Colonel Joseph H. Daves was U.S. Defense and Army Attaché to Indonesia from November 1998 to June 2003. He arrived in Jakarta six months after President Soeharto’s resignation and served as the senior U.S. military representative in Indonesia during the August 1999 East Timor consultation, the ensuing “scorched earth” campaign by Indonesian security forces, the nearly four-year sectarian civil war in Maluku, the August 2002 ambush deaths of American citizens in Papua, the October 12, 2002 terrorist bombings in Bali that resulted in the deaths of more than 200 persons, and the bloody separatist insurgency in Aceh. As principal advisor to the American Ambassador and Country Team, he was actively engaged with Indonesia’s top military and civilian leaders and travelled extensively throughout the archipelago.
Vol 3 covers the chaotic final days of General Soeharto's New Order regime, continuing turmoil under President's B.J. Habibie, Abdurrahman Wahid and Megawati Sukarnoputri – the violent separation of East Timor; civil war in Maluku; black operations in Papua; the bloody insurgency in Aceh; the advent of Islamic terrorism – and the election (and re-election) of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Vol 2 covers the assassination of army leaders, the communist massacre, General Soeharto's rise to power and consolidation of the New Order regime, the East Timor occupation, separatist insurgencies in Aceh and Papua, Soeharto's turn toward Islam and cynical efforts to preserve power during the late-1990s – setting the stage for the May 1998 riots and Soeharto's resignation – the subject of Vol 3.
Volume 1 in this three-volume set covers the Indonesian Army’s revolutionary roots, its fighting doctrine, and provides accounts of major operations – the independence struggle, consolidation of the Republic, military campaigns against CIA-backed regional separatists in Sumatra and Sulawesi during the late-1950s, the “liberation’ of West Irian and the “Confrontation” with Malaysia.