The Secretary of Defense is the principal defense policy adviser to the President and
is responsible for the formulation of general defense policy and policy related to all matters of direct concern to the Department of Defense, and for the execution of
approved policy. Under the direction of the President, the Secretary exercises authority, direction and control over the Department of Defense. The Secretary of Defense is
a member of the President's Cabinet and of the National Security Council.
The Deputy Secretary of Defense is delegated full power and authority to act for the Secretary of Defense and exercise the powers of the Secretary on
any and all matters for which the Secretary is authorized to act pursuant to law.
Dempsey serves as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council. more»
Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., serves as the ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the
Nation’s second highest-ranking military officer. more»