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The Kuwait Ministry of Defense (Arabic: وزارة الدفاع الكويتية) is one of the governmental bodies of Kuwait. Its minister in charge is a member of the Cabinet of Kuwait. The current minister of defense is Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the current ruler's eldest son.

Ministry of Defense
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Ministerial Department overview
Formed17 January 1962; 57 years ago (1962-01-17)
Preceding Ministerial Department
JurisdictionKuwait
HeadquartersKuwait City
Mottoالله والوطن والامير God, Country and The Emir
Minister responsible
Child Ministerial Department
Websitewww.mod.gov.kw

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On 1 July 1961, when the ministry was not of birth yet during Operation Vantage; the Kuwait Army was the de facto command leadership of the available armed forces since establishment and acted as official minister advising the Emir of Kuwait on course of action. The Kuwait Army redesignated in 1953 was founded 13 years before the enacting of the Kuwait ministry, mainly by Field Marshal Sheikh Abdullah Mubarak Al-Sabah (youngest son of Mubarak Al-Sabah) in 1949.

Name Portrait Rank Tenure Note
Sheikh Abdullah Mubarak Al-Sabah Field Marshal 1949-1961 General Commander of Kuwait Army and the Directorate of Public Security Force (1942-1961) until the two split in 1953.
Founder and patron of Kuwait Army and Kuwait Air Force.

List of ministers of defense and deputy prime ministers (1962-present)Edit

The ministry has been headed by the following people since its inception in 1962:

# Name Portrait Title Tenure Note
1 Mohammed Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense
1962-1964
Mohammed Al-Ahmad Kuwait Naval Base is named after him.
2 Saad Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense
1964-1978
14th Ruler and 4th Emir of Kuwait (2006)

Saad Al-Abdullah Academy for Security Sciences which is in charge of training personnel of the Kuwait Police is named after him[1]

3 Salem Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense
1978-1988
4 Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense
1988-1991
Crown Prince of Kuwait (2006–Present)
5 Sheikh Ali Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense
1991-1994
Ali Al-Sabah Military College which is in charge of training personnel of the Kuwait Armed Forces excluding the Kuwait Police is named after him.
6 Sheikh Ahmad Al-Homoud Al-Sabah Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense
1994-1996
7 Salem Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense
1996-2001
8 Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah   Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense
2001-2011
Prime Minister of Kuwait (2011–Present)
9 Sheikh Ahmad Al Homoud Al Sabah Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense
2011-2011
10 Ahmad Al Khalid Al Sabah[2] Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense
2012-2013
(ret) Lieutenant General and Chief of the General Staff of the Kuwait Armed Forces (2009-2012)
11 Khaled Al Jarrah Al Sabah [3][4][5][6] Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense
2013-2016
(ret) Lieutenant General and Chief of the General Staff of the Kuwait Armed Forces (2012-2013)
12 Mohammad Al Khalid Al Sabah Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense
2016-2017
13 Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense 2017-present

General functionsEdit

The major function of the ministry is to implement the government's defense policy and to govern all branches of the Kuwait Armed Forces.[7] It is also responsible for the production, transfer, use, storage, and coordination of mines; and for mine clearance.[7]

The ministry publishes a monthly magazine called Homat Al Watan.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Official Website Sector of Saad Al-Abdullah Academy for Security Sciences, Kuwait Ministry of Interior, (in Arabic)
  2. ^ Habib Toumi (14 February 2012). "Kuwait announces new cabinet". Gulf News. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Decree Number 18 for the Year 2012 to Appoint a Cabinet". The Diwan. Archived from the original on 16 January 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Seven Al-Sabah family members in new Kuwait cabinet". Middle East Online. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  5. ^ "4 August 2013 - Decree number 212 for year 2013 of the formation of the Cabinet". Kuwaiti Government. Archived from the original on 16 January 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Kuwait's new cabinet". Global Post. AFP. 4 August 2013. Archived from the original on 4 August 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Ministry of Defense (Kuwait)". Epicos. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Kuwait". Press Reference. Retrieved 10 September 2014.