Ministry of Defence (Singapore)

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The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF; Chinese: 新加坡国防部; Malay: Kementerian Pertahanan; Tamil: தற்காப்பு அமைச்சு) is a ministry of the Government of Singapore entrusted with overseeing the national defence needs of the Republic of Singapore.

Ministry of Defence
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Agency overview
Formed11 August 1970; 51 years ago (1970-08-11)
Preceding agency
JurisdictionGovernment of Singapore
HeadquartersMINDEF Building, Gombak Drive, Singapore
1°22′17.77″N 103°45′32.62″E / 1.3716028°N 103.7590611°E / 1.3716028; 103.7590611
MottoSafeguarding Singapore's Peace
Employees282 (2018) [1]
Annual budgetIncrease S$15.47 billion (2019) [1]
Ministers responsible
Agency executives
  • Chan Heng Kee[2], Permanent Secretary (Defence)
  • Joseph Leong[3], Permanent Secretary (Defence Development)
  • BG David Neo,
    Deputy Secretary (Technology)/Future Systems and Technology Architect
  • Elaine Ng, Deputy Secretary (Administration)
  • Quek Gim Pew, Chief Defence Scientist
  • Teo Eng Dih, Deputy Secretary (Policy)
  • BG Mark Tan Ken-Li, Defence Cyber Chief
Child agencies


MINDEF, together with the Ministry of Home Affairs, was created on 11 August 1970 by splitting up the then Ministry of Interior and Defence.


MINDEF's mission is to "enhance Singapore's peace and security through deterrence and diplomacy, and should these fail, to secure a swift and decisive victory over the aggressor."[4]

It has a policy of Total Defence which consists of Military Defence, Civil Defence, Economic Defence, Social Defence, Psychological Defence and Digital Defence involving the people, public and private sectors of the country.

Organisational structureEdit

MINDEF oversees a single statutory board, the Defence Science and Technology Agency. It is also the parent ministry of the Singapore Armed Forces, which is in charge of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), the SAF Military Police Command and the Singapore Army.[5]


MINDEF is headed by the minister for defence, who is appointed as a member of the Cabinet of Singapore. The incumbent minister is Ng Eng Hen.

No. Portrait Name
Term of office Political Party
Took office Left office Time in office
1Goh Keng Swee
9 August 196516 August 19672 years, 7 daysPAP
2Lim Kim San
17 August 196710 August 19702 years, 358 daysPAP
(1)Goh Keng Swee
11 August 197011 February 19798 years, 184 daysPAP
3Howe Yoon Chong
12 February 197931 May 19823 years, 108 daysPAP
4Goh Chok Tong
(born 1941)
1 June 198230 June 19919 years, 29 daysPAP
5Yeo Ning Hong1 July 19911 July 19943 years, 0 daysPAP
6Lee Boon Yang
(born 1947)
2 July 19941 August 19951 year, 30 daysPAP
7Tony Tan
(born 1940)
1 August 19951 August 20038 years, 0 daysPAP
8Teo Chee Hean
(born 1954)
1 August 200320 May 20117 years, 292 daysPAP
9Ng Eng Hen
(born 1958)
21 May 2011Incumbent10 years, 193 daysPAP

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Singapore Budget" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Changes in Permanent Secretary Appointments - 1 November 2019". Public Service Division. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Permanent Secretary Appointment - 28 Jan 2019". Public Service Division. 28 January 2019. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  4. ^ "About Us: Mission". Ministry of Defence (Singapore). Archived from the original on 5 September 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2009.
  5. ^ "MINDEF Departments". Singapore Government Directory. Archived from the original on 21 January 2017.

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