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How Singapore’s defence impacts everyday lives

Officers from the Police Armed Strike Team engaging “gunmen” at Tuas Link MRT station during a two-day island-wide counter-terrorism exercise in February 2019. PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
Officers from the Police Armed Strike Team engaging “gunmen” at Tuas Link MRT station during a two-day island-wide counter-terrorism exercise in February 2019. PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

This is a special Straits Times resource for junior college and pre-university students, as part of The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz outreach.

Singapore’s defence principle takes a two-pronged approach.

First, there is deterrence. This refers to having a strong defence structure that will discourage other countries or other perpetrators from attacking. In Singapore, maintaining a defence force, such as through national service, as well as investing in defence technology are ways the Government deters adversaries.

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