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- n. the person who holds the secretaryship of the Defense Department
- n. the position of the head of the Department of Defense
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The secretary of defense was often abusive, Herbits wrote in a memo.
He was seen as smart, collegial, practical, and strong, having risen to the position of deputy secretary of defense in the McNamara Pentagon.
Just as Gates had told General George Casey in Iraq two years earlier that he was being replaced early in his tour by Petraeus, so now the secretary of defense went to Kabul to tell McKiernan that his tour was over.
The December 28 announcement of Don Rumsfeld as secretary of defense changed a lot of plans in Washington, especially for Rich Armitage, who badly wanted to be deputy secretary of defense.