Who is the current secretary of defense and what does he do?

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Who is the current secretary of defense and what does he do?

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The current secretary of defense is Robert Gates. The role of the Secretary of Defense is to be the principal defense policy advisor to the President and is responsible for the formulation of general defense policy related to all matters of direct and primary concern to the Department of Defense, and for the execