Defence minister

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Russian defence minister Sergey Shoygu (center) with other defense ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in 2015.

A defence minister or minister of defence is a cabinet official position in charge of a ministry of defense, 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 Defense, Minister of National Defense, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State for Defence, Minister of War or some similar variation.


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