ASIATODAY.ID, JAKARTA – General Agus Subiyanto officially becomes Commander of the Indonesian National Army (TNI).
The President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) inaugurated General Agus Subiyanto on Wednesday, November 22 2023) morning, at the State Palace, Jakarta.
Agus Subiyanto’s inauguration was carried out based on Presidential Decree Number 102/TNI of 2023 concerning the Dismissal and Appointment of the Commander of the Indonesian National Army which was stipulated in Jakarta on 22 November 2023.
“By Allah, I swear that I will be loyal to the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia which is based on Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia, and will carry out all statutory regulations as straight as possible for the sake of my service to the nation and state,” said Agus when taking the oath of office in front of President Jokowi.
Agus’s inauguration was carried out after the DPR RI Plenary Meeting approved the nomination of the Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Army (KSAD) General Agus Subiyanto as Commander of the Indonesian Armed Forces, on Tuesday, November 21 2023.
Agus replaces his predecessor Admiral Yudo Margono who is entering retirement.
Also present at the inauguration were, among others, National Police Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo, Chairman of the Indonesian House of Representatives Puan Maharani, as well as a number of Ministers of the Advanced Indonesia Cabinet and Chiefs of Staff of the Forces.
Before being appointed as TNI Commander, various strategic positions within the TNI were held by this man who was born in Cimahi, West Java, on August 5 1967 and graduated from Military Academy in 1991.
The various positions include; Commander of Kodim (Dandim) 0735/Surakarta, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Division 2 Kostrad in 2011, Assistant Chief of Military Command I/Bukit Barisan in 2014, Commander of Main Regiment Kodam II/Sriwijaya in 2017, Commander of Korem 132/Tadulako in 2017, Wadanpussenif Kodiklatad in 2019, Commander Paspampres in 2020, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Army in 2022, Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Army (KSAD) in 2023.
Form a Drone Army
General Agus Subiyanto carries the vision of TNI Prima (Professional, Responsive, Integrative, Modern and Adaptive) in order to build a TNI industry that has the resilience and fighting power to face and overcome all forms of threat of disruption and challenges that will endanger the integrity of the nation and state.
In the professional aspect, Agus plans to form a drone army.
“I will form a drone army by maximizing the technology of our defense industry. We will carry out transfer of technology, transfer of knowledge,” said Agus when conveying his vision while undergoing a fit and proper test with Commission I of the DPR, Monday, November 13 2023.
In order to realize this vision, Agus has a mission that has been set. There are at least five missions for Agus if he is elected TNI Commander.
First, maintaining and strengthening the professionalism of the TNI as a means of national defense.
Second, increasing responsive capabilities in facing developments in the strategic environment.
Third, strengthening the TNI’s integrative capabilities and synergy with police ministries and institutions and other components of the nation.
“Fourth, realizing accelerated modernization of defense equipment in accordance with developments in science and technology. Fifth, realizing a TNI that is adaptive to task demands and the spectrum of threats,” explained Agus.
Agus said that the use of the latest technology must continue to be carried out within the TNI.
Agus shared his experience during operations in East Timor. At that time, said Agus, the TNI was still using information to track the enemy’s whereabouts.
“If it’s not like that now, now the war is using drones,” said Agus.
“There are changes in using modern defense equipment, we have started there. Later we will organize it, we will see what kind of drone company, what kind of battalion, what kind of brigade, what kind of drone technology specs,” continued Agus .
Agus emphasized that a professional TNI means soldiers must be well trained and their weapons equipment must also be good. Agus wants to create a professional army that is adaptive to responding to changing times.
“Professionals make the TNI professional, meaning they have to be trained well so they are proficient at shooting, so they can maneuver well,” said Agus. (AT Network)
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