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Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom)

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The Ministry of Defence (MOD or MoD) is the department responsible for implementing the defence policy set by His Majesty's Government, and is the headquarters of the British Armed Forces.

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Ministry of Defence
MoD Main Building, Westminster
Department overview
Formed1 April 1964 (as modern department)
JurisdictionGovernment of the United Kingdom
HeadquartersMain Building, Whitehall, Westminster, London
51°30′14″N 0°07′30″W
  • 60,000 (FTE) civilian staff (April 2021)[1]
  • 198,940 military personnel[2]
Annual budget£55 billion; FY 2021[3]
Secretary of State responsible
Department executives
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The MOD states that its principal objectives are to defend the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and its interests and to strengthen international peace and stability.[4] The MOD also manages day-to-day running of the armed forces, contingency planning and defence procurement.

The expenditure, administration and policy of the MOD are scrutinised by the Defence Select Committee,[5] except for Defence Intelligence which instead falls under the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament.[6]

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