About the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus)

Monday, 06 February 2017 12:00


Consistent with the ADMM guiding principles of open and outward looking, the 2ndADMM in Singapore in 2007 adopted the Concept Paper to establish the ADMM-Plus.The ADMM-Plus is a platform for ASEAN and its eight Dialogue Partners 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. The Defence Ministers then agreed on five areas of practical cooperation to pursue under this new mechanism, namely maritime security, counter-terrorism, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peacekeeping operations and military medicine. To facilitate cooperation on these areas,  Experts' Working Groups (EWGs) are established.

In 2013, a new priority area of humanitarian mine action was agreed and the EWGs on Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) was established following the endorsement of the 7th ADMM in Brunei Darussalam on 7 May 2013.

Practical cooperation has been moving apace on the six priority areas. Since 2016, the priority area has been expanded to include cyber security and the EWG on Cyber Security has been established following the endorsement of the 10th ADMM in Vientiane, Lao PDR, on 25 May 2016.

The 3rd ADMM-Plus was convened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 4 November 2015. 

The 4th ADMM-Plus was convened in Clark, Pampanga. the Philippines, on 24 October 2017. 


The objectives of the ADMM-Plus, as outlined in the ADMM-Plus Concept Paper, adopted by the Second ADMM, Singapore, 13-15 November 2007, are as follows:

• To benefit ASEAN member countries in building capacity to address shared security challenges, while cognisant of the differing capacities of various ASEAN countries;
• 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 countries 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 greateroutward-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.

In 2012, the ADMM-Plus EWG on Military Medicine and Maritime Security conducted a Table-Top Exercise in July and September 2012 respectively. The year 2013 set a historical milestone in the ADMM-Plus cooperation when for the first time the military of ASEAN and the Plus countries joined together to conduct practical exercises in the areas of HADR, military medicine, counter-terrorism and maritime security. The ADMM-Plus HADR/Military Medicine Exercise was held in Brunei Darussalam from 17-20 June 2013, followed by the ADMM-Plus Counterterrorism Exercise (CTX) in Sentul, Indonesia from 9-13 September 2013, and the ADMM-Plus Maritime Security Field Training Exercise, in Sydney, Australia, from 28 September-1 October2013. In 2014, a Table-Top Exercise under the framework of the ADMM-Plus Experts’ Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations was held in Manila, Philippines from 11-14 February.

Emulating this success, four live exercises were counducted in the second ADMM-Plus three-year cycle of 2014-2017, namely, the ADMM-Plus Humanitarian Mine Action and Peacekeeping Operations: Exercise Force 18 in Pune, India, on 2-8 March 2016, the ADMM-Plus Maritime Security and Counterterrorism Exercise in Brunei Darussalam and Singapore on 2-12 May 2016, the ADMM-Plus Military Medicine and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Exercise (AMHEx) in Chonburi Province, Thailand, on 1-11 September 2016 and the ADMM-Plus Maritime Security Exercise: Exercise Mahi Tangaroa in Auckland, New Zealand from 13-16 November 2016.


The Concept Paper on ADMM-Plus: Principles for Membership, adopted at the Third ADMM, Pattaya, 25-27 February 2009 stipulated 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.

The ADMM-Plus countries include ten ASEAN Member States, namely, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam, and eight Plus countries, namely Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, ROK, Russian Federation, and the United States.

ADMM-Plus Chair

As stipulated in the Concept Paper on the ADMM-Plus: Modalities and Procedures adopted by the Fourth ADMM, Ha Noi, 11 May 2010, the Chairmanship of the ADMM-Plus shall follow the Chairmanship of the ADMM.

The current Chairman of the ADMM-Plus and the ADSOM-Plus are as follows:

Chairman of ADMM-Plus: 
H.E. Gen. Prawit Wongsuwon
Deputy Prime Minister / Minister of Defence
Kingdom of Thailand 
Chairman of ADSOM-Plus: 
General Natt Intaracharoen
Permanent Secretary for Defence
Ministry of Defence
Kingdom of Thailand 
ADMM-Plus contact point: 
General Raksak Rojphimphun (ADSOM-Plus Working Group Leader) 
Director-General, Office of Policy and Planning,
Ministry of Defence
Kingdom of Thailand