JAKARTA - Indonesian and Australian defense forces are analyzing the possibility of creating a joint anti-terror coordinating body to fight terrorism, Indonesia's Antara news agency said Tuesday.
Indonesian Army's Special Force (Kopassus) spokesperson Lt Colonel Thevi underlined that cooperation with Australia's elite Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) have had successful bilateral projects with joint training programs and exchanges of officers have been carried out with positive results.
With Australian Defense Attache Colonel John Gould and Australia's Intelligence School chief Lt Colonel Justin Roke's recent visit to the Kopassus headquarters, which is located in East Jakarta, Thevi stated that another form of the expanded cooperation scopes being explored between the two countries is the setting up of an anti-terror coordinating agency for the countries' elite forces.
Thevi also mentioned that Kopassus and the SASR are looking into the possibilities of cooperating on technical and psychological operations. Currently, Kopassus is planning to form a Special Operation Command similar to Australia's Special Operation Command or the Soccom.