|Formed||11 August 1970|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Singapore|
|Headquarters||MINDEF Building, Gombak Drive, Singapore|
|Motto||Safeguarding Singapore's Peace|
|Annual budget|| S$16.36 billion|
US$12.6 billion (2022)
The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF; Malay: Kementerian Pertahanan; Chinese: 新加坡国防部; Tamil: தற்காப்பு அமைச்சு) is a ministry of the Government of Singapore responsible for overseeing the national defence of Singapore.
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."
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.
MINDEF oversees a single statutory board, the Defence Science and Technology Agency. The Singapore Armed Forces, which is in charge of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the Singapore Army is a military component of the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF).
|Portrait||Minister||Term start||Term end||Political party||Ref.|
|Goh Keng Swee||9 August 1965||16 August 1967||People's Action Party|
|Lim Kim San||17 August 1967||10 August 1970|
|Goh Keng Swee||11 August 1970||11 February 1979|
|Howe Yoon Chong||12 February 1979||31 May 1982|
|Goh Chok Tong||1 June 1982||30 June 1991|
|Yeo Ning Hong||1 July 1991||1 July 1994|
|Lee Boon Yang||2 July 1994||1 August 1995|
|Tony Tan||2 August 1995||1 August 2003|
|Teo Chee Hean||2 August 2003||20 May 2011|
|Ng Eng Hen||21 May 2011||Incumbent|