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

Ministry of Defence
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Agency overview
Formed11 August 1970
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
Employees282 (2018) [1]
Annual budgetIncrease 15.47 billion (est) SGD (2019) [2]
Ministers responsible
Agency executives
  • Chan Yeng Kit, Permanent Secretary (Defence)
  • Joseph Leong, Permanent Secretary (Defence Development)
  • Teo Eng Dih, Deputy Secretary (Policy)
  • Adrian Chua, Deputy Secretary (Administration)
  • Quek Gim Pew, Chief Defence Scientist
  • RADM Frederick Chew, Deputy Secretary (Technology)
  • David Koh, Deputy Secretary (Special Projects)/Defence Cyber Chief
Child agencies



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


The SAF's declared mission statement 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]

Defence policyEdit

The aim of MINDEF's defence policy is to ensure that Singapore enjoys peace and stability, and that Singapore's sovereignty and territorial integrity are protected. Hence, diplomacy and deterrence form the twin pillars of defence. MINDEF develops and maintains good relations with other countries through diplomacy. These diplomatic efforts are wide-ranging and span many fields, not just in defence. At the same time, deterrence is presented by contributing to regional resilience and through the concept of Total Defence.

Defending Singapore In The 21st Century states that two key thrusts in the coming years will be to:

  • Strengthen dialogue, confidence-building and co-operation in the region and beyond.

As Singapore's neighbouring nations continue to evolve, they recognise the value of efforts to promote confidence-building, co-operation and dialogue on issues of common security concern. MINDEF thus develops extensive links with armed forces in the region and beyond. In addition, the SAF can also aim to help promote greater understanding and trust among regional and extra-regional armed forces by leveraging on these links to help strengthen bilateral and multilateral defence co-operation and dialogue, and participating in confidence-building efforts.

In light of a new security environment, Singapore faces a diverse range of new and unconventional threats. To tackle these challenges, all six tenets of Total Defence will thus be strengthened. The SAF will continue to maintain its conventional capabilities to ensure that the military component of Total Defence remains strong. At the same time, it will work more closely with other government agencies to develop an effective defence against new security challenges, especially the non-traditional threats that may arise.[5]

Departments and divisionsEdit

  • Singapore Armed Forces
  • Singapore Maritime Crisis Centre
  • Centre for Strategic Infocomm Technologies
  • Military Security Department
  • Defence Cyber Organisation
  • Defence Management Group
    • Defence Psychology Department
    • Defence Finance Organisation
    • Legal Services
    • Manpower Division
    • SAF Counselling Centre
    • MINDEF Scholarship Centre
    • Digital and Corporate Transformation Division
  • Defence Policy Group
    • Defence Policy Office
    • Public Communications Directorate
    • Information Directorate
    • NEXUS (Central National Education Office)
  • Industry Resources and Policy Office
  • Defence Technology Collaboration Office
  • Technology Strategy Policy Office
  • Internal Audit Department
  • Safety & Systems Review Directorate
  • Future Systems & Technology Directorate
  • MINDEF/SAF Manpower Centres
    • Central Manpower Base (CMPB) [6][7]
    • Air Force National Servicemen Branch
    • MINDEF Human Resource Department
    • National Service Affairs Department
    • Naval National Servicemen Branch
    • SAF Careers Centre

  • Publications:[8]
  • Pioneer
  • Air Force News
  • Army News
  • Navy: Beyond Horizons (Navy News)

Statutory boardEdit

Minister for DefenceEdit

Years in Office Minister
1965 – 1979 Goh Keng Swee
1979 – 1982 Howe Yoon Chong
1982 – 1990 Goh Chok Tong
1991 – 1994 Yeo Ning Hong
1994 – 1995 Lee Boon Yang
1995 – 2003 Tony Tan
2003 – 2011 Teo Chee Hean
2011 – Present Ng Eng Hen

See alsoEdit


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  4. ^ "About Us: Mission". Ministry of Defence (Singapore).
  5. ^ MOHAMAD SALLEH, NUR ASYIQIN. "ISIS threat has grown, says DPM Teo". SPH Digital News. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  6. ^ "CMPB to move to Upper Bukit Timah". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  7. ^ Chow, Jermyn. "New CMPB will be part of a mega-complex which will offer servicemen much more". SPH Digital News. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Publications". MINDEF/SAF. Archived from the original on 4 June 2018.

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