The existence of defense industry as part of component in developing state defense has become vital in supporting state defense power. This was stated by Chairman of Implementation Team of State Defense Industry Policy Committee (KKIP), Soemardjono to media when explaining the task of KKIP at Indonesian Defense Ministry in Jakarta on Friday (02/03). He said that there are five state defense components. They are defense doctrine, defense strategy, defense posture, defense structure and defense technology. Soemardjono also explained if the state has not been able to produce defense technologies, it can purchase them to foreign countries based on the existing rules.
“The law states that to purchase foreign defense products, the first is the national defense industry cannot produce defense products. So, it can purchase them from foreign defense industries. But, it must be through government to government or government to business schemes. The second point is that we must not use agent which contradicts the existing rule,” Soemardjono said.
Moreover, Soemardjono further said that defense technology is important because it can change and bring about direct impact on strategy, posture and defense structure. He said if the technology changes, the strategy, posture and defense structure will change as well. This means that if the technology is quite strong, this can bring about impact on the state defense system. (VOI/AF/ALIKA/RHM)