Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III

Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III

The secretary of defense oversees the Defense Department and acts as the principal defense policy maker and advisor.


Lloyd J. Austin III is the 28th secretary of defense, sworn in on Jan. 22, 2021. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., Austin served 41 years in uniform, retiring as a four-star Army general after three years as commander of U.S. Central Command.

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Top civilian defense decision-makers work with the secretary to develop policy, operational and fiscal plans, manage resources and evaluate programs.