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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.

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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.

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United States Department of Defense

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Location

1400 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC United States 203011400

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