The Bridge between Generations in Indonesian Military Politics.

by Guy J. Pauker

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A discussion of the Indonesian officer corps. A new generation lacking experience of guerrilla warfare against the Dutch but with more professional training will soon be in command. They absorbed the army doctrine with its populist emphasis on territorial warfare, its concept of a dual function for the military, and its intense anti-Communism. Since Indonesia is a country controlled by its officer corps, one can argue that actual physical power is in the hands of 100 battalion commanders of the Army. As long as the young officers in command of battalions retain confidence in their superiors, so that consensus in the officer corps remains intact, the stability of the Suharto regime can be given good odds. If recent crises and intensified political debate prior to the 1977 elections grips the minds of younger officers, it is conceivable that their professionalism might be eroded and the temptation to part company with their superiors might not be resisted. 10 pp.

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