List of current defence ministers

This is a list of current defence ministers of the 193 United Nations member states, Holy See (Vatican City) and the State of Palestine.

Defence ministers of sovereign countries with limited recognition are included in a separate table.

States recognised by the United NationsEdit

State List Defence minister Political affiliation Assumed office
  Afghanistan List Mullah Yaqoob (acting) Taliban 7 September 2021
  Albania List Niko Peleshi Socialist Party of Albania 31 December 2020
  Algeria Abdelmadjid Tebboune (also President) National Liberation Front 19 December 2019
  Andorra
  Angola João Ernesto dos Santos Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola 2020
  Antigua and Barbuda
  Argentina List Jorge Taiana Justicialist Party 10 August 2021
  Armenia List Suren Papikyan Civil Contract 15 November 2021
  Australia List Richard Marles Labor Party of Australia 1 June 2022
  Austria List Klaudia Tanner Austrian People's Party 7 January 2020
  Azerbaijan List Colonel General Zakir Hasanov New Azerbaijan Party 22 October 2013
  Bahamas
  Bahrain Major-General Yusuf bin Ahmed Al Jalahma
  Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina Bangladesh Awami League
  Barbados Mia Mottley Barbados Labour Party 26 May 2018
  Belarus List Viktor Khrenin Independent 20 January 2020
  Belgium List Ludivine Dedonder Socialist Party 1 October 2020
  Belize Florencio Marin, Jr. United Democratic Party 13 November 2020
  Benin Denis Ali Yerima
  Bhutan
  Bolivia Ruben Aldo Saavedra Soto
  Bosnia and Herzegovina List Sifet Podžić Democratic Front 23 December 2019
  Botswana List Shaw Kgathi Botswana Democratic Party 31 October 2014
  Brazil List Paulo Sérgio Nogueira de Oliveira 30 March 2021
  Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah (also Sultan) 7 September 1986
  Bulgaria List Dragomir Zakov Independent 1 March 2022
  Burkina Faso Vacant TBD 24 January 2022
  Burundi Emmanuel Ntahomvukiye 25 May 2015
  Cambodia List General Tea Banh Cambodian People's Party 27 June 2006
  Cameroon Joseph Beti Assomo Cameroon People's Democratic Movement 2 October 2015
  Canada List Anita Anand Liberal Party of Canada 26 October 2021
  Cape Verde Jorge Tolentino
  Central African Republic General Thomas Theophile Tchimangoa
  Chad Daoud Tchari
  Chile List Maya Fernández Socialist Party of Chile 11 March 2022
  China List General Wei Fenghe 19 March 2018
  Colombia List Iván Velásquez Gómez Independent 7 August 2022
  Comoros
  Republic of the Congo Charles Mondjo 25 September 2012
  Democratic Republic of the Congo Alexandre Luba Ntambo 28 April 2012
  Costa Rica[nb 1] Michael Soto Rojas 9 May 2018
  Ivory Coast Patrick Achi (acting) 8 March 2021
  Croatia List Mario Banožić Croatian Democratic Union 23 July 2020
  Cuba List Corps General Álvaro López Miera 15 April 2021
  Cyprus List Demetris Eliades 14 July 2011
  Czechia List Jana Černochová Civic Democratic Party 17 December 2021
  Denmark List Morten Bødskov Social Democrats 4 February 2022
  Djibouti Hassan Darar Houffaneh
  Dominica
  Dominican Republic Luciano Díaz Morfa 16 August 2020
  East Timor Filomeno da Paixão de Jesus 9 July 2018
  Ecuador Luis Hernández Peñaherrera 18 October 2021
  Egypt List Lieutenant General Mohamed Ahmed Zaki Independent 14 June 2018
  El Salvador List René Merino Monroy 1 June 2019
  Equatorial Guinea Victoriano Bibang Nsue Okomo
  Eritrea Filipos Woldeyohannes 2014
  Estonia List Hanno Pevkur Estonian Reform Party 18 July 2022
  Ethiopia Abraham Belay 6 October 2021
  Fiji Inia Seruiratu 16 April 2020
  Finland List Antti Kaikkonen Centre Party 29 May 2015
  France List Sébastien Lecornu La République En Marche! 20 May 2022
  Gabon Ernest Mpouho Epigat
  Gambia Sheikh Omar Faye Independent 22 August 2019
  Georgia List Juansher Burchuladze Georgian Dream 22 February 2021
  Germany List Christine Lambrecht Social Democratic Party of Germany 8 December 2021
  Ghana List Dominic Nitiwul New Patriotic Party February 2012
  Greece List Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos 9 July 2019
  Grenada Dickon Mitchell (also Prime Minister) National Democratic Congress 24 June 2022
  Guatemala List Henry Reyes Chigua 21 December 2021
  Guinea Vacant TBD
  Guinea-Bissau Sandji Fati
  Guyana [clarification needed]
  Haiti Jean Rodolphe Joazile
   Holy See
  Honduras Samuel Reyes [es] National Party 29 January 2018
  Hungary List Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky Independent 24 May 2022
  Iceland[nb 2] List Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir Independce 28 November 2021
  India List Rajnath Singh Bharatiya Janata Party 31 May 2019
  Indonesia List Lieutenant General Prabowo Subianto

