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Kang, Eun ho(Minister of DAPA)

Kang, Eun Ho
Minister of Defense Acquisition
Defense Acquisition Program Administration

Mr. Kang, Eun Ho is the Minister of Defense Acquisition, Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), Republic of Korea. In this capacity, he is responsible for oversight of DAPA’s extensive portfolio of Force Improvement Programs, procurement of military supplies, and defense industry promotion.

Mr. Kang graduated from Yonsei University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration in 1988 and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 1994. He then received a Master’s Degree in International Relations at Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management in 2004. Mr. Kang also earned a Master’s Degree at Duke University in 2005, and completed a doctorate course in Technology Policy at Yonsei University in 2015.

Mr. Kang joined the Civil Service in 1991 and started his career at the Military Manpower Administration in 1992. He also served at the Ministry of National Defense and Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission from 1999 to 2005.

Mr. Kang was assigned to DAPA in 2006, when the agency was founded, to serve as the Director of Defense Industrial Policy Division from 2006 to 2007. He was then appointed as the Director of Procurement Planning Team in 2007, and the Director of Acquisition Policy Division in 2008.

Mr. Kang also worked at the Office of the Secretary to the President for National Defense as the Assistant Secretary from 2008 to 2010. After being promoted to the Senior Executive Service in 2010, Mr. Kang returned to DAPA to serve as the Director General of Planning and Coordination Bureau until 2011, where he was responsible for the development and coordination of key policies and strategies of DAPA. He also served as the Director General of Guided Weapon Program Department in 2012.

He then became the first Director General of the Defense Technology Control Bureau, which was established in 2013, where he administered export control and defense technology security.

Mr. Kang was deployed to the Center for Strategic and International Studies of the United States as a visiting fellow in 2014. He then returned to DAPA in 2015 to serve as the Director General of Planning and Coordination Bureau. Mr. Kang was then appointed as the Director General of the Command and Reconnaissance Program Department in 2016.

From 2018 to 2019, Mr. Kang served as the Deputy Minister for Program Management, which was renamed as the Deputy Minister for Current Capabilities Program in 2019, where he oversaw programs for acquiring weapon systems, and related equipment, items and services for the Armed Forces. He then was appointed as the Vice Minister of DAPA on December 2019.

Mr. Kang became the first internally promoted Minister of Defense Acquisition on December 24, 2020.

Mr. Kang resides in Seoul with his wife, a son and a daughter.