Ministry of Defence (Singapore) Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministry_of_Defence_(Singapore)

Ministry of Defence
MINDEF crest.jpeg
Agency overview
Formed11 August 1970; 52 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$16.36 billion
US$12.6 billion (2022)[1]
Ministers responsible
Agency executives
  • Chan Heng Kee,
    Permanent Secretary (Defence)
  • BG Ng Chad-Son,
    Deputy Secretary (Technology)/Future Systems and Technology Architect
  • Elaine Ng,
    Deputy Secretary (Administration)
  • Tan Peng Yam,
    Chief Defence Scientist
  • Teo Eng Dih,
    Deputy Secretary (Policy)
  • BG Mark Tan Ken-Li,
    Defence Cyber Chief
Child agencies

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, 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."[2]

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 structure[edit]

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).[3]


The Ministry is headed by the Minister for Defence, who is appointed as part of the Cabinet of Singapore. The incumbent minister is Ng Eng Hen.

Portrait Minister Term start Term end Political party Ref.
Goh Keng Swee 9 August 1965 16 August 1967 PAP logo variation.svg 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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Singapore Budget" (PDF).
  2. ^ "About Us: Mission". Ministry of Defence (Singapore). Archived from the original on 5 September 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2009.
  3. ^ "MINDEF Departments". Singapore Government Directory. Archived from the original on 21 January 2017.

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