Budi Gunawan vows to improve spy agency

The sole candidate for the spy chief position, Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan, vows to improve State Intelligence Agency (BIN) performance in order to optimize the agency’s role in the protection of national security.

The National Police deputy chief said during the confirmation hearing at the House of Representatives’ Commission I overseeing security and foreign affairs that he aimed to improve BIN’s professionalism, objectivity and integrity should he take helm of the agency as the country’s coordinator of intelligence affairs. He also wants to improve some aspects of BIN so that the agency could play a greater role in facing new global challenges.

“External threats that endanger national security are getting more complex, asymmetrical and have no certain patterns. BIN should improve its performance to make a better early detection system to prevent and tackle any threats that can endanger our national security,” Budi told lawmakers on Wednesday.

Several external threats include the political tension at the South China Sea, drug trafficking, cyber war, conflicts at bordering areas, terrorism financing and also the rapid spread of radical ideologies that have endangered the country’s well-being, he added.

Aside from improving early detection mechanisms and related equipment, the optimization of BIN’s performance would also consist of the improvement of BIN personnel capacity, resolving management and operating issues, as well as reforming organizational culture, Budi went on.

He also expressed plans to maximize the agency’s role in eliminating potential threats by supporting government development programs in line with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s Nawacita, the administration’s nine-point development agenda


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