About the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus

Tuesday, 10 January 2023 04:56
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The ADMM-Plus is a platform for ASEAN and its eight Dialogue Partners Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States (collectively referred to as the “Plus Countries”), to strengthen security and defence cooperation for peace, stability, and development in the region. The Inaugural ADMM-Plus was convened in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, on 12 October 2010.


Since 2017, the ADMM-Plus meets annually, to allow enhanced dialogue and cooperation among ASEAN and the Plus Countries in the midst of an increasingly challenging regional security environment.


The objectives of the ADMM-Plus, are:

  • To benefit ASEAN Member States in building capacity to address shared security challenges, while cognisant of the differing capacities of various ASEAN Member States;
  • To promote mutual trust and confidence between defence establishments through greater dialogue and transparency;
  • To enhance regional peace and stability through cooperation in defence and security, in view of the transnational security challenges the region faces;
  • To contribute to the realisation of an ASEAN Security Community which, as stipulated in the Bali Concord II, embodies ASEAN’s aspiration to achieve peace, stability, democracy and prosperity in the region where ASEAN Member States live at peace with one another and with the world at large;
  • To facilitate the implementation of the Vientiane Action Programme, which calls for ASEAN to build a peaceful, secure and prosperous ASEAN, and to adopt greater outward-looking external relation strategies with our friends and Dialogue Partners.


The ADMM-Plus has become an effective platform for practical cooperation among the participating countries’ defence establishments. The ADMM-Plus currently focuses on seven areas of practical cooperation, namely maritime security (MS), counter-terrorism (CT), humanitarian assistance and disaster management (HADR), peacekeeping operations (PKO), military medicine (MM), humanitarian mine action (HMA) and cyber security (CS).  Experts’ Working Groups (EWGs) have been established to facilitate cooperation in these areas. The EWGs are each co-chaired by one ASEAN Member States and one Plus Country, operating in a three-year cycle. Below are the key deliverables of the seven EWGs since its inception:






Maritime Security

  • ADMM-Plus MS Community Information-Sharing Portal (AMSCIP)
  • ADMM-Plus MS Field Training Exercise (FTX)
  • Table Top Exercise (TTX)
  • Maritime Security Seminar
  • Future Leaders’ Programme (FLP)
  • Combined ADMM-Plus Exercise on Maritime Security and Counter Terrorism (MS-CT Ex)
  • TTX
  • ADMM-Plus FTX on MS “Exercise Mahi Tangaroa”
  • Workshop on Counter-Piracy Operations
  • MS Conference
  • TTX
  • FTX
  • Two FLPs


  • ADMM-Plus CT Exercise (CTX)
  • Combined ADMM-Plus MS-CT Ex
  • SOP on Counter-Terrorism Task Force (CTTF)
  • TTX
  • FTX

Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

  • 1st ADMM-Plus HADR/Military Medicine Exercise (AM-HEx)
  • Standard Operating Procedures on Multinational Coordination Centre (MNCC SOP)
  • 2nd AM-HEx
  • TTX
  • Staff Exercise/Communications Exercise

Peacekeeping Operations

  • ADMM-Plus TTX on PKO
  • Regional Peacekeeping Capabilities
  • Joint Regional Workshop on Operational Challenges Facing the United Nations PKO
  • Workshop on Force Generations
  • ADMM-Plus HMA and PKO: Exercise Force 18
  • Workshop on Sustainable and Practical Cooperation
  • Workshop on Strengthening Cooperation through Exchanging Capabilities in Humanitarian Demining
  • TTX
  • FTX

Military Medicine

  • TTX
  • Disaster Needs Assessment Course
  • 1st AM-HEx
  • Finalisation of the TOR of the ASEAN Center of Military Medicine (ACMM) and the SOP of the ACMM for HADR
  • TTX
  • 2nd AM-HEx
  • ASEAN Military Medical Handbook
  • ASEAN Military Medicine Conference
  • 1st ADMM-Plus MM FTX

Humanitarian Mine Action

  • Workshop on Demining Operations
  • ADMM-Plus HMA and PKO: Exercise Force 18
  • FTX (co-located with ADMM-Plus EWG on PKO FTX)

Cyber Security

  • Points of Contact and Technical Personnel Directory
  • Glossary of Cyber Terminologies
  • ADMM-Plus EWG on CS Portal
  • TTX



The Concept Paper on ADMM-Plus: Principles for Membership, adopted at the 3rd ADMM, Pattaya, 25-27 February 2009 outlines the principles for membership to the ADMM-Plus process, as follows:

  • The Plus country shall be a full-fledged Dialogue Partner of ASEAN;
  • The Plus country shall have significant interactions and relations with ASEAN defence establishment; and
  • The Plus country shall be able to work with the ADMM to build capacity so as to enhance regional security in a substantive way in order to promote capacity-building in the region in the fields of defence and security.

ADMM-Plus Chair

The Chairmanship of the ADMM-Plus follows that of the ADMM and ASEAN.

The current Chairmen of the ADMM-Plus and the ADSOM-Plus are below:


Chairman of ADMM-Plus:

H.E. Prabowo Subianto

Minister of Defence



Chairman of ADSOM-Plus: 

Air Marshall Donny Ermawan Taufanto


Ministry of Defence



ADMM contact point: 

Brigadier General Steverly C. Parengkuan

Director for International Cooperation

Ministry of Defence


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