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Noun: Secretary of Defense
  1. The person who holds the secretaryship of the Defense Department
    "the first Secretary of Defense was James V. Forrestal who was appointed by Truman";
    - Defense Secretary
     
  2. The position of the head of the Department of Defense
    "the position of Secretary of Defense was created in 1947";
    - Defense Secretary

Type of: secretary, secretaryship

Part of: United States Cabinet, US Cabinet

Encyclopedia: Secretary of Defense