Ministry of Defence (Singapore)
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Ministry of Defence Singapore

Ministry of Defence
MINDEF crest.jpeg
Agency overview
Formed11 August 1970
Preceding agency
JurisdictionGovernment of Singapore
HeadquartersMINDEF Building, Gombak Drive, Singapore
MottoSafeguarding Singapore's Peace
Employees282 (2018) [1]
Annual budgetIncrease 15.47 billion (est) SGD (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

The Ministry of Defence (Abbreviation: MINDEF; Malay: Kementerian Pertahanan; Simplified Chinese: ; Tamil: ?) is a ministry of the Government of Singapore entrusted with overseeing the national defence needs of the Republic 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."[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 structure

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.

No. Portrait Name
Term of office Political Party
Took office Left office Time in office
Goh Keng Swee
Goh Keng Swee
9 August 196516 August 19672 years, 7 daysPAP
Lim Kim San
Lim Kim San
17 August 196710 August 19702 years, 358 daysPAP
Goh Keng Swee
Goh Keng Swee
11 August 197011 February 19798 years, 184 daysPAP
Howe Yoon Chong
Howe Yoon Chong
12 February 197931 May 19823 years, 108 daysPAP
Goh Chok Tong
Goh Chok Tong
(born 1941)
1 June 198230 June 19919 years, 29 daysPAP
Yeo Ning Hong
Yeo Ning Hong1 July 19911 July 19943 years, 0 daysPAP
Lee Boon Yang
Lee Boon Yang
(born 1947)
2 July 19941 August 19951 year, 30 daysPAP
Tony Tan
Tony Tan
(born 1940)
1 August 19951 August 20038 years, 0 daysPAP
Teo Chee Hean
Teo Chee Hean
(born 1954)
1 August 200320 May 20117 years, 292 daysPAP
Ng Eng Hen
Ng Eng Hen
(born 1958)
21 May 2011Incumbent10 years, 60 daysPAP

See also


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

External links

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