About the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM)
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.