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Encyclopedia > United States Secretary of Defense
United States Secretary of Defense

Official seal
Incumbent:
Robert Gates
First:
James Forrestal
Formation:
September 17, 1947
Presidential Line of Succession:
Sixth

The United States Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) is the head of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), concerned with the armed services and military matters. The role of the Secretary of Defense is to be the principal defense policy advisor to the President and is responsible for the formulation of general defense policy and policy related to all matters of direct and primary concern to the DoD, and for the execution of approved policy[1]. The Secretary is appointed by the President by and with the approval of the Senate, and is a member of the Cabinet. By statute the secretary must be a civilian who has not served in the active component of the armed forces for at least 10 years (10 USC Sec. 113 - Note that Congress had passed a law to allow George Marshall to be appointed in 1950 despite having only been a civilian since 1945). The Secretary of Defense is sixth in the presidential line of succession. Image File history File links United_States_Department_of_Defense_Seal. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2400x3000, 1378 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Robert Gates Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... Robert Michael Gates (born September 25, 1943) is currently serving as the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense. ... James Vincent Forrestal (February 15, 1892 – May 22, 1949) was a Secretary of the Navy and the first United States Secretary of Defense. ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... In military science, defense (or defence) is the art of preventing an enemy from conquering territory. ... The United States Department of Defense (DOD or DoD) is the federal department charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government relating directly to national security and the military. ... The United States Armed Forces are the military services of the United States. ... The United States Armed Forces are the military services of the United States. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... The Cabinet meets in the Cabinet Room on May 16, 2001. ... The United States Armed Forces are the military services of the United States. ... The United States Code (U.S.C.) is a compilation and codification of the general and permanent federal law of the United States. ... Type Bicameral Houses Senate House of Representatives President of the Senate President pro tempore Dick Cheney, (R) since January 20, 2001 Robert C. Byrd, (D) since January 4, 2007 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Members 535 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political... For other persons named George Marshall, see George Marshall (disambiguation). ... The presidential line of succession defines who may become or act as President of the United States upon the incapacity, death, resignation, or removal from office (by impeachment and subsequent conviction) of a sitting president or a president-elect. ...

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History

The position was created in 1947 when the Navy, Army, and newly created Air Force were merged into the new National Military Establishment. In the same massive reorganization, the Secretary of War was replaced by the Secretary of the Army and, along with the Secretary of the Navy and the new Secretary of the Air Force, became a non-Cabinet position placed under the Secretary of Defense. In 1949, the National Military Establishment was renamed the Department of Defense, which remains the current name of the department. USN redirects here. ... The United States Army is the largest and oldest branch of the armed forces of the United States. ... “The U.S. Air Force” redirects here. ... The Secretary of War was a member of the United States Presidents Cabinet, beginning with George Washingtons administration. ... Flag of the United States Secretary of the Army The United States Secretary of the Army has statutory responsibility for all matters relating to the United States Army: manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications, and financial management. ... Flag of the United States Secretary of the Navy. ... The Secretary of the Air Force is the civilian head of the United States Department of the Air Force, a component organization of the Department of Defense. ...


Organization

Within the U.S. Armed Forces, the Secretary of Defense is often referred to as SecDef. The United States Armed Forces are the military services of the United States. ...


The SecDef and the President together constitute the National Command Authority (NCA), which has sole authority to launch strategic nuclear weapons. All nuclear weapons are governed by the two-man rule, even at the highest levels in government. Both individuals must concur before a strategic nuclear strike may be ordered. The term National Command Authority (or NCA) is used in United States military and government circles to refer to the ultimate lawful source of military orders. ...


The SecDef, as the head of the United States Office of the Secretary of Defense, is assisted by a Deputy Secretary and five Under Secretaries in the fields of Acquisition, Technology & Logistics; Comptroller/Chief Financial Officer; Intelligence; Personnel & Readiness; and arguably the most important, Policy. All of these positions require Senate confirmation. The Office of the Secretary of Defense is part of the U.S. Department of Defense and includes the entire staff of the Secretary of Defense. ...