Gerindra

23 October 2019
  Iran List Brigadier General Mohammad-Reza Gharaei Ashtiani 25 August 2021
  Iraq Juma Inad 6 May 2020
  Ireland List Simon Coveney Fine Gael 27 June 2020
  Israel List Benny Gantz Blue and White 17 May 2020
  Italy List Guido Crosetto Brothers of Italy 22 October 2022
  Jamaica
  Japan List Yasukazu Hamada Liberal Democratic Party 10 August 2022
  Jordan Bisher Al-Khasawneh[1] 12 October 2020
  Kazakhstan List Ruslan Jaqsylyqov 19 January 2022
  Kenya Eugene Wamalwa 29 September 2021
  Kiribati
  North Korea List General Kim Jong-gwan December 2019
  South Korea List Lee Jong-sup 10 May 2022
  Kuwait List Hamad Jaber Al Sabah 15 December 2020
  Kyrgyzstan List Lieutenant General Baktybek Bekbolotov 6 September 2021
  Laos Sengnouan Xayalath
  Latvia List Artis Pabriks For Latvia's Development, part of Development/For! Alliance 23 January 2019
  Lebanon List Maurice Sleem Independent 10 September 2021
  Lesotho Prince Maliehe All Basotho Convention 21 May 2020
  Liberia Major General Daniel Ziankahn January 2018
  Libya List Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh (also Prime Minister) Independent 15 March 2021
  Liechtenstein
  Lithuania List Arvydas Anušauskas Homeland Union 11 December 2020
  Luxembourg List François Bausch The Greens 5 December 2018
  Madagascar General Dominique Jean Oliver Rakotozafy
  Malawi Lazarus Chakwera (also President) Malawi Congress Party 28 June 2020
  Malaysia List Mohamad Hasan Barisan Nasional (United Malays National Organisation) 3 December 2022
  Maldives Mariya Ahmed Didi Maldivian Democratic Party 17 November 2018
  Mali Sadio Camara 11 June 2021
  Malta Byron Camilleri 15 January 2020
  Marshall Islands
  Mauritania Diallo Amadou Bathia
  Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth (also Prime Minister) Militant Socialist Movement
  Mexico List Luis Cresencio Sandoval 1 December 2018
  Micronesia
  Moldova List Anatolie Nosatîi 6 August 2021
  Monaco
  Mongolia List Brigadier General Gürsediin Saikhanbayar Mongolian People's Party 8 July 2020
  Montenegro Raško Konjević Social Democratic Party of Montenegro 28 April 2022
  Morocco Abdellatif Loudiyi 2 December 2010
  Mozambique Jaime Bessa Neto 22 January 2020
  Myanmar General Mya Tun Oo 2 February 2021
  Namibia List Frans Kapofi SWAPO 22 April 2021
  Nauru
    Nepal Minendra Rijal Nepali Congress 8 October 2021
  Netherlands List Kajsa Ollongren Democrats 66 10 January 2022
  New Zealand List Peeni Henare New Zealand Labour Party 6 November 2020
  Nicaragua Rosa Adelina Barahona Castro 19 August 2019
  Niger Issoufou Katambé [fr] 20 September 2019
  Nigeria List Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi 21 August 2019
  North Macedonia List Slavjanka Petrovska 16 January 2022
  Norway List Bjørn Arild Gram Centre Party (Norway) 14 October 2021
  Oman Shihab bin Tariq bin Taimur al Said 19 August 2020
  Pakistan List Khawaja Muhammad Asif Pakistan Muslim League (N) 19 April 2022
  Palau
  Palestine[2]
  Panama
  Papua New Guinea Solan Mirisim[3] 12 December 2020
  Paraguay Bernardino Soto 15 August 2018
  Peru List Jorge Nieto Montesinos Independent 5 December 2016
  Philippines List General Jose Faustino Jr. (Ret.) 30 June 2022
  Poland List Mariusz Błaszczak Law and Justice 9 January 2018
  Portugal List Helena Carreiras 31 March 2022
  Qatar Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah 27 January 2016
  Romania List Vasile Dîncu Social Democratic Party 25 November 2021
  Russia List General of the Army Sergey Shoygu United Russia 6 November 2012
  Rwanda General Albert Murasira Rwandan Patriotic Front 18 October 2018
  Saint Kitts and Nevis
  Saint Lucia Hermangild Francis
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  San Marino
  São Tomé and Príncipe Óscar Sousa 3 December 2018
  Saudi Arabia List Khalid Bin Salman 27 September 2022
  Senegal Augustin Tine [fr]
  Serbia List Nebojša Stefanović Serbian Progressive Party 28 October 2020
  Seychelles Wavel Ramkalawan (also President) Linyon Demokratik Seselwa 26 October 2020
  Sierra Leone Major Alfred Paolo Conteh All People's Congress 26 October 2007
  Singapore List Dr. Ng Eng Hen People's Action Party 21 May 2011
  Slovakia Jaroslav Naď Ordinary People 21 March 2020
  Slovenia Marjan Šarec Freedom Movement 1 June 2022
  Solomon Islands Christopher Laore Independent 22 October 2012
  Somalia List Abdikadir Hashi Dini
  South Africa List Thandi Modise[4] African National Congress 5 August 2021
  South Sudan Kuol Manyang Juuk[clarification needed] Sudan People's Liberation Movement-Juba
  Spain List Margarita Robles Independent 7 June 2018
  Sri Lanka List Ranil Wickremesinghe (also President) United National Party 15 July 2022
  Sudan Yassin Ibrahim Yassin 2 June 2020
  Suriname Krishna Mathoera Progressive Reform Party 16 July 2020
  Swaziland
  Sweden List Peter Hultqvist Swedish Social Democratic Party 3 October 2014
  Switzerland List Viola Amherd Christian Democratic People's Party 1 January 2019
  Syria List Lieutenant general Ali Mahmoud Abbas Ba'ath Party 28 April 2022
  Tajikistan List Colonel General Sherali Mirzo 20 November 2013
  Tanzania vacant 3 August 2021
  Thailand List General Prayut Chan-o-cha Palang Pracharath Party 10 July 2019
  Togo Essozimna Marguerite Gnakade Union for the Republic 1 October 2020
  Trinidad and Tobago [clarification needed]
  Tunisia List Imed Memmich Independent 11 October 2021
  Turkey List General Hulusi Akar Independent 10 July 2018
  Turkmenistan List Major General Begench Gundogdyev 14 June 2018
  Tuvalu
  Uganda Adolf Mwesige 6 June 2016
  Ukraine List Oleksii Reznikov Independent 4 November 2021
  United Arab Emirates Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 9 December 1971
  United Kingdom List Ben Wallace Conservative Party 24 July 2019
  United States List Lloyd Austin Independent 22 January 2021
  Uruguay Javier García Duchini National Party 1 March 2020
  Uzbekistan List Major General Bakhodir Kurbanov 4 September 2017
  Vanuatu
  Venezuela Gen. Vladimir Padrino López United Socialist Party of Venezuela 24 October 2014
  Vietnam List General Phan Văn Giang 8 April 2021
  Yemen Mohsen Mohammed Al-Daeri 28 July 2022
  Zambia Davies Chama Patriotic Front
  Zimbabwe Oppah Muchinguri Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front 7 September 2018

