Accession Number:

AD1084350

Title:

Jakarta Knows Best: US Defense Policies and Security Cooperation in 1950s Indonesia

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report,14 Aug 2017,15 Jun 2018

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2018-06-15

Pagination or Media Count:

119.0

Abstract:

This thesis explores U.S. defense policies and security cooperation activities and agreements between the United States and Indonesia from 1950 to 1959, the first decade of Indonesias independence. It assesses the implementation and value of U.S. military assistance and training programs and the way defense policies influenced and contributed to both the development of the Indonesian military and broader U.S. foreign policy goals. This thesis argues defense policy makers in Washington, as well as attaches and senior commanders in the region, correctly assessed the importance of the Indonesian military to U.S. national objectives. This focus led to the successful implementation of defense policies over the course of the decade and solidified the military to military relationship. This enabled the U.S. to salvage the broader bilateral relationship nearly destroyed by ambiguous policies which supported both sides in a civil war inflamed by the CIA and State Department, who spearheaded a confrontational approach to Indonesia during the period. It concludes by arguing the very success of engagement-based defense policies made the U.S. military the primary vehicle through which foreign policy in Indonesia was implemented by the end of the decade.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE