About the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM)

Monday, 06 February 2017 22:26


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 ADMM. Against this background, the Inaugural meeting of the ADMM was held in Kuala Lumpur on 9 May 2006.

The ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (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, as outlined in the Concept Paper for the Establishment of an ADMM endorsed at the Inaugural ADMM in Kuala Lumpur on 9 May 2006, are as follows:

• 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.


Cooperation in the ASEAN defence sector has grown steadily since its inception in 2006. Work in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR), in particular, has been progressing at a significant pace. The ASEAN Defence Ministers have adopted various concept papers to advance cooperation in HADR. Follow-up workshops on the ASEAN Defence Establishments and CSOs Cooperation in Non-Traditional Security and on the Use of ASEAN Military Assets and Capacities in HADR as well as a Table-Top Exercise on HADR were subsequently conducted in view of implementing these initiatives.

Similarly, cooperation in the area of peacekeeping operations and defence industry has moved apace with the adoption of the Concept Papers on the Establishment of ASEAN Peacekeeping Centres Network and on ASEAN Defence Industry Collaboration by the 5th ADMM in 2011. Initiatives on establishing ASEAN Defence Interaction Programme and an ADMM Logistics Support Framework were also adopted by the 7th ADMM in 2013. Implementation of these initiatives is currently underway.

Another important new ADMM initiative is the establishment of a Direct Communications Link, which was adopted by the 8th ADMM in 2014. The Link, when established, will be a practical confidence and security-building measure that aims to promote quick response cooperation in emergency situation, in particular relating to maritime security. Work is also currently in motion to establish the Direct Communications Link.


All ASEAN Member States, namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam are members of the ADMM.

ADMM Chair

The Chairman of the ADMM is the ASEAN Chair and its rotation follows the ASEAN chairmanship.

For the period of January – December 2019, the Chairman of the ADMM and the ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting (ADSOM) are as follows:

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