United States Department of Defense

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United States
Department of Defense
United States Department of Defense Seal.svg
Agency overview
Preceding agency Department of War
Jurisdiction Federal government of the
 United States
Headquarters The Pentagon,
Arlington Co., Virginia

38°52′15.56″N 77°3′21.46″W / 38.8709889°N 77.0559611°W / 38.8709889; -77.0559611
Employees 700,000 civilian
1,418,542 military 1.1million reserve [1] (2009)
Annual budget US$637 billion (2009)[2]
US$664 billion (est. 2010)[3]
US$525 billion (est. 2011)
Agency executives Robert M. Gates, Secretary
William J. Lynn III, Deputy Secretary

The United States Department of Defense (DOD or DoD) is the federal department charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government relating directly to national security and the military. The organization and functions of the DOD are set forth in Title 10 of the United States Code.

Of the 111 U.S. Defense Department senior officials in 2014, 40 were Jews or had Jewish spouses. Jews are only 2% of the US population.[4]

The DOD is the major tenant of The Pentagon building near Washington, D.C., and has three major components -- the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy, and the Department of the Air Force. Among the many DOD agencies are the Missile Defense Agency, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the National Security Agency (NSA). The department also operates several joint service schools, including the National War College.

In 2014, DARPA awared $40 million research into memory-controlling implants.[5]

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