Ministry of Defence
Kakweye Wungyi Htana
Seal of Myanmar MOD.jpg
Seal of the Ministry [1]
Flag of the Ministry of Defense (Myanmar).svg
Flag of the Ministry [2]
Ministry overview
JurisdictionGovernment of Myanmar
HeadquartersNaypyidaw, Myanmar
Annual budgetUS$2.289 billion (2013)
Minister responsible
Child agencies

The Ministry of Defence (Burmese: ကာကွယ်ရေးဝန်ကြီးဌာန; abbreviated MoD) is a government ministry in Myanmar (Burma), responsible for the country's national security and the armed forces (the Tatmadaw). The ministry has the largest share of the national budget among all government ministries, with a budget of $2.289 billion USD in 2013.[3] As part of the Burma Sanctions Program, the United States government prohibits its citizens from doing business with the Ministry of Defence of Myanmar or its affiliates.[4]


The Ministry of Defence also generates significant revenue from business interests, by owning and operating a large business conglomerate, the Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC).[5] MEC is owned by the Tatmadaw's Quartermaster General’s Office, and is a direct source of revenue for the Burmese military, even though earnings from MEC are not declared in the ministry's budget.[5]

Minister of Defence

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (February 2021)
No. Portrait Name
Term of office Political party Cabinet Ref.
Took office Left office Time in office
Bo Let Ya (Thakin Hla Pe).jpg
Bo Let Ya
1 August 1947 13 September 1948 1 year, 43 days [6]
15 Hla Min
(born 1958)
30 March 2011 7 September 2012 1 year, 161 days Military Thein Sein [7]
16 Wai Lwin
(born 1954)
7 September 2012 13 August 2015 2 years, 340 days Military Thein Sein [7]
17 Sein Win
(born 1956)
24 August 2015 1 February 2021 5 years, 161 days Military Thein Sein
Htin Kyaw
Win Myint
Mya Tun Oo during a meeting with Alexander Fomin on 17 August (cropped).jpg
Mya Tun Oo
(born 1961)
1 February 2021 Incumbent 1 year, 186 days Military Myint Swe


  1. ^ MOD Myanmar ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Ministries". Myanmar National Portal.
  3. ^ Nyein Nyein (15 January 2014). "Burma Defense Ministry Puts Forward Budget Request". The Irrawaddy. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Burma Sanctions Program" (PDF). Office of Foreign Assets Control. United States Department of Treasury. 29 January 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 February 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Economic interests of the Myanmar military". United Nations Human Rights Council. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  6. ^ "ကာကွယ်ရေးဝန်ကြီးဌာန". Myanmar National Portal. Archived from the original on 12 October 2019.
  7. ^ a b c "Ministry of Defence". (in Burmese). Government of Manmar. Retrieved 2 February 2021.