Ministry of Defence

type of ministry responsible for the armed forces and related agencies

The Ministry of Defence or Defense (see spelling differences), may also be known as a Department of Defence or Defense. This is the name for the part of government responsible for matters of defence.

These departments are found in states where the government is divided into ministries or departments. The department usually includes all branches of the military, and is usually controlled by a Defence Minister, Minister of Defence, or Secretary of Defense. The department is often referred to by the initials MoD (UK) or DoD (USA).