Ministry of Defence (Singapore)

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
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
Employees282 (2018) [1]
Annual budget 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 policy

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 divisions

Departments / Divisions [6]

  • Centre for Strategic Infocomm Technologies
  • Defence Management Group
    • Defence Psychology Department
    • Defence Finance Organization
    • Digital & Corporate Transformation Division
    • Manpower Division
    • SAF Counselling Centre
  • Defence Policy Group
    • Defence Policy Office
  • Defence Technology Collaboration Office
  • Defence Cyber Organisation
  • Industry & Resources Policy Office
  • Internal Audit Department
  • MINDEF Tele-Services
  • MINDEF/SAF Manpower Centres
    • Central Manpower Base (CMPB)[7][8]
    • MINDEF Human Resource Department
    • National Service Affairs Department
    • Naval National Servicemen Branch
    • Air Force National Servicemen Branch
    • SAF Careers Centre
    • NS Call Centre
  • SAF Formations
    • Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)
      • Air Combat Command
      • Air Defence Operations Command
      • Air Power Generation Command
      • Participation Command
      • Air Force Training Command
      • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Command
    • Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)
      • Fleet
      • Naval Logistics Command
      • Maritime Security Task Force
      • Maritime Training & Doctrine Command
    • SAF Military Police Command
      • SAF Detention Barracks
    • Singapore Army
      • 3rd Division
      • 6th Division
      • 9th Division
      • 21st Division
      • 25th Division
      • 2nd People's Defence Force Command
      • Training and Doctrine Command
    • Army Senior Specialist Staff Officers
      • Guards
      • Armour
      • Artillery
      • Signals
      • Commandos
      • Engineering
      • Transport
      • Supply
      • Maintenance & Engineering
    • Centre of Excellence for Soldier Performance
    • SAFSA
  • Singapore Armed Forces
    • The Joint Staff
      • C4 Command
      • Inspector-General of the Armed Forces
      • Joint Plans and Transformation Department
      • Joint Intelligence Directorate
      • Joint Operations Directorate
      • Joint Manpower Department
      • Joint Logistics Department
    • Foreign Military Liaison Branch
    • Headquarters Medical Corps
      • Army Medical
      • Naval Medical
      • Air Force Medical
      • Military Medicine Institute
    • Air Force Headquarters
      • Air Staff
      • Air Manpower Department
      • Air Intelligence Department
      • Air Operations Department
      • Air Engineering & Logistics Department
      • Air Plans Department
      • Air Training Department
      • Air Force Inspectorate
      • Air Force Medical Service
    • Navy Headquarters
      • Naval Staff
      • Naval Personnel Department
      • Naval Operations Department
      • Naval Logistics Department
      • Naval Plans Department
      • Naval Training Department
      • Naval Medical Service
    • Singapore Army Headquarters
      • General Staff
        • Personnel
        • Intelligence
        • Operations
        • Plans
        • Training
      • Combat Service Support Command
    • SAFTI Military Institute Headquarters
  • Singapore Maritime Crisis Centre
    • National Maritime Operations Group
  • Safety and Systems Review Directorate
  • Technology Strategy and Policy Office
  • Military Security Department
  • Training Schools

Statutory board

  • Publications:[9]
  • Pioneer
  • Air Force News
  • Army News
  • Navy: Beyond Horizons (Navy News)

Minister for Defence

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

See also


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