ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM)
- Established in 2006
- Meets annually
- Last Meeting: 11th ADMM, Clark, Philippines, 23 October 2017
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 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 Paper 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 currently in motion to establish the Direct Communications Link.
The 12th ADMM will be convened in Singapore, in October 2018.
For more information on the ADMM, please visit https://admm.asean.org
- Established in 2010
- Meets annually
- Last Meeting: 4th ADMM-Plus, Clark, Philippines, 24 October 2017
Consistent with the ADMM guiding principles of open and outward looking, the 2nd ADMM 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 management, peacekeeping operations and military medicine. To facilitate cooperation on these areas, five Experts’ Working Groups (EWGs) are established. Practical cooperation is now moving apace on the five priority areas. A new EWG on Humanitarian Mine Action was later established in 2013 following the endorsement of the 7th ADMM.
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 greater outward-looking external relation strategies with our friends and Dialogue Partners.
The ADMM-Plus has evolved into 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. Furthermore, the year 2013 set a historical milestone in the ADMM-Plus cooperation when 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 for the first time. 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 October 2013. 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.
The 5th ADMM-Plus will be convened in Singapore in October 2018.
For more information on the ADMM-Plus, please visit https://admm.asean.org