About the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM)

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The ASEAN Security Community (ASC) Plan of Action, adopted at the 10th ASEAN Summit, stipulates that ASEAN shall work towards the convening of an annual ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting. Against this background, the Inaugural meeting of the ADMM was held in Kuala Lumpur on 9 May 2006.

The ADMM is the highest defence consultative and cooperative mechanism in ASEAN. The ADMM aims to promote mutual trust and confidence through greater understanding of defence and security challenges as well as enhancement of transparency and openness.


The objectives of the ADMM, are: To promote regional peace and stability through dialogue and cooperation in defence and security;

  • To give guidance to existing senior defence and military officials dialogue and cooperation in the field of defence and security within ASEAN and between ASEAN and dialogue partners;
  • To promote mutual trust and confidence through greater understanding of defence and security challenges as well as enhancement of transparency and openness; and
  • To contribute to the establishment of an ASEAN Security Community (ASC) as stipulated in the Bali Concord II and to promote the implementation of the Vientiane Action Programme (VAP) on ASC.


Practical cooperation in the ASEAN defence sector has grown steadily since its inception in the areas such as maritime security, counter-terrorism, peacekeeping operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, military medicine, and defence industry. In promoting confidence-building measures, the ADMM has also adopted the Guidelines for Air Military Encounters and the Guidelines for Maritime Interactions. The following are the initiatives under the ADMM;

  • Logistics Support Framework (Brunei Darussalam)
  • ASEAN Defence Interaction Programmes (Brunei Darussalam)
  • ASEAN Direct Communication Infrastructure in the ADMM Process (Brunei Darussalam)
  • ASEAN Our Eyes (Indonesia)
  • ASEAN Defence Industry Collaboration (Indonesia)
  • ASEAN Peacekeeping Centres Network (Malaysia)
  • ASEAN Militaries Ready Group on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (Malaysia)
  • ASEAN Military Medicine Conference (Myanmar)
  • ADMM Guidelines for Maritime Interaction (The Philippines)
  • ADMM-Wide Training and Education Exchanges (The Philippines)
  • Network of ASEAN Chemical, Biological and Radiological Defence Experts (Singapore)
  • Guidelines for Air Military Encounters (Singapore)
  • ASEAN Defence Establishments and Civil Society Organisations Cooperation on Non-Traditional Security (Thailand)
  • ASEAN Center of Military Medicine (Thailand)
  • The Role of ASEAN Defence Establishments in Supporting Border Management (Thailand)


ADMM Chair

The Chairmanship of the ADMM follows the chairmanship of ASEAN.

For 2021, the Chairman of the ADMM and the ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting (ADSOM) are as follows:


Chairman of ADMM:      
The Honourable Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Retired) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof (MG Pehin Dato Halbi Yussof

Minister of Defence II 

Brunei Darussalam


Chairman of ADSOM: 

Brigadier General (Retired) Dato Seri Pahlawan Shahril Anwar bin Haji Ma’awiah (BG Dato Shahril Anwar Ma'awiah)    
Permanent Secretary      
Ministry of Defence  

Brunei Darussalam


ADMM contact point: 

Mr. Haji Adi Ihram bin Dato Paduka Haji Mahmud (Adi Ihram Mahmud)

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Strategy)

Ministry of Defence

Brunei Darussalam

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