The Secretary of Defense also supervises the six members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the commanders of the ten Combatant Commands. Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States of America symbol The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) is a group comprising the Chiefs of service of each major branch of the armed services in the United States armed forces. ...


Along with the Secretary of State, the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Defense is generally regarded as one of the "Big Four" important cabinet officials. The United States Secretary of State is the head of the United States Department of State, concerned with foreign affairs. ... Seal of the United States Department of Justice The United States Attorney General is the head of the United States Department of Justice (see 28 U.S.C. Â§ 503) concerned with legal affairs and is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States government. ... The United States Secretary of the Treasury is the head of the United States Department of the Treasury, concerned with finance and monetary matters, and, until 2003, some issues of national security and defense. ...


List of Secretaries of Defense

# Picture Name Term of Office President(s) served under
Start End
1 James Forrestal James Vincent Forrestal September 17, 1947 March 28, 1949 Harry S. Truman
2 Louis A. Johnson Louis Arthur Johnson March 28, 1949 September 19, 1950 Harry S. Truman
3 George C. Marshall George Catlett Marshall, Jr. September 21, 1950 September 12, 1951 Harry S. Truman
4 Robert A. Lovett Robert Abercrombie Lovett September 17, 1951 January 20, 1953 Harry S. Truman
5 Charles E. Wilson Charles Erwin Wilson January 28, 1953 October 8, 1957 Dwight D. Eisenhower
6 Neil H. McElroy Neil Hosler McElroy October 9, 1957 December 1, 1959 Dwight D. Eisenhower
7 Thomas S. Gates Thomas Sovereign Gates December 2, 1959 January 20, 1961 Dwight D. Eisenhower
8 Robert McNamara Robert Strange McNamara January 21, 1961 February 29, 1968 John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson
9 Clark M. Clifford Clark McAdams Clifford March 1, 1968 January 20, 1969 Lyndon B. Johnson
10 Melvin R. Laird Melvin Robert Laird January 22, 1969 January 29, 1973 Richard Nixon
11 Elliot L. Richardson Elliot Lee Richardson January 30, 1973 May 24, 1973 Richard Nixon
12 Schlesinger James Rodney Schlesinger July 2, 1973 November 19, 1975 Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford
13 Rumsfeld Donald Henry Rumsfeld November 20, 1975 January 20, 1977 Gerald Ford
14 Harold Brown Harold Brown January 21, 1977 January 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
15 Caspar W. Weinberger Caspar Willard Weinberger January 21, 1981 November 23, 1987 Ronald Reagan
16 Carlucci Frank Charles Carlucci III November 23, 1987 January 20, 1989 Ronald Reagan
17 Cheney Richard Bruce Cheney March 21, 1989 January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
18 Les Aspin Leslie Aspin, Jr. January 21, 1993 February 3, 1994 Bill Clinton
19 William J. Perry William James Perry February 3, 1994 January 24, 1997 Bill Clinton
20 William S. Cohen William Sebastian Cohen January 24, 1997 January 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
21 Rumsfeld Donald Henry Rumsfeld January 20, 2001 December 18, 2006 George W. Bush
22 Gates Robert Michael Gates December 18, 2006 Incumbent George W. Bush

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Line of succession

In an Executive Order of December 22, 2005, President George W. Bush modified the line of succession regarding who would act as Secretary of Defense in the event of a vacancy or incapacitation as follows: The presidential seal was used by Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... An order of succession is a formula or algorithm that determines who inherits an office upon the death, resignation, or removal of its current occupant. ...

