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Former PNGDF commander sceptical about military buildup

Former PNGDF commander sceptical about military buildup

Updated 13 February 2013, 18:21 AEST

Papua New Guinea is going to build it's military up to five times its current strength.

Defence Minister Dr Fabian Pok has told Parliament that Defence Force personnel will climb from the current 1,900 to 10,000.

He says the government has approved the purchase of new weapons, aircraft and patrol vessels.

Former Papua New Guinea Defence Force commander, General Jerry Singirok, tells Bruce Hill a buildup is a good idea, but he questions whether the government is capable of properly supporting a much larger military.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker:Former Papua New Guinea Defence Force commander, General Jerry Singirok

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Bruce is one of the Pacific’s most experienced journalists with nearly 20 years covering the region and has won several international awards.

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