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 Party Assumed office
  Afghanistan List Asadullah Khalid Islamic Dawah Organisation of Afghanistan 23 December 2018
  Albania List Olta Xhaçka Socialist Party of Albania 13 September 2017
  Algeria Abdelmadjid Tebboune (also President) National Liberation Front 19 December 2019
  Andorra N/A
  Angola Salviano de Jesus Sequeira Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola
  Antigua and Barbuda N/A
  Argentina Agustín Rossi Justicialist Party 10 December 2019
  Armenia List Vagharshak Harutiunyan Independent 20 November 2020
  Australia List Linda Reynolds Liberal Party of Australia 29 May 2019
  Austria List Klaudia Tanner Austrian People's Party 7 January 2020
  Azerbaijan List Colonel General Zakir Hasanov New Azerbaijan Party 22 October 2013
  Bahamas N/A
  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 John Birchman Saldivar United Democratic Party
  Benin Denis Ali Yerima
  Bhutan N/A
  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 Fernando Azevedo e Silva 1 January 2019
  Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah (also Sultan) 7 September 1986
  Bulgaria List Krasimir Karakachanov IMRO – Bulgarian National Movement 4 May 2017
  Burkina Faso Roch Marc Christian Kaboré People's Movement for Progress 29 December 2015
  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 Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret.) Harjit Sajjan Liberal Party of Canada 4 November 2015
  Cape Verde Jorge Tolentino
  Central African Republic General Thomas Theophile Tchimangoa
  Chad Daoud Tchari
  Chile List Mario Desbordes Jiménez 28 July 2020
  China List General Wei Fenghe 19 March 2018
  Colombia List Luis Fernando Navarro Jiménez (acting) 26 January 2021
  Comoros N/A
  Republic of the Congo Charles Mondjo 25 September 2012
  Democratic Republic of the Congo Alexandre Luba Ntambo 28 April 2012
  Costa Rica N/A
  Ivory Coast Patrick Achi (acting) 8 March 2021
  Croatia List Mario Banožić Croatian Democratic Union 23 July 2020
  Cuba Corps General Leopoldo Cintra Frias 9 November 2011
  Cyprus List Demetris Eliades 14 July 2011
  Czech Republic List Lubomír Metnar ANO 2011 27 June 2018
  Denmark List Trine Bramsen Social Democrats 27 June 2019
  Djibouti Hassan Darar Houffaneh
  Dominica N/A
  Dominican Republic Luciano Díaz Morfa 16 August 2020
  East Timor Filomeno da Paixão de Jesus 9 July 2018
  Ecuador Oswaldo Jarrín
  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 Sebhat Ephrem 1995
  Estonia List Kalle Laanet Estonian Reform Party 26 January 2021
  Ethiopia Kenea Yadeta 18 August 2020
  Fiji Inia Seruiratu 16 April 2020
  Finland List Antti Kaikkonen Centre Party 29 May 2015
  France List Florence Parly Socialist Party 21 June 2017
  Gabon Ernest Mpouho Epigat
  Gambia Adama Barrow (also President) National People's Party
  Georgia List Irakli Garibashvili (also Prime Minister) Georgian Dream 8 September 2019
  Germany List Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer Christian Democratic Union of Germany 17 July 2019
  Ghana List Dominic Nitiwul New Patriotic Party February 2012
  Greece List Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos 9 July 2019
  Grenada Keith Mitchell (also Prime Minister New National Party
  Guatemala List Juan Carlos Alemán Soto 14 January 2020
  Guinea Alpha Conde (also President) Rally of the Guinean People
  Guinea-Bissau Cadi Mane
  Guyana N/A[clarification needed]
  Haiti Jean Rodolphe Joazile
   Holy See
  Honduras Samuel Reyes [es] National Party 29 January 2018
  Hungary List Colonel General Tibor Benkő Independent 18 May 2018
  Iceland N/A
  India List Rajnath Singh Bharatiya Janata Party 31 May 2019
  Indonesia List Lieutenant General Prabowo Subianto

