oa Scientia Militaria : South African Journal of Military Studies - Considerations on defence thinking in post-1994 South Africa with special reference to post-conflict reconstruction and development

Volume 40, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1022-8136
  • E-ISSN: 2224-0020



This article revisits some of the main arguments presented (in the South African context) since the late 1990s in relation to the regional security demands placed on the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on the one hand, and the configuration of the force design imposed on the SANDF on the other. These issues are of great relevance to the South African Department of Defence's recent (2012) official pronouncements and related defence thinking on the current and future external role of the South African military, specifically with regard to post-conflict reconstruction and development. The aim of the article is to examine the dynamics of recent years - philosophical and practical - that gave rise to the policy "move" or "shift" from (1998) to (2012). In addition, the article aims to analyse and discuss the new comprehensive guidelines for defence force design in the and reflects on some of the most important policy implications for the SANDF in this regard - specifically given the demands placed on the SANDF in the field of post-conflict reconstruction and development. The author contends that the Department of Defence has now gained a clearer idea or perspective of what the future role(s) of the South African military should be through the assessment of its function, principles and goals expounded in the .

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