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Ministry of Public Security is in charge of maintaining public order, organizing police forces, preventing crime and, if necessary, defense of national sovereignty Ministry of Public Security Functions
  2. ^ Ministry for Foreign Affairs is the central authority for defence National Security of Iceland

States with limited recognition, non-UN member statesEdit

State List Defence minister Party Assumed office
  Abkhazia (Republic of Abkhazia) Vladimir Anua
  Kosovo (Republic of Kosovo) Armend Mehaj 22 March 2021
  Nagorno-Karabakh (Republic of Artsakh) Kamo Vardanyan 11 September 2021
  Northern Cyprus (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus)
  Sahrawi Republic (Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic) Mohamed Lamine El Bouhali
  Somaliland (Republic of Somaliland) Ahmed Haji Abdi Adami[clarification needed]
  South Ossetia (Republic of South Ossetia–the State of Alania) Valery Yakhnovets
  Taiwan (Republic of China) List Chiu Kuo-cheng Independent 23 February 2021
  Transnistria (Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic) Oleg Obruchlov[clarification needed]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "October 2020". rulers.org. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  2. ^ The Palestinian Authority renamed itself the State of Palestine on 6 January 2013 (a move not recognized by Israel). Do not confuse with the "State of Palestine" proclaimed on 15 November 1988 by the Palestinian National Council (PNC) in Algiers which remains a putative state, de facto ineffective despite partial international recognition.
  3. ^ "December 2020". rulers.org. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Thandi Modise, Ms | South African Government". www.gov.za. Retrieved 30 October 2021.