About Defence Science & Technology
Singapore is a small state with limited resources like land and manpower. Coupled with an unpredictable security environment and a lack of strategic depth, we face a tall hurdle in maintaining our borders and the safety of our people. Defence Science & Technology (DS&T) plays a key role in Singapore’s efforts to overcome these challenges by adapting its defensive capabilities to these unique circumstances.
Our future-facing stance on innovation and leveraging of tech as a force multiplier is crucial in the face
of ever-evolving security threats such as terrorism, cyberattacks, resource contamination and
Who Forms the Defence Science & Technology Sector?
Singapore’s first foray into defence tech was in 1966 with just three engineers in the Logistics Department. Today, the community boasts over 6,500 scientists, engineers and IT specialists who support Singapore’s defence through their expertise in various fields of knowledge with, the leading agencies being DSTA, DSO and the CSIT.
Our Defence Technology Ecosystem
Beyond the three agencies, there is a larger ecosystem that includes local industry organisations, local research institutes, and foreign partners in public and private sectors. These partnerships help us to further maximise our capabilities development. It also advances our defence diplomacy and relations, helping us gain access to technology, training, and test facilities.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR LEADING AGENCIES
DSTA is a top-notch technology organisation that drives innovation and delivers state-of-the-art capabilities to make the SAF a formidable fighting force.
DSO is Singapore’s largest defence research and development (R&D) organisation that develops critical and emerging technological solutions for national security in various scientific fields.
CSIT is the leading agency in applied research and development of products that harness cutting-edge digital technologies to advance Singapore's security needs, such as in cybersecurity and counter-terrorism.