Singapore- Defence Spending
Going Up Next Year (16 Dec 2002)
Singapore's defence spending will go up next year to counter
the threat of terrorism.
Some of the money can be expected to go towards boosting security
at military installations here, as the Singapore Armed Forces
yesterday demonstrated new sensors, cameras and bomb detection
equipment being used or tested.
The ministry's budget for the next financial year will be higher
than the $8.2 billion budgeted for the current year.
Defence spending accounted for 29 per cent of the Budget this
year and saw a 4.9-per-cent increase over the previous year,
but was still below the cap, which is set at 6 per cent of the
country's gross domestic product.
The military has taken on additional tasks in the new security
environment, to deal with chemical and biological threats.