Indonesian military to prioritise regional infrastructure in 2016

Members of the Kopassus, an Indonesian special forces group, hold rifles as they stand at attention during a rehearsal for a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of Indonesia's military in Cilegon, Banten province, October 3, 2015.
PHOTO: Reuters

Indonesian Military (TNI) chief Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo has announced that the TNI will prioritize building infrastructure as a solution to problems in the outer islands and border areas next year.

"[And in general] we will be prioritizing outer islands and border areas," Gatot said after closing an executive meeting at the military headquarters in Cilangkap, East Jakarta, late on Friday.

According to Gatot, the areas should have electricity and integrated communications that could be observed by the Navy, the Air Force and the Army.

On Friday, the TNI held a closed executive meeting, which was attended by 182 senior officers from across Indonesia. The three-day meeting discussed plans, obstacles and possible threats in 2016 and also evaluated 2015 targets.

In opening the meeting, TNI commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo said the changes in the current strategic situation would create new challenges in the future for the TNI.