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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 held by William J. Lynn III.

List of Deputy Secretaries

No. Name Term of Office President(s) served under
1 Stephen T. Early 1949 - 1950 Harry S. Truman
2 Robert A. Lovett 1950 - 1951 Harry S. Truman
3 Roger M. Kyes 1953–1954 Dwight D. Eisenhower
4 Robert B. Anderson 1954–1955 Dwight D. Eisenhower
5 Donald A. Quarles 1955–1959 Dwight D. Eisenhower
6 Thomas S. Gates 1959 Dwight D. Eisenhower
7 James H. Douglas, Jr. 1959–1961 Dwight D. Eisenhower
8 Roswell Gilpatric 1961–1964 John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson
9 Cyrus R. Vance 1964–1967 Lyndon B. Johnson
10 Paul H. Nitze 1967–1969 Lyndon B. Johnson
11 David Packard 1969–1971 Richard Nixon
12 Bill Clements 1971–1977 Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford
13 Charles W. Duncan, Jr. 1977–1979 Jimmy Carter
14 W. Graham Claytor, Jr. 1979–1981 Jimmy Carter
15 Frank C. Carlucci 1981–1983 Ronald Reagan
16 W. Paul Thayer 1983–1984 Ronald Reagan
17 William Howard Taft IV 1984–1989 Ronald Reagan
18 Donald J. Atwood Jr. 1989–1993 George H. W. Bush
19 William J. Perry 1993–1994 Bill Clinton
20 John M. Deutch 1994–1995 Bill Clinton
21 John P. White 1995–1997 Bill Clinton
22 John Hamre 1997–2000 Bill Clinton
23 Rudy de Leon 2000–2001 Bill Clinton
24 Paul Wolfowitz 2001–2005 George W. Bush
25 Gordon R. England 2005–2009 George W. Bush
26 William J. Lynn III 2009-present Barack Obama

References

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