Minister of Defense (Saudi Arabia)
|Formed||10 Nov 1943|
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. 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 Al Saud was appointed Minister of Defense.
- Abdullah bin Sulaiman Al Hamdan (24 September 1934 – 10 November 1943) (head of the predecessor Defense Agency)
- Mansour bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (10 November 1943 – 2 May 1951)
- Mishaal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (12 May 1951 – 1953)
- Fahad bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (1957 – 1960)
- Muhammed bin Saud Al Saud (1960 – 1963)
- Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (1963 – 22 October 2011)
- Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (5 November 2011 – 23 January 2015)
- Mohammad bin Salman (23 January 2015 – present)
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