Kim Kwan-jin

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Kim Kwan-jin
Kim in October 2012
Kim in October 2012
Chief of National Security Council
In office
1 July 2014 – 21 May 2017
President Park Geun-hye
Hwang Kyo-ahn (Acting)
Moon Jae-in
Preceded by Kim Jang-soo
Succeeded by Chung Ui-yong
Minister of National Defense
In office
4 December 2010 – 30 June 2014
President Lee Myung-bak
Park Geun-hye
Preceded by Kim Tae-young
Succeeded by Han Min-goo
Personal details
Born August 27, 1949 (1949-08-27) (age 68)
Jeonju, South Korea
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 19.SKA-GEN.svg General
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Gwan-jin
McCune–Reischauer Kim Kwanjin

Kim Kwan-jin (Hangul김관진; 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. Archived from the original on November 29, 2010. Retrieved November 28, 2010. 

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  • (in Korean) [ Republic of Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff]
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