|Inaugural holder Teofilo Sison|
|Formation November 1, 1939|
|Appointer The President with the consent of the Commission on Appointments|
Term length At the President's pleasure
Precursor Director of War Secretary of War and Public Works Minister of War
The Secretary of National Defense (Filipino: Kalihim ng Tanggulang Pambansa) is the head of the Department of National Defense and is a member of the President’s Cabinet.
The current Secretary is Delfin Lorenzana, who assumed office on June 30, 2016.
List of Secretaries of National Defense
Prior to the department’s formation in 1935, President Emilio Aguinaldo established a similar department, the Department of War and Public Works. Three individuals served as heads of the department. They are as follows: