Secretary of State for Defence

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Secretary of State for Defence

The head of the Ministry of Defence, which is a department of the British government responsible for national defense and management of the British Armed Forces. He/she advises the government on defense policy and coordinates the actions of the Royal Navy, the British Army, and the Royal Air Force. The secretary is appointed by the monarch on the advice of the prime minister.
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Shadow Defence Secretary Mr Iain Duncan Smith claimed Mr George Robertson's elevation to the peerage ahead of taking up his new post as Nato Secretary General had left Britain with a "semi-detached" Defence Secretary.
But Conservative shadow defence secretary Liam Fox said that the cuts were being imposed not because of a reduced threat to Britain's security or a reassessment of UKsecurity needs, but because of the Government's "catastrophic" management of the economy.
Summary: Defence Secretary Liam Fox has challenged David Cameron's plan to enshrine the Government's overseas aid spending targets in law.
14 -- Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse has emphasized that those who indulge in sabotage activities misled by falls propaganda will be dealt with sternly.
The two-day talks, part of the resumed dialogue process between the neighbours post 26/11, will be led by India's Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma, while the Paskistan side will be represented by Defence Secretary Nargis Sethi.
Defence secretary was responsible for whatever violation of order being committed.
The Defence Secretary's counsel pointed that a five member larger bench of the court will hear the Intra-Court appeal, in which he appealed to stop more proceeding in the said case.
A petition filed at the Appeal Court by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa against a case filed on him at the Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar, was rejected today.
But shadow defence secretary Liam Fox said the Defence Secretary's position was becoming untenable and the seizure of the sailors should never have been allowed to happen.
The Defence Secretary also said he saw 'no reason at this stage' to delay the hand over date, but it was vital to deal with the threats to security in the runup to June 30.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind, who was Defence Secretary at the time, says they were not to blame.

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