|Formed||11 August 1970|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Singapore|
|Headquarters||MINDEF Building, Gombak Drive, Singapore|
|Motto||Safeguarding Singapore's Peace|
|Employees||282 (2018) |
|Annual budget||15.47 billion (est) SGD (2019) |
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'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. 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.
MINDEF is headed by the Minister for Defence, who is appointed as a member of the Cabinet of Singapore.
|Term of office||Political Party|
|Took office||Left office||Time in office|
|1||Goh Keng Swee|
|9 August 1965||16 August 1967||2 years, 7 days||PAP|
|2||Lim Kim San|
|17 August 1967||10 August 1970||2 years, 358 days||PAP|
|(1)||Goh Keng Swee|
|11 August 1970||11 February 1979||8 years, 184 days||PAP|
|3||Howe Yoon Chong|
|12 February 1979||31 May 1982||3 years, 108 days||PAP|
|4||Goh Chok Tong|
|1 June 1982||30 June 1991||9 years, 29 days||PAP|
|5||Yeo Ning Hong||1 July 1991||1 July 1994||3 years, 0 days||PAP|
|6||Lee Boon Yang|
|2 July 1994||1 August 1995||1 year, 30 days||PAP|
|1 August 1995||1 August 2003||8 years, 0 days||PAP|
|8||Teo Chee Hean|
|1 August 2003||20 May 2011||7 years, 292 days||PAP|
|9||Ng Eng Hen|
|21 May 2011||Incumbent||10 years, 60 days||PAP|