The South Korean presidential office has announced a new government position to drive defence industrial development within the country.
The new role of 'defence industrial officer', which will report to the president's National Security Office, will help "foster the development of the national defence industry and promote export-oriented industrialisation", said the presidential office on 6 January.
It added that the post was established in line with President's Moon Jae-in's aim to position the national defence industry as a driver of the national economy and facilitator of the modernisation of the Republic of Korean (RoK) Armed Forces.
It is expected that the appointed officer, who has not yet been identified, will work closely with the Ministry of National Defense's (MND's) Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), which was formed in 2006 to oversee defence industrial development and military exports as well as procurement.
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