  1. Deputy Secretary of Defense
  2. Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
  3. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
  4. Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
  5. Secretary of the Army
  6. Secretary of the Air Force
  7. Secretary of the Navy
  8. Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
  9. Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and Deputy

The United States Deputy Secretary of Defense is the second-highest ranking official in the United States Department of Defense. ... Under Secretary Stephen Cambone The Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence is a position within the United States government that acts as the principal advisor to the United States Secretary of Defense on matters relating to intelligence. ... This is a position for policy in the defense department. ... The Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics is the title of a high-level civilian official in the United States Department of Defense. ... Flag of the United States Secretary of the Army The United States Secretary of the Army has statutory responsibility for all matters relating to the United States Army: manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications, and financial management. ... The Secretary of the Air Force is the civilian head of the United States Department of the Air Force, a component organization of the Department of Defense. ... Flag of the United States Secretary of the Navy. ...

References

Also see: 2002 (number). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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The Pentagon Force Protection Agency is a government agency comprised of both sworn police officers (PPD) and civilian CBRN technicians, as well as non-sworn civilian anti-terrorism investigative and physical security personnel, and is responsible for the protection of The Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense... The Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) is the criminal investigative arm of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Defense (DoD). ... Image File history File links United_States_Department_of_Defense_Seal. ... The Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics is the title of a high-level civilian official in the United States Department of Defense. ... The Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics is the title of a high-level civilian official in the United States Department of Defense. ... The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is an agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technology for use by the military. ... The Missile Defense Agency is the section of the United States governments Department of Defense responsible for developing a layered defense against ballistic missiles. ... The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) is the United States Department of Defense (DoD) agency responsible for performing contract administration services (CAS) for DoD and other authorized Federal Agencies. ... The Defense Logistics Agency headquarters building at Fort Belvoir The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is the largest agency in the United States Department of Defense, with about 22,000 civilian and military personnel throughout the world. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) is the U.S. Department of Defenses (DoD) primary source for assisting communities that are adversely impacted by Defense program changes, including base closures or realignments, base expansions, and contract or program cancellations. ... // The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) is a United States military training establishment which trains and enables military and civilian Department of Defense personnel in the fields of Acquisition, Technology and Logistics; including Leadership and Program Management. ... Business Transformation Agency logo The Business Transformation Agency (BTA) is an organization of the United States Department of Defense (DoD) responsible for guiding the Department’s business operations modernization. ... This is a position for policy in the defense department. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... The Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), as part of the United States Department of Defense, reports to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy through Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs). ... Under Secretary of Defense Tina W. Jones The Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) is the Chief Financial Officer of the United States Department of Defense. ... The Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), under the authority, direction, and control of the United States Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), is responsible for performing all contract audits for the Department of Defense (DoD), and providing accounting and financial advisory services regarding contracts and subcontracts to all DoD Components responsible... The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), an agency of the United States Department of Defense, provides finance and accounting services for the military and other members of defense. ... Under Secretary of Defense Dr. David S. C. Chu The Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness is a high-ranking position in the United States Department of Defense responsible for advising the Secretary of Defense on recruitment, career development, pay and benefits, and oversight of the state of... Under Secretary of Defense Dr. David S. C. Chu The Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness is a high-ranking position in the United States Department of Defense responsible for advising the Secretary of Defense on recruitment, career development, pay and benefits, and oversight of the state of... The Defense Commissary Agency is an agency of the Federal government of the United States which is under the authority of the Department of Defense. ... The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a civilian agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. ... ... TRICARE is the United States militarys health plan for military personnel and their dependents. ... The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), established by the United States Congress in 1972 and graduating its first class in 1980, is a center for military medical education and research. ... Under Secretary Stephen Cambone The Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence is a position within the United States government that acts as the principal advisor to the United States Secretary of Defense on matters relating to intelligence. ... Under Secretary Stephen Cambone The Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence is a position within the United States government that acts as the principal advisor to the United States Secretary of Defense on matters relating to intelligence. ... Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA) is a US Department of Defense (DoD) agency whose size and budget are classified. ... The Defense Intelligence Agency, or DIA, is a major producer and manager of military intelligence for the United States Department of Defense. ... This article is about the Defense Security Service. ... The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA, formerly known as the Defense Communications Agency) is a combat support agency of the United States Department of Defense (DoD) responsible for planning, developing, fielding, operating, and supporting command, control, communications, and information systems that serve the needs of the President, the Secretary of... The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is an agency of the United States Government with the primary mission of collection, analysis, and distribution of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) in support of national security. ... The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is one of the 16 intelligence agencies in the U.S. It designs, builds and operates the reconnaissance satellites of the United States government. ... For other uses of NSA, see NSA (disambiguation). ... The United States Armed Forces are the military services of the United States. ... Flag of the United States Secretary of the Army The United States Secretary of the Army has statutory responsibility for all matters relating to the United States Army: manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications, and financial management. ... Flag of the United States Secretary of the Navy. ... The Secretary of the Air Force is the civilian head of the United States Department of the Air Force, a component organization of the Department of Defense. ... Image File history File links Seal_of_the_US_Department_of_the_Army. ... The United States Army is the largest and oldest branch of the armed forces of the United States. ... Source: http://www. ... USN redirects here. ... Image File history File links Seal_of_the_US_Air_Force. ... “The U.S. Air Force” redirects here. ... Image File history File links USMC_logo. ... The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States military responsible for providing force projection from the sea,[1] using the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces and is one of seven uniformed services. ... Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States of America symbol The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) is a group comprising the Chiefs of service of each major branch of the armed services in the United States armed forces. ... A Unified Combatant Command is composed of forces from two or more services, has a broad and continuing mission, and is organized either on a geographical basis (known as Area Of Responsibility, AOR) or on a functional basis. ... The United States Federal Executive Departments are among the oldest primary units of the executive branch of the federal government of the United States—the Departments of State, War, and the Treasury all being established within a few weeks of each other in 1789. ... The office of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the mid-20th century. ... The United States Secretary of Health and Human Services is the head of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, concerned with The Secretary is a member of the Presidents Cabinet. ... The United States Secretary of Homeland Security is the head of the United States Department of Homeland Security, the body concerned with protecting the American homeland and the safety of American citizens. ... Seal of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development The United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the head of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, concerned with The Secretary is a member of the Presidents Cabinet. ... The United States Secretary of the Interior is the head of the United States Department of the Interior, concerned with such matters as national parks and The Secretary is a member of the Presidents Cabinet. ... Seal of the United States Department of Justice The United States Attorney General is the head of the United States Department of Justice (see 28 U.S.C. Â§ 503) concerned with legal affairs and is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States government. ... The United States Secretary of State is the head of the United States Department of State, concerned with foreign affairs. ... The United States Secretary of the Treasury is the head of the United States Department of the Treasury, concerned with finance and monetary matters, and, until 2003, some issues of national security and defense. ... The United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs is the head of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the department concerned with veterans benefits and related matters. ... The United States Secretary of Commerce and Labor was the head of the short-lived United States Department of Commerce and Labor, which was concerned with business, industry, and labor. ... The United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare was the head of the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. ... Flag of the United States Secretary of the Navy. ... The United States Postmaster General is the executive head of the United States Postal Service. ... The Secretary of War was a member of the United States Presidents Cabinet, beginning with George Washingtons administration. ...

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The Secretary is appointed by the President with the approval of the Senate, and is a member of the Cabinet.
In the same massive reorganization, the Secretary of War was replaced by the Secretary of the Army and, along with the Secretary of the Navy and the new Secretary of the Air Force, became a non-Cabinet position placed under the Secretary of Defense.
The SecDef, as the head of the United States Office of the Secretary of Defense, is assisted by a Deputy Secretary and five Under Secretaries in the fields of Acquisition, Technology and Logistics; Comptroller/Chief Financial Officer; Intelligence; Personnel and Readiness; and arguably the most important, Policy.
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