Minister of Defense (Saudi Arabia)

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Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, in his official position as First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis in 2018.

The Minister of Defense heads the Ministry of Defense (Arabic: وزارة الدفاع‎), a ministry in Saudi Arabia tasked with coordinating and supervising all major government agencies and federal departments of the government relating directly to national security and the Armed Forces of Saudi Arabia.


The ministry was previously known as the Ministry of Defense and Aviation (Arabic: وزارة الدفاع والطيران‎), founded on 10 November 1943.[1] The name changed to the Ministry of Defense on the death of Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz on 22 October 2011, when former Governor of Riyadh Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz was appointed to the post. Prince Salman became King of Saudi Arabia on 23 January 2015 and Prince Mohammad bin Salman was appointed Minister of Defense.[2]



  1. ^ "Royal Saudi Land Forces History". Global Security. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  2. ^ Ian Black (23 January 2015). "Saudi Arabia's new king promises continuity after death of Abdullah". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 January 2015.

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