Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Defence

Responsibilities

The Secretary of State for Defence has overall responsibility for the business of the department including:

  • strategic operations and operational strategy, including membership of the National Security Council
  • defence planning, programme and resource allocation
  • strategic international partnerships: US, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, NATO
  • nuclear operations, policy and organisations
  • strategic communications

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP was appointed Secretary of State for Defence on 2 November 2017. He was Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury) from 14 July 2016 to 2 November 2017.

He was elected Conservative MP for South Staffordshire in May 2010.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP

    • 2014 to 2017
  2. The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP

    • 2011 to 2014
  3. The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP

    • 2010 to 2011

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  1. Update: air strikes against Daesh

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  2. The Military division of the Queen's birthday honours list 2018

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  3. Defence Secretary announces new UK deployments

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  4. Britain’s most advanced jets touch down on home soil

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  5. Raising the Bar for Regional Security Cooperation

    • Speech
  6. D-Day veterans invited to register for 75th Anniversary

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  7. Defence Secretary outlines plans for Indo-Pacific security at global summit

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  8. UK poised for take-off on ambitious Defence Space Strategy with personnel boost

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  9. Defence Secretary praises troops about to embark on countering elephant and rhino poaching operation

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  10. British Army’s new air defence missile blasts airborne target by Baltic Sea

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