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Secretaries of Defense

Current Secretary of Defense

Chuck Hagel

24

Feb 27, 2013 - Present

Chuck Hagel was sworn in as the 24th Secretary of Defense on February 27, 2013 becoming the first enlisted combat veteran to lead the Department of Defense. Hagel was elected to the United States Senate and represented Nebraska until 2009. While in the Senate, he was a senior member of the Foreign Relations.

Prior Secretaries of Defense

Leon E. Panetta

23

July 1, 2011 - Feb 27, 2013

Administration:
Barack Obama

Robert M. Gates

22

Dec 18, 2006 - July 1, 2011

Administration:
George W. Bush,
Barack Obama

Donald H. Rumsfeld

21

Jan 20, 2001 - Dec 18, 2006

Administration:
George W. Bush

William S. Cohen

20

Jan 24, 1997 - Jan 20, 2001

Administration:
Bill Clinton

William J. Perry

19

Feb 3, 1994 - Jan 23, 1997

Administration:
Bill Clinton

Les Aspin

18

Jan 21, 1993 - Feb 3, 1994

Administration:
Bill Clinton

Richard B. Cheney

17

Mar 21, 1989 - Jan 20, 1993

Administration:
George H. W. Bush

Frank C. Carlucci

16

Nov 23, 1987 - Jan 20, 1989

Administration:
Ronald Reagan

Caspar W. Weinberger

15

Jan 21, 1981 - Nov 23, 1987

Administration:
Ronald Reagan

Harold Brown

14

Jan 21, 1977 - Jan 20, 1981

Administration:
Jimmy Carter

Donald H. Rumsfeld

13

Nov 20, 1975 - Jan 20, 1977

Administration:
Gerald R. Ford

James R. Schlesinger

12

Jul 2, 1973 - Nov 19, 1975

Administration:
Richard Nixon,
Gerald R. Ford

Elliot L. Richardson

11

Jan 30, 1973 - May 24, 1973

Administration:
Richard Nixon

Melvin R. Laird

10

Jan 22, 1969 - Jan 29, 1973

Administration:
Richard Nixon

Clark M. Clifford

9

Mar 1, 1968 - Jan 20, 1969

Administration:
Lyndon B. Johnson

Robert S. McNamara

8

Jan 21, 1961 - Feb 29, 1968

Administration:
John F. Kennedy,
Lyndon B. Johnson

Thomas S. Gates

7

Dec 2, 1959 - Jan 20, 1961

Administration:
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Neil H. McElroy

6

Oct 9, 1957 - Dec 1, 1959

Administration:
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Charles E. Wilson

5

Jan 28, 1953 - Oct 8, 1957

Administration:
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Robert A. Lovett

4

Sep 17, 1951 - Jan 20, 1953

Administration:
Harry S. Truman

George C. Marshall

3

Sep 21, 1950 - Sep 12, 1951

Administration:
Harry S. Truman

Louis A. Johnson

2

Mar 28, 1949 - Sep 19, 1950

Administration:
Harry S. Truman

James V. Forrestal

1

Sep 17, 1947 - Mar 28, 1949

Administration:
Harry S. Truman

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