"We see that the TNI needs to be strengthened, and our country is very big, hence the nations resilience and defense are crucial," Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung stated at the presidential office here on Tuesday.
The head of state discussed efforts to strengthen the military with the ministers and high-ranking officials of the TNI.
The availability of the primary weapons defense system (Alutsista) should be prioritized as Indonesia is an archipelagic nation.
"Thus, in this context, the TNI should be strong and should have a strong Alutsista as well as soldiers who are ready for combat," Anung remarked.
TNI Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo and Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan attended the meeting on building the strength of the TNI.
Jokowi emphasized that the planning and expenditure on Alutsista must be calculated carefully.