Defence spending: A case of too much or not enough?

In some quarters, there is a nascent perception that Singapore's defence spending - in the current absence of external military aggression - has not only ballooned, but is also excessive. PHOTO: ST FILE

Singapore's public spending is under increasing pressure as its population and infrastructure age. An ageing society means higher health and social spending, while infrastructure needs require the nation to set aside vast sums to maintain and upgrade old systems and build new ones.

Naturally, other sectors of the national Budget will come under increasing scrutiny. One such sector is defence.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 03, 2018, with the headline 'Defence spending: A case of too much or not enough?'. Subscribe