic studies.

“Academic education offers a channel for mutual beneficial interaction between the military and the broader society, and between the military and the academic community in particular,” he told representatives of the 25 participating countries at the meeting.

The RBAF commander said militaries need to embrace this era of transformation of strategic reality as the region is facing challenges in the security environment.

Co-hosted by Brunei and South Korea, the two-day meeting commenced at The Rizqun International Hotel yesterday.

The Brunei Times