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Transforming the Tatmadaw: the Burmese armed forces since 1988

CollectionsANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC)
Title: Transforming the Tatmadaw: the Burmese armed forces since 1988
Author(s): Selth, Andrew
Date published: 1996
Publisher: Canberra : Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, 1996.
Series/Report no.: Canberra papers on strategy and defence: No. 113
Before 1988, the Burmese armed forces, or Tatmadaw, suffered from many problems. Its major weapons and weapons platforms were obsolete, its logistics and communications systems were weak and operations were constantly hampered by a lack of essential supplies. While it could quell domestic political unrest and conduct limited counter-insurgency campaigns, it lacked the resources to perform most conventional defence roles. After taking over government in 1988, the State Law and Order Restoration Council undertook an ambitious programme to expand and modernise the armed forces. Since then, the Tatmadaw has almost doubled in size and acquired a wide range of new arms and equipment, mostly from China. This rapid expansion has placed the armed forces under considerable strain, however, and it will be some time before Burma's expanded order of battle is matched by a commensurate increase in its military capabilities. In addition, the Tatmadaw's continuing political role and lack of popular support raises serious questions about its professionalism and future cohesion.
ISBN: 731524012
Other Identifiers: b19349488

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