Ministry of Defence
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Seal of the Cygnian Ministry of Defence
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The Defence Complex, headquarters of the Ministry of Defence
Ministry overview
Formed 18 September 1947 (73 years ago)
Preceding agencies Ministry of War
Ministry of the Navy
Jurisdiction Government of Cygnia
Headquarters Defence Complex, Northam, TS
Employees 742,000 (civilian)
1,301,300 (active duty military)
811,000 (reserve)
Annual budget £580 billion (2016)
Minister responsible Richard Marles, Minister for Defence
Agency executive Dennis Richardson, Secretary
Child agencies Cygnian Department for the Army
Cygnian Department for the Navy
Cygnian Department for the Air Force

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is an executive ministry of the Cygnian federal government charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government concerned directly with national security and the Cygnian Imperial Armed Forces. The Ministry of Defence is the largest of Cygnia's government divisions, with more than 2.8 million employees as of 2016. It is headquartered in the Defence Complex, located in Northam, TS.

The Ministry of Defence is headed by the Secretary for Defence, who reports to the Minister for Defence, the Ministry's representative in the Cabinet of Cygnia. Beneath the Ministry are three subordinate military departments: the Cygnian Department for the Army, the Cygnian Department for the Navy, and the Cygnian Department for the Air Force. In addition, four national intelligence services are subordinate to the Ministry of Defence: the Defence Intelligence Service (DIS), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Service (NGIS), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and the National Signals Directorate (NSD). Other Defence Agencies include the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Defence Logistics Agency (DLA), the Missile Defence Agency (MDA), the Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), and the Defence Security Service (DSS), all of which are under the command of the Secretary for Defence. Military operations are managed by the Chiefs of Staff Committee.

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