Secretary of State for Defence (Roscamistan)

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Secretary of State for Defence of the Republic of Roscamistan
Flag of Roscamistan.svg
Flag of Roscamistan
Jan Kotonski in 2022.jpeg
Incumbent
Jan Kotonski

since 15 May 2022
Ministry of Defence
StyleThe Honourable (formal)
His Excellency (diplomatic)
Member ofCabinet
Defence Staff
NominatorSenate
AppointerPresident of Roscamistan
Term lengthAt the pleasure of the President
Inaugural holderDavid Moore
DeputyMinister of State for Veteran Affairs

The Defence Secretary, officially the Secretary of State for Defence, is a senior member of the Cabinet, one of the great offices of state and the head of the Ministry of Defence. The Defence Secretary is responsible for the oversight of the civilian administration of the Defence Forces, and reports to the President of Roscamistan.

History

The office of Defence Secretary was formed in April 2021 as the Minister of Defence, with David Moore as the inaugural holder. After his sacking on 23 June 2021, Andrew Brotherton served temporarily in the position, until 4 July 2021, when Christopher Waldron was appointed Minister of Defence. Near the end of his time in the position, Adam Flannery’s influence grew, and from early September 2021 to 1 October 2021, Flannery de facto ran the Ministry of Defence, when on 1 October 2021 Waldron was sacked. Flannery became the Defence Secretary that same day, reforming the Defence Forces and the Defence Staff. On 16 October 2021, the position was renamed the Secretary of State for Defence, in a move to give more grandeur to the higher ministerial offices. On 21 October 2021, he resigned temporarily in protest at Brotherton not taking his ideas into account. Matthew Williams, the Chief of the Defence Staff was nominated for the position, but when Flannery returned on 29 October 2021, Williams lost the nomination, though was made the first Minister of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment on 1 November 2021, replacing the Ministry of Information.

On 28 November 2021, the first major ministerial elections took place, with the office of Secretary of State for Defence up for grabs. In the early hours of voting, it looked as if Flannery was going to lose his positions, though he did win after a large amount of people voted for him in the last few hours. Though he won in most of the elections, he conceded all but the Vice Presidential special election and the Defence Secretary elections to the runners up.

Duties and responsibilities

The Defence Secretary is the senior minister assigned matters of national defence matters, being overseer of the administration of the Roscamistan Defence Forces. The Defence Secretary is also a member of the Cabinet and the Defence Staff, attending meetings of both bodies. The Defence Secretary is also one of two designated advisors to the President, the other being the Chief of the Defence Staff.

List of Defence Secretaries

No. Picture Name Political Party Term begin Term end
1 Depiction of David Moore by Andrew Brotherton.png David Moore
(Unknown 2008 – present)
Independent April 2021 18 May 2021
2 Coat of Arms of Greater Roscam.png Andrew Brotherton
(3 February 2008 - present)
Freedom Party 23 June 2021 4 July 2021
3 No-profile2.jpg Christopher Waldron
(Unknown 2009 – )
Independent 4 July 2021 1 October 2021
4 Adam Flannery .jpg Adam Flannery
(15 August 2008 - )
UPR 1 October 2021 21 October 2021
Post vacant (21 October 2021 to 29 October 2021)
5 Adam Flannery .jpg Adam Flannery
(15 August 2008 - )
UPR 29 October 2021 15 May 2022
6 Jan Kotonski in 2022.jpeg Adam Flannery
(1 January 2009 - )
UPR 15 May 2022 present