Defence Scientific and Technology Agency is also the adviser to MINDEF on science and technology matters and is also responsible to promote defence science and technology in Singapore.
Third, the defence research and development (R&D) arm of MINDEF and Defence Scientific Offices National Laboratories, which was corporatised in April 1997, is now brought under the ambit of DSTA as an affiliate company.
MINDEF and the joint staff and the three services, top executives have been designated as account managers or focal points for the respective customers and they are director (land), director (air), director (navy) and deputy chief executive (operations) for the Army, Air Force, Navy and MINDEF and Joint Service respectively.
Defence Science and Technology Agency is the procurement arm of MINDEF and will act for MINDEF on defence procurement matters, such as tendering, equipment selection, contracting and follow-on project management activities like design reviews and acceptance.
Peter Ho, in his keynote address has already outlined his vision for MINDEF in the new economy.
His career in MINDEF began in March 1971 when he returned from the University of Western Australia, Perth, where he had studied mechanical engineering under the Colombo Plan Scholarship.
At a media brief, Mr Koh emphasised the increasing risk of cyber threats and highlighted that MINDEF was an attractive target for malicious cyber activity.
The bug bounty programme allowed MINDEF to tap on a global talent pool of white hat hackers, who then were able to test our systems and find new vulnerabilities that we were not aware of.
MINDEF takes a serious view of cyber threats and the security of its systems.