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Defense Acquisition Program Administration

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA for short) is an executive branch of the South Korean Government. It was established on January 1, 2006 under the Ministry of National Defense for the purpose of administering improvement projects of defense capability, the procurement of munitions, and the fostering of defense industries.[1]

Defense Acquisition Program Administration
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Emblem of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration
Agency overview
FormedJanuary 1, 2006
JurisdictionGovernment of South Korea
Headquarters54-99 Duteopbawi-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-833, South Korea
Agency executives
  • Wang Jung-hong, Minister
  • Yu Jeoung-yeol, Deputy Minister
Child agencies
WebsiteOfficial DAPA website in Korean
Official DAPA website in English



Ministers of the DAPA[2]
Name Took office Left office Note
Kim Jung-il(김정일) January 1, 2006 July 25, 2006
Lee Sun-hee(이선희) August 9, 2006 March 7, 2008
Yang Chi-gyu(양치규) March 8, 2008 January 19, 2009
Byun Moo-keun(변무근) January 20, 2009 August 16, 2010
Chang Soo-man(장수만) August 16, 2010 February 16, 2011
Noh Dae-Lae(노대래) March 18, 2011 March 15, 2013 Now Chairperson of the Fair Trade Commission
Lee Yong-geol(이용걸) April 15, 2013
Jeon Jei-guk August 7, 2017[3]
Wang Jung-hong August 31, 2018[4] Incumbent

Defense Acquisition Program Promotion CommitteeEdit

In order to deliberate upon and coordinate major policies, management of financial resources and other purposes for the promotion of defense acquisition programs, the Defense Acquisition Program Promotion Committee was placed under the control of the Minister of National Defense.[5] Through the Committee, with the minister of National Defense as chairman, project promotion methods and model decisions are discussed and adjusted and defense capacity improvement projects are implemented.

Major Projects[6]Edit

DAPA manages a variety of defense procurement projects. Examples of current and past projects include:


  • KAI KUH-1 Surion transport utility helicopter
  • KAI T-50 Golden Eagle family of supersonic advanced trainers and multirole light fighters, including the following variants:
    • T-50 (advanced trainer version)
    • TA-50 (lead-in fighter trainer and light attack version)
    • FA-50 (multirole fighter all-weather version)
    • T-50B (aerobatic specialized T-50 version for the ROKAF's aerobatic display team, the Black Eagles)




See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Government Organization Act (Article 33)
  2. ^ 방위사업청 역대 청장 from Official DAPA website in Korean
  3. ^ "Moon names new DAPA chief in effort to curb corruption". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 8, 2017. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  4. ^ Grevatt, Jon (September 3, 2018). "South Korea's DAPA announces new leadership". Jane's. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  5. ^ Defense Acquisition Program Act (Article 9)
  6. ^ 방위사업청 2013 브로셔(New Tomorrow DAPA)

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