A defence minister or minister of defence is a cabinet official position in charge of a ministry of defence, which regulates the armed forces in sovereign states.
The role of a defence minister varies considerably from country to country; in some the minister is only in charge of general budget matters and procurement of equipment; while in others the minister is also an integral part of the operational military chain of command.
A defence minister could be titled:
- Minister for Defence;
- Minister of National Defence;
- Secretary of Defence;
- Secretary of State for Defence;
- Minister of War; or
- Some similar variation.