‘Guns’ vs ‘Butter’ Discourse in KRI Nanggala-402 Tragedy
The Indonesian Defense Budget is naturally large because of its vast territory and natural resources that must be protected. Weak military force will weaken the bargaining position in diplomacy.
The sinking of KRI Nanggala-402 was mourned among Indonesians, who said goodbye to the 53 Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) personnel and great sons of this nation. KRI Nanggala-402 itself was an important part of the Indonesian Navy with its long service period of 41 years.
As a form of respect, the government bestowed awards in the form of promotions to the 53 crew members of the KRI Nanggala-402 who died in their mission and provided three honorary medals for their dedication in maintaining the country's resilience. The three medals are Satyalencana Ksatria Yudha, Satyalencana Jalasena Narariya and Satyalencana Dharma Samudra. President Jokowi has also provided scholarships for the children of the crew so that they can complete their education up to the tertiary level. In fact, the Defense Ministry has guaranteed them admission to Taruna Nusantara High School and the Defense University, two educational institutions within the Ministry of Defense.
After the sinking of KRI Nanggala-402, Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto hopes that the rejuvenation of the alutsista (main weaponry system) can be carried out immediately. The defense minister promised to immediately propose schemes and strategic steps to accelerate the rejuvenation of defense equipment. Apart from being presented to the President, this scheme will also be presented to the House of Representatives (DPR) in order to support the budgetary policy for defense equipment to an ideal number.