List of current defence ministers

Summary

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 Nations

State List Defence minister Party Assumed office
 Afghanistan List Bismillah Khan Mohammadi Jamiat-e Islami 19 June 2021
 Albania List Niko Peleshi Socialist Party of Albania 31 December 2020
 Algeria Abdelmadjid Tebboune (also President) National Liberation Front 19 December 2019
 Andorra N/A
 Angola João Ernesto dos Santos Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola 2020
 Antigua and Barbuda N/A
 Argentina Agustín Rossi Justicialist Party 10 December 2019
 Armenia List Arshak Karapetyan Independent 20 July 2021
 Australia List Peter Dutton Liberal Party of Australia 30 March 2021
 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 Florencio Marin, Jr. United Democratic Party 13 November 2020
 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 Walter Souza Braga Netto 30 March 2021
 Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah (also Sultan) 7 September 1986
 Bulgaria List Georgi Panayotov Independent 12 May 2021
 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 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 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 Álvaro López Miera 15 April 2021
 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
The Gambia Gambia Adama Barrow (also President) National People's Party
 Georgia List Juansher Burchuladze Georgian Dream 22 February 2021
 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 Bisher Al-Khasawneh[1] 12 October 2020
 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 3 February 2021
 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 Libya Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh (also Prime Minister) Independent 15 March 2021
 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 United 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 Brigadier General Gürsediin Saikhanbayar Mongolian People's Party 8 July 2020
 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 Henk Kamp People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 24 September 2021
 New Zealand List 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[2]
 Panama N/A
 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 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 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 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 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 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 14 June 2018
 Tuvalu N/A
 Uganda Adolf Mwesige 6 June 2016
 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 Mohammed Ali Al-Maqdashi
 Zambia Davies Chama Patriotic Front
 Zimbabwe Oppah Muchinguri Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front 7 September 2018

States with limited recognition, non-UN member states

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 also

References

  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.