Gerindra

23 October 2019
  Iran List Brigadier General Amir Hatami 20 August 2017
  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 Lorenzo Guerini Democratic Party 5 September 2019
  Jamaica N/A
  Japan List Nobuo Kishi Liberal Democratic Party 16 September 2020
  Jordan Abdullah Nsour
  Kazakhstan List Nurlan Ermekbaev 7 August 2018
  Kenya Monica Juma 14 January 2020
  Kiribati N/A
  North Korea List General Kim Jong-gwan December 2019
  South Korea List Suh Wook 18 September 2020
  Kuwait List Hamad Jaber Al Sabah 15 December 2020
  Kyrgyzstan List Major General Taalaibek Omuraliev 9 October 2020
  Laos Sengnouan Xayalath
  Latvia List Artis Pabriks For Latvia's Development, part of Development/For! Alliance 23 January 2019
  Lebanon List Zeina Akar Independent 21 January 2020
  Lesotho Prince Maliehe All Basotho Convention 21 May 2020
  Liberia Major General Daniel Ziankahn January 2018
  Libya Abdullah al-Thani
(Disputed)
  Liechtenstein N/A
  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 Ismail Sabri Yaakob Perikatan NasionalUnited Malay National Organisation 10 March 2020
  Maldives Mariya Ahmed Didi Maldivian Democratic Party 17 November 2018
  Mali Tiéna Coulibaly 11 April 2017
  Malta Byron Camilleri 15 January 2020
  Marshall Islands N/A
  Mauritania Diallo Amadou Bathia
  Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth (also Prime Minister) Militant Socialist Movement
  Mexico List Luis Cresencio Sandoval 1 December 2018
  Micronesia N/A
  Moldova List Victor Gaiciuc Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova 9 November 2020
  Monaco N/A
  Mongolia List Nyamaagiin Enkhbold Mongolian People's Party 19 October 2017
  Montenegro Olivera Injac 4 December 2020
  Morocco Abdellatif Loudiyi 2 December 2010
  Mozambique Jaime Bessa Neto 22 January 2020
  Myanmar Lieutenant General Sein Win 24 August 2015
  Namibia List Peter Vilho 21 March 2020
  Nauru N/A
    Nepal Ishwar Pokhrel Nepal Communist Party (NCP) 26 February 2018
  Netherlands List Ank Bijleveld Christian Democratic Appeal 26 October 2017
  New Zealand Peeni Henare New Zealand Labour Party 6 November 2020
  Nicaragua Martha Elena Ruiz Sevilla 19 February 2013
  Niger Issoufou Katambé [fr] 20 September 2019
  Nigeria List Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi 21 August 2019
  North Macedonia List Radmila Sekerinska SDSM 31 May 2017
  Norway List Frank Bakke-Jensen Conservative Party of Norway 20 October 2017
  Oman Shihab bin Tariq bin Taimur al Said 19 August 2020
  Pakistan List Pervez Khattak Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf 20 August 2018
  Palau N/A
  Palestine [1]
  Panama N/A
  Papua New Guinea Saki Soloma Pangu Party 1 October 2020
  Paraguay Bernardino Soto 15 August 2018
  Peru List Jorge Nieto Montesinos Independent 5 December 2016
  Philippines List Major General Delfin Lorenzana 30 June 2016
  Poland List Mariusz Błaszczak Law and Justice 9 January 2018
  Portugal List João Gomes Cravinho 15 October 2018
  Qatar Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah 27 January 2016
  Romania List Nicolae Ciuca National Liberal Party (Romania) 23 december 2020
  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 N/A
  Saint Lucia Hermangild Francis
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines N/A
  San Marino N/A
  São Tomé and Príncipe Oscar Sousa [fr]
  Saudi Arabia List Mohammad bin Salman 23 January 2015
  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 Matej Tonin New Slovenia 13 March 2020
  Solomon Islands Christopher Laore Independent 22 October 2012
  Somalia List Abdikadir Hashi Dini
  South Africa List Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula African National Congress 12 June 2012
  South Sudan Kuol Manyang Juuk[clarification needed] Sudan People's Liberation Movement-Juba
  Spain List Margarita Robles Independent 7 June 2018
  Sri Lanka List Gotabaya Rajapaksa Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna 12 August 2020
  Sudan Yassin Ibrahim Yassin 2 June 2020
  Suriname Krishna Mathoera Progressive Reform Party 16 July 2020
  Swaziland N/A
  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 General Ali Abdullah Ayyoub Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 1 January 2018
  Tajikistan List Colonel General Sherali Mirzo 20 November 2013
  Tanzania Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi Chama Cha Mapinduzi 20 January 2014
  Thailand List General Prayut Chan-o-cha Palang Pracharath Party 10 July 2019
  Togo N/A[clarification needed]
  Trinidad and Tobago N/A[clarification needed]
  Tunisia Brahim Bartagi [fr] Independent 2 September 2020
  Turkey List General Hulusi Akar Independent 10 July 2018
  Turkmenistan List Major General Begench Gundogdyev 5 October 2015
  Tuvalu N/A
  Uganda
  Ukraine List Andriy Taran Strength and Honor 4 March 2020
  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 22 January 2021
  Uruguay Javier García Duchini National Party 1 March 2020
  Uzbekistan List Major General Bakhodir Kurbanov 4 September 2017
  Vanuatu N/A
  Venezuela Gen. Vladimir Padrino López United Socialist Party of Venezuela 24 October 2014
  Vietnam List General Ngô Xuân Lịch Communist Party of Vietnam 9 April 2016
  Yemen
  Zambia Davies Chama Patriotic Front
  Zimbabwe Oppah Muchinguri Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front 7 September 2018

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) Anton Quni 9 September 2017
  Nagorno-Karabakh (Republic of Artsakh) Jalal Harutyunyan
  Northern Cyprus (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) N/A
  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 Yen Teh-fa Independent 26 February 2018
  Transnistria (Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic) Oleg Obruchlov[clarification needed]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 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.