Forging intelligence cooperation in ASEAN

The 5th ASEAN Our Eyes (AOE) Working Group (WG) Meeting, hosted by Indonesia, was held virtually at the International Convention Centre, Jalan Berakas yesterday.

The meeting aimed at developing the initiative together, following the adoption of the standard operating procedures (SOP) of the AOE by the 14th ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) in December 2020.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Strategy) at the Ministry of Defence (MinDef) Haji Adi Ihram bin Dato Paduka Haji Mahmud represented Brunei Darussalam, in his capacity as the country’s ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting (ADSOM) WG Leader.

Representatives from the Joint Force Headquarters Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Directorate of Intelligence, Directorate of Defence Policy and Centre of Science and Technology Research and Development also attended the meeting.

The meeting discussed the current environment of terrorism in the region, the mechanism of the initiative and the practical implementation of the SOP. The meeting also saw the briefing on the ASEAN Direct Communications Infrastructure (ADI) updates by Brunei Darussalam.

The initiative aims to foster intelligence cooperation in the field of non-traditional security threats, including terrorism, radicalism, and violent extremism.

The Concept Paper on AOE was adopted by the 12th ADMM in 2018. Since then, the initiative has achieved several milestones, including the adoption of the Terms of Reference (TOR) in 2019 and the adoption of the SOP in 2020.

The 5th ASEAN Our Eyes Working Group Meeting in session