Defense Spending and Military Modernization Trends in Southeast Asia

Richard A. Bitzinger, Visitor Senior Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

Venue : AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, Shaw Centre #23-03 S(228208) - Stamford American Auditorium

Date : May 31, 2018

Time : 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Price : $0.00

2018-05-31 16:45:00 2018-05-31 18:00:00 Asia/Singapore Defense Spending and Military Modernization Trends in Southeast Asia - AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, Shaw Centre #23-03 S(228208) - Stamford American Auditorium AmCham Singapore

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Hosted by the Aerospace & Defense Committee


4:45 pm – 5:00 pm
5:00 pm – 5:05 pm     Introduction of Speaker
5:05 pm – 5:45 pm     Presentation
5:45 pm – 6:00 pm     Q&A / Discussion


Southeast Asia has been, overall, on a sustained military build-up for more than 15 years. This has been propelled by persistent economic growth, which, in turn, has permitted constant increases in regional defense spending. However, not all states in the region are benefitting equally from this build-up, and there may be hurdles to future military modernization. This lecture will seek to unpack Southeast Asian defense spending and, subsequently, the regional military build-up.

About the Speaker:

Richard A. Bitzinger
Visitor Senior Fellow
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

Richard A. Bitzinger is presently a Visitor Senior Fellow with the Military Transformations Program at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), where his work focuses on security and defense issues relating to the Asia-Pacific region, including military modernization and force transformation, regional defense industries and local armaments production, and weapons proliferation. He was a Senior Fellow at RSIS from 2006 to 2018, and headed up the Military Transformations Program, 2012-2018. Mr. Bitzinger has written several monographs and book chapters, and his articles have appeared in such journals as International Security, Orbis, China Quarterly, and Survival. He is the author of Arming Asia: Technonationalism and Its Impact on Local Defense Industries (Routledge, 2017), and Towards a Brave New Arms Industry? (Oxford University Press, 2003). Other key publications include “Come the Revolution: Transforming the Asia-Pacific’s Militaries,” Naval War College Review (Fall 2005) and “Military Modernization in the Asia-Pacific: Assessing New Capabilities,” Asia’s Rising Power (NBR, 2010). He is the editor of The Modern Defense Industry: Political, Economic and Technological Issues (Praeger, 2009) and Emerging Critical Technologies and Security in the Asia Pacific (Palgrave, 2015). Mr. Bitzinger has previously worked at the RAND Corporation, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Affairs, the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, and the US Central Intelligence Agency. He has served as a Visiting Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council of the United States (1999-2000), and with the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, UC San Diego (2010). He holds a Master’s degree from the Monterey Institute of International Affairs and has pursued additional postgraduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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