|Minister for Defence|
Seal of the Ministry of Defence
|Ministry of Defence|
|Style||The Honourable (formal)|
|Member of||Cabinet • National Security Council|
|Term length||At Her Majesty's pleasure|
|Precursor||Minister for the Army|
Minister for the Navy
Minister for Air
|Inaugural holder||John Dedman|
|Formation||19 September 1947|
74 years ago
|Deputy||Deputy Minister for Defence (principal deputy)|
Chiefs of Staff Committee (military deputy)
The Minister for Defence is the leader of the Ministry of Defence, an executive ministry of the Government of Cygnia. The Minister for Defence is a member of the Cabinet of Cygnia, and along with the Secretary for Defence holds significant power over the Cygnian military, second only to that of the Chancellor. The Minister for Defence is appointed by the President on the advice of the Chancellor, and is a member of the National Security Council.
The current Minister for Defence is the Honourable Representative Richard Marles, who took office and was formally appointed upon the opening of the 58th Congress on 3 January 2017.