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Who was the first Secretary of Defense?

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Who was the first Secretary of Defense?

Defensive Oversight:

The Department of Defense is an Executive Branch cabinet. The Secretary of the Defense oversees and controls the department and advises the United States president on military matters.

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James Vincent Forrestal (1892-1949) was the first Secretary of Defense.

Forrestal's background was in finance, having worked in finance on Wall...

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