Ministry of Defence (Sri Lanka)
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|Jurisdiction||Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka|
|Headquarters||15/5 Baladaksha mawatha, Colombo 3|
|Annual budget||LKR 307 billion (2016) |
The Ministry of Defence (Sinhala: රාජ්ය ආරක්ෂක අමාත්යාංශය Rājya ārakshaka amāthyanshaya; Tamil: பாதுகாப்பு அமைச்சகம்) is the cabinet ministry of the Government of Sri Lanka responsible for implementation of government defence policy and acts as the overall headquarters of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces.
The Ministry of Defence states that its principal objectives are the formulation, co-ordination and the execution of policies in relation to the national security. With the end of the Cold War, the MOD does not foresee any short-term conventional military threat, the main threat to Sri Lanka having been the now-defunct terrorist organization, the LTTE). The Ministry of Defence also manages day-to-day running of the armed forces, contingency planning and defence procurement.
The National Security Council of Sri Lanka is the executive body of the Sri Lankan government that is charged with the maintenance of national security with authority to direct the Sri Lankan military and Police. The Minister of Defence and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff are permanent members of the National Security Council.
With Ceylon gaining independence in 1948, the Ministry of External Affairs and Defence was formed to administer the country's armed forces and formulate defence and foreign policy. The Prime Minister was also the Minister of Defence and External Affairs, and was supported by a Parliamentary Secretary for Defence and External Affairs who was a member of Parliament.
In 1977, J.R Jayawardena's government adapted two separate ministries, forming the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were formed. Since then many presidents retained the portfolio of Minister of Defence under him/her self, except for a few brief periods. In 1999 the National Security Council was established removing the direct control the military from the deputy Minister of Defence.
In 2011, the ministry was renamed Ministry of Defence and Urban Development.
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- Minister of Defence – President Maithripala Sirisena
- State Minister of Defence - Ruwan Wijewardene, MP
- Permanent Secretary – General Shantha Kottegoda
- Chief of the Defence Staff – Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne
- Chief of National Intelligence - Major General Jeewaka Ruwan Kulatunga
- Adviser to the Ministry of Defence - N. K. Illangakoon
Departments that come under the Ministry of Defence
- Sri Lanka Army
- Sri Lanka Navy
- Sri Lanka Air Force
- State Intelligence Service
- Sri Lanka Coast Guard
- General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University
- Defence Services Command and Staff College
- National Cadet Corps
- Department of Immigration & Emigration
- Department of Registration of Persons
- Department of Civil Defence (formerly the Home Guard Service)
- The National Dangerous Drugs Control Board
- Ranaviru Seva Authority (Veteran's Welfare Authority)
Ministers attached to the Ministry of Defence
Since the establishment of the MoD in 1978 the portfolio of Minister of Defence was held by the President of Sri Lanka, except for a few brief periods . However a minister oversaw activities of the MoD and the armed forces. Incomplete
Minister of Defence
- Tilak Marapana - Minister of Defence
Deputy Minister of Defence
- Mrvyn Kularatne - Deputy Minister of Defence 
- T.B. Werapitiya (former DIG) - Minister of Internal Security
- Lalith Athulathmudali - Minister of National Security
- General Ranjan Wijeratne - Minister of State for Defence
- D.B Wijetunga - Minister of State for Defence
- General Anuruddha Ratwatte - Deputy Minister of Defence
- Ratnasiri Wickremanayake - Deputy Minister of Defence
- Colonel C. A. Dharmapala (1 Sep 1977 — 15 Aug 1983)
- General Deshamanya D. S. Attygalle (15 Aug 1983 — 16 Feb 1990)
- General Cyril Ranatunga (16 Feb 1990 — 1 May 1993)
- Air Chief Marshal Walter Fernando (1 May 1993 — 6 Jun 1993)
- General Hamilton Wanasinghe (6 Jun 1993 — 10 Feb 1995)
- Chandananda de Silva (7 Dec 1995 — 5 Dec 2001)
- Austin Fernando (21 Dec 2001 — 3 Nov 2003)
- Cyril Herath (17 Apr 2004 — 30 Nov 2004)
- Major General Asoka Jayawardena (1 Dec 2004 — 25 Nov 2005)
- Lieutenant Colonel Gotabhaya Rajapaksa (25 Nov 2005 — 9 Jan 2015)
- B. M. U. D Basnayake (11 Jan 2015 — 8 Sep 2015)
- Karunasena Hettiarachchi (9 Sep 2015 — 5 Jul 2017)
- Kapila Waidyaratne (4 Jul 2017 — 30 October 2018)
- Hemasiri Fernando (30 October 2018 - 25 April 2019)
- General Shantha Kottegoda (28 April 2019 — )
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