Ministry of National Defense (Republic of China)

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Ministry of National Defense
ROC Ministry of National Defense Flag.svg
Flag of the Ministry of National Defense
ROC Ministry of National Defense Seal.svg
Emblem of the Ministry of National Defense
Agency overview
Formed 1912 (as Ministry of War)
1946 (as MND)
Jurisdiction  Republic of China
Headquarters Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Republic of China
Ministers responsible
Parent agency Executive Yuan

The Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of China (MND; Chinese: 中華民國國防部; pinyin: Zhōnghuá Mínguó Guófángbù) is a cabinet-level agency under the Executive Yuan of the Republic of China responsible for all defense and military affairs of Taiwan. The MND is currently headed by Minister Kao Kuang-chi.


ROC Ministry of National Defense headquarters
ROC Ministry of National Defense former headquarters

The MND was originally established as Ministry of War in 1912 at the creation of the Republic of China. It was changed to the Ministry of National Defense in 1946. The Law of National Defense and the Organic Law of the ministry were officially promulgated for implementation on 1 March 2002.[4]

On 8 December 2014, the ministry moved out from its building from the previous one at Zhongzheng District to the current one in Dazhi area at Zhongshan District, where it houses the Air Force Command Headquarters, Navy Command Headquarters and Hengshan Military Command Center.[5] The completion of the building had been delayed for nearly two decades due to the compound original architecture and the bankruptcy of the project's original contractor. The planning for the new building and relocation had been done since 1997.[6] The official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on 27 December 2014.[7]

Headquarter building[edit]

The headquarter building of the military is located in Dazhi area of Zhongshan District in Taipei. The 8-story main building was constructed at a cost of NT$15.8 billion, spreading over 19.5 hectares of area, which houses office buildings, dormitories and other facilities, such as post office, barbershop, sports center, conference hall and sport center to accommodate its 3,000 military personnel stationed there. It also includes several annex buildings around.[8]

Security features of the building including fingerprint and eye scanners that restrict access to certain areas, sensors that can detect vehicles in the unauthorized areas and that may carry explosives and bollards on the compound to block unauthorized vehicles. The compound also has eco-friendly features, such as stone walls, aluminum and low-emission exterior glass panels. The central air conditioning system is provided by ice storage system to reduce peak load electricity demand. The building also has rainwater collecting facilities which can store up to 1,000 tons of water, complete with its waste water treatment and filtering systems.[7]

Organizational structure[edit]

Air Force Command Headquarters
Procurement Office

Military institutions[edit]

  • Armed Forces Reserve Command (後備指揮部)
  • Military Police Command (憲兵指揮部)

Military authorities[edit]

  • Army Command Headquarters (陸軍司令部)
  • Navy Command Headquarters (海軍司令部)
  • Air Force Command Headquarters (空軍司令部)

Headquarter departments[edit]

  • Department of Strategic Planning
  • Department of Resources Planning
  • Department of Military Justice
  • Department of Integrated Assessment
  • Office of the Inspector General
  • All-out Defense Mobilization Office
  • Procurement Office
  • Administration Office
  • Personnel Office
  • Ethics Office
  • Accounting Office

Secondary or Affiliated authorities[edit]

General Staff Headquarters[edit]

  • Office for Personnel of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff
  • Office for Intelligence of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff
  • Office for Operations and Planning of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff
  • Office for Logistics of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff
  • Office for Communications, Electronics and Information of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff
  • Office for Training of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff [9]
  • Informative and Electronic Operations Command of the General Staff
  • Missile Command of the General Staff

List of Ministers of War[edit]

Duan Qirui, the 1st Minister of War









List of Ministers of National Defence and Chiefs of the General Staff[edit]

Pai Chung-hsi, the 1st Minister of National Defense
Kao Kuang-chi, the incumbent Minister of National Defense

1. Minister of National Defense (歷代國防部長):

2. Chief of the General Staff (歷代參謀總長):

Army Gen. Chen Cheng, the 1st Chief of the General Staff
Army Gen. Yen Teh-fa, the incumbent Chief of the General Staff


The MND building is accessible within walking distance North from Xiaonanmen Station of the Taipei Metro.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Representative to Indonesia named to MND deputy post". Taipei Times. 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2014-05-07.  line feed character in |title= at position 19 (help)
  2. ^ "Cabinet names new deputy defense minister | Politics | FOCUS TAIWAN - CNA ENGLISH NEWS". 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  3. ^ "Jakarta envoy tapped for deputy defense minister". The China Post. 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  4. ^ John Pike. "Ministry of National Defense". 
  5. ^ "Defense Ministry's new compound to be officially opened Dec. 8". 
  6. ^ "Defense minister raises flag at new ministry compound". 
  7. ^ a b "Defense Ministry's new headquarters officially opens". 
  8. ^ "Taipei military complex opened". 
  9. ^

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