What is a Defence Minister?

Introduction

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.

Background

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.
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