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United States Deputy Secretary of Defense

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The United States Deputy Secretary of Defense is the second-highest ranking official in the United States Department of Defense. According to the U.S. Defense department website, the Deputy Secretary has the authority to

"[A]ct for the Secretary of Defense and exercise the powers of the Secretary on any and all matters for which the Secretary is authorized to act pursuant to law."

The post of Deputy Secretary of Defense is currently vacant. It was most recently Paul Wolfowitz. He became President of the World Bank on June 1, 2005. Gordon R. England has been named as his successor.

Deputy Secretaries since 1953

  • Roger M. Kyes 1953-1954
  • Robert B. Anderson 1954-1955
  • Donald A. Quarles 1955+1959
  • Thomas S. Gates 1959
  • James H. Douglas 1959-1961
  • Roswell Gilpatric 1961-1964
  • Cyrus R. Vance 1964-1967
  • Paul H. Nitze 1967-1969
  • David H. Packard 1969-1971
  • William P. Clements 1971-1977
  • Charles W. Duncan. Jr 1977-1979
  • W. Graham Claytor 1979-1981
  • Frank C. Carlucci 1981-1983
  • W. Paul Thayer 1983-1984
  • William Howard Taft IV 1984-1989
  • Donald J. Atwood 1989-1993
  • William J. Perry 1993-1994
  • John M. Deutch 1994-1995
  • John P. White 1995-1997
  • John J. Hamre 1997-2000
  • Rudy de Leon 2000-2001
  • Paul D. Wolfowitz 2001-2005
  • Gordon England 2005-Template:US-gov-stub
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