ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM)

  • Established in 2006
  • Meets annually
  • Last Meeting: 7th ADMM, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, 7 May 2013 

The ASEAN Security Community (ASC) Plan of Action, adopted at the 10th ASEAN Summit, held in Vientiane on 29 November 2004, 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.
  • 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.

Cooperation in the ASEAN defence sector has grown steadily since its inception in 2006. In particular, cooperation in the issue of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) has been progressing significantly in the ADMM. The ASEAN Defence Ministers have adopted concept papers to advance the cooperation in this area and conducted series of activities including Workshops on the ASEAN Defence Establishments and CSOs Cooperation in Non-Traditional Security and a Table-Top Exercise on HADR.

In the effort to strengthen regional defence and security cooperation, the 5th ADMM adopted the Concept Paper on the Establishment of ASEAN Defence Industry Collaboration (ADIC) and the Concept Paper on the Establishment of ASEAN Peacekeeping Centres Network. The implementation of these Concept Papers is underway.

In the efforts to further strengthen regional defence cooperation, the 7th ADMM endorsed new initiatives on Establishing ASEAN Defence Interaction Programme and Establishment of Logistics Support Framework.

The 8th ADMM will be convened in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, in May 2014.

For more information on the ADMM, please visit https://admm.asean.org


ADMM-Plus

  • Established in 2010
  • Meets biennially
  • Last Meeting: 2nd ADMM-Plus,  Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, 29 August 2013

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.

In preparing for the establishment of an ADMM-Plus, the Concept Paper on ADMM-Plus Principles for Membership was adopted by the 3rd ADMM in Pattaya in 2009; followed by the Concept Paper on ADMM-Plus: Configuration and Composition and the Concept Paper on ADMM-Plus: Modalities and Procedures, which were adopted by the 4th ADMM in Ha Noi in 2010.

The Inaugural ADMM-Plus was convened in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, on 12 October 2010.

At the Inaugural ADMM-Plus, the Defence Ministers 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 Experts’ Working Group on Humanitarian Mine Action was recently established following the endorsement of the 7th ADMM.

The 2nd ADMM-Plus was convened in Brunei Darussalam, Bandar Seri Begawan, on 29 August 2013.

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:

In meeting the mandates of the ADMM-Plus Experts’ Working Groups (EWGs) to enhance practical cooperation, 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.

The 3rd ADMM-Plus will be convened in Malaysia in 2015.

For more information on the ADMM-Plus, please visit https://admm.asean.org