BY REGINALD RENAGI
A DEFENCE ORGANISATION without a built-in means of managing rapid change is without the means of its own preservation.
Experience over the years has revealed that the PNG defense organisation is not good at adeptly handling change.
Whilst the PNG Defence Force has come a long way since independence, major events in recent times have placed the professionalism of the force into doubt.
Serious cracks have shown in terms of way Defence does its business and the way it handles its people.
The pulse of endeavour in our country’s military is wavering as we face an undeniably serious personnel wastage problem.
Defence is confronted with the problem of revamping the whole organisation.
The truth is that the declining level of experience continues because good people do not feel strongly committed to this once proud and professional state security agency.
Unless Defense streamlines its processes to reduce frustration, people will continue to leave the services.
The PNGDF is becoming uncompetitive because it is not placing its people in an environment where they feel like winners.
Many service personnel perceive that the PNGDF is misunderstood by an uninterested public and increasingly cowed by a government which fails to recognise the uniqueness of the military and make allowance for it.
The first priority must be to reshape and refocus the whole defence structure and processes to better serve the aspirations of the kind of people it needs in future.
Defence needs a professional team of men and women – a highly educated, trained, motivated elite force endowed with social prestige.