Meet the Team

Our nation’s top civilian defense and military leaders work hard for the American people every day.

Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan shakes hands with a sailor as two other sailors look on.

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan

The U.S. Secretary of Defense oversees the Department of Defense and acts as the principal defense policy maker and adviser.

Performing the Duties of
Deputy Secretary of Defense
David L. Norquist

The Deputy Secretary of Defense is in charge of the Defense Department’s day-to-day business. The primary responsibility is managing the defense budget and executing the Defense Secretary’s priorities.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the nation’s highest-ranking military officer and the principal military advisor to the president, the secretary of defense and the National Security Council.

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva

The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the nation's second-highest-ranking military officer, responsible for overseeing joint military requirements, representing the military in National Security Council deputies meetings, and performing other duties as directed by the chairman.