The meetings of the ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting (ADSOM) and ADSOM-Plus will commence 12 February 2015, at JW Marriott, Kuala Lumpur and will end on Saturday, 14 February.
ADSOM gathers the senior officials of the ASEAN Member States, while ADSOM-Plus, in addition to the Member States, also include the Plus countries’ officials mostly from the defence ministries, in discussing strategic and practical cooperation.
ADSOM-Plus platform has thus far established six Experts’ Working Groups(EWGs) focusing on maritime security, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peacekeeping operation, military medicine, counter-terrorism, and humanitarian mine action. These EWGs plan and operationalize the activities approved by the ADMM (Ministers’ level) and are co-chaired by one Member State and one Plus country for a cycle of three years. The activities have contributed to greater interoperability between the armed forces as well as the capacity and capability building of the member countries.
The ADSOM and ADSOM-Plus are preceded by the ADSOM Working Group and ADSOM-Plus Working Group meetings held at Pulai Springs Resort, Johor on 22 to 24 January 2015.