|Year of Publication
|xxviii, 496p. Includes Index ; Bibliography
1. Singapore – Armed Forces. 2. Scholars – Singapore. When Singapore declared independence in 1965, it faced the monumental task of building a military from scratch. This book tells the story of the development of the Singapore Armed Forces through a collective portrait of its leaders. It is based on interviews with twenty-eight flag officers, offering a firsthand look at Singapore's military from the very leaders who helped shape it. It addresses the challenges Singapore faced in building its officer core and encouraging individuals to stay and make a career out of military service. As former flag officers are often recruited into senior civil service and political roles, understating the military elite culture is central to understanding Singapore's politics. This book provides a rare window on an exceptional and globally influential institution.