secretary of defense

The civilian head of the United States Department of Defense and a member of the cabinet, appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. The secretary of defense works with civilian and military advisers to formulate American military policies and make foreign policy recommendations to the president.

Nearby words

  1. secretaire,
  2. secretarial,
  3. secretariat,
  4. secretary,
  5. secretary bird,
  6. secretary of state,
  7. secretary-general,
  8. secrete,
  9. secretin,
  10. secretion

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