The way war is conducted today, our limited resources, the nature of our society and the size of our country, require that our country have a Total Defence capability which involves not only the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) but also the civilian population.
Through Total Defence, every sector of society is mobilised and has a part to play to ensure Singapore's security.
In Total Defence, our people are organised to defend the country against all forms of attack, both military and non-military. Total Defence comprises the 5 pillars viz. Psychological Defence, Social Defence, Economic Defence, Civil Defence and Military Defence.
Psychological Defence is each person's commitment to and confidence in the nation's future.
Social Defence is about people living and working together in harmony and spending time on the interests of the nation and community.
Economic Defence is the government, business and industry organising themselves to support the economy at all times. Individuals contribute by working hard and meeting the challenges of development. Those who continually improve themselves to stay relevant play an even bigger role.
Civil Defence provides for the safety and basic needs of the whole community so that life may go on as normally as possible during emergencies.
Military Defence is having a strong Singapore Armed Forces to deter aggression and protect the country. It also involves citizens doing their part to support the military.
In short Total Defence is about everyone playing a part in the defence of Singapore.
For more details, please visit the Total Defence website.