Kim Kwan-jin

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Kwan-jin
Kim in October 2012, visiting the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.
Kim in October 2012, visiting the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.
Minister of National Defense of Republic of Korea
Assumed office
November 26, 2010
President Lee Myung Bak (2010–2013)
Park Geun-hye (2013–present)
Preceded by Kim Tae-young
Personal details
Born Kim Kwan-jin
August 27, 1949 (1949-08-27) (age 65)
Nationality South Korean
Alma mater Korea Military Academy (B.S.)
Awards Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit
Military service
Allegiance  South Korea
Service/branch Republic of Korea Army
Rank 대장.JPG General
Kim Kwan-jin
Hangul 김관진
Revised Romanization Gim Gwan-jin
McCune–Reischauer Kim Kwanjin

Kim Kwan-jin (Hangul: 김관진; hanja: 金寬鎭; born August 27, 1949) is Chief of The National Security Office in South Korea, following his appointment in the year of 2014. He was previously the 33rd Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the South Korean armed forces and the Minister of National Defense.



Kim previously served as Commanding General, 35th Infantry Division (1999–2000), Commanding General, II Corps (2002–2004), and Chief Director, Joint Operations Headquarters, Joint Chiefs of Staff (2004–2005). He was promoted to four-star general and assumed command of Third ROK Army in 2005.

In 2006, he became the 33rd Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, replacing General Lee Sang-hee.

On March 28, 2008, he was replaced by General Kim Tae-young.

Following incidents of the bombardment of Yeonpyeong, he was selected to replace Kim Tae-young as a new National Defense Minister of the Republic of Korea on November 26, 2010.[1]

After the end of President Lee Myung-bak's term in office in February 2013, incoming President Park Geun-hye decided to retain Kim in his post of Defense Minister after Park's nominee Kim Byung-kwan was forced to resign under pressure over a series of alleged ethical lapses and North Korea's repeated war threats.


  1. ^ "S Korea names Kim Kwan-jin, former JCS chief, as new defense minister". Xinhua. November 28, 2010. Retrieved November 28, 2010. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Lee Sang-hee
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Chief Director of the Joint Defense Headquarters

Succeeded by
Kim Tae-young
Preceded by
Kim Tae-young
Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense
Succeeded by
Han Min-goo