Defense acquisition is the important area that involves a high budget and determines the national security, and in order to shore up the transparency,
efficiency, and specialty of the acquisition program, acquisition organizations and functions dispersed throughout 8 different institutions, such as the Ministry
of National Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, each military branch and the Defense Procurement Agency, were discontinued, and integrated into centralized
administration specializing in acquisition, Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) on January 1, 2006, with its main role such as the improvement
of defense capabilities, promotion of the defense industry, procurement of munitions.

“Defense Acquisition Program Act” was enacted along with the establishment of DAPA, and defense projects commenced pursuant to the relevant laws
and regulations. Also an open decision-making system where civil experts participate in major decision-making process in main projects, such as the Defense
Project Promotion Committee was introduced, leading to high transparency in defense acquisition program.

In addition, the integration of acquisition-related organizations enabled effective distribution of resources by each military service and weapon system,
and the establishment of preliminary research process for optimal conduct of program, and the introduction of IPT system (Integrated Project Team) that
rapidly identifies issues in the process of projects, are adding to the effective implementation of projects.

In addition, by abolishing specialization and affiliation system that had designated and limited specific companies to handle specific area, the monopolistic
industrial structure was transformed into competitive system that can sharpen industrial competitive edge, and the defense industry scale has exponentially
grown thanks to industrial policies that support export activities of defense enterprises, and promote investments in R&D.


DAPA is in charge of improving the defense capabilities of the nation, providing military supplies and fostering the defense industry.

First of all, we improve the defense capabilities of the nation by conducting research and developing, or purchasing the weapon systems which the armed
forces need to enhance their military power. We provide the army with weapon systems at best conditions and deliver them within the required time frame.
Based on this line of activities, we also develop and localize the production of advanced and complex weapon systems, thus promoting the national defense
science and technology.

In addition, when the National Ministry of Defense decides on the necessity of a wide range of military products ranging from weaponry to apparel, such as guns and
body-armor, which are required by military units, we conclude expert contracts and conduct the procurement of the military supplies while monitoring for the
complete and accurate fulfillment of the contracts. Our quality control activities are being strengthened so that our military can use high quality munitions.
As a result, in recent years, the rate of defects occurring in the military supplies has been decreasing.

Further, in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the defense industry, we have established a basic plan to nurture and support the manufacturing of
defense-related products, while also designing regional strategies for strengthening the export competitiveness and actively carrying out international
cooperation. To promote fast enhancement of national defense industry’s scientific and technological level, we are streamlining the related systems and
implementing policies to dynamize the civil and military technological cooperation, while also enlarging the base for easier access to the defense industry’s
R&D activities.

Moreover, since the establishment of DAPA we have continued to develop new areas of business, in addition to our already existing activities and responsibilities.
In 2009, the "Air Traffic Safety Certification Act for Military Aircraft" was enacted in order to secure the flight safety of military aircraft, and a related organization
was newly established to carry out professional air safety certification. In order to protect the technology, the Defense Industry Technology Protection Act was
enacted in 2016 to build defense technology protection systems. In accordance with the growth of the defense technology in Korea and the increase of exports,
the defense business base has been strengthened by the enactment of the Defense Technology Protection Law in 2016 and by the construction of a system to
protect the national defense industry technology.

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Strong Defense

that Buttresses the Future of the Republic of Korea

“Rapid Deployment of Up-to-date Weapon system”
“Nurturing Defense Industry on the Global Stage”

  • 7th Largest Defense Science Technology Powerhouse
    Defense Technology Level
  • 7-year Reduction in the Rapid Acquisition Period of Weapon Systems
    Rapid Acquisition Period of Weapon Systems
  • Two-fold Increase
    in the size of
    Defense Industry
    Defense Industry Sales (Trillion \)

Defense Acquisition Program +3S

  • State of the Art Spur Defense R&D Innovation
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    • Strategic Investment in Defense R&D
    • Public Open Innovation to secure
      cutting-edge technologies
  • Speedy Acquisition Innovate Acquisition Process
    for Rapid Deployment
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    • Formulating a New Acquisition Process
    • Enhance Efficiency in Acquisition
  • Sustainable Growth Build Defense Industry as
    National strategic Industry
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    • Creating Robust Defense Industry
    • Sharpen the competitiveness in Defense Industry Export