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Governmental Organization

United States Department of Defense

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Purpose and Activities

The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of the country.


In July, 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947, which set up a unified military command known as the "National Military Establishment" The act placed the National Military Establishment under the control of a single Secretary of Defense. The National Military Establishment was renamed the "Department of Defense" on August 10th, 1949, in an amendment to the original 1947 law.


United States Department of Defense

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1400 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC United States 203011400

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