The Defence Matters Directorate was set up to consolidate and develop the defence function of the OPM, which has been in existence almost continuously since 1964. The Directorate now forms part of the Ministry for Home Affairs, Security, Reforms and Equality.  

Main Responsibilities

The main responsibilities of the Directorate are:

  • to provide objective technical and policy advice as well as timely analysis on all aspects of military matters affecting the Government’s defence policy;
  • to monitor and analyse the implementation of Cabinet decisions and Government policies on defence matters and to report on the extent to which policy and performance targets are met;
  • to develop new policy initiatives and concepts on all AFM matters with a view to improving the operational, logistic and administrative effectiveness of the AFM;
  • in liaison with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to manage bilateral as well as multilateral defence relations with other countries and international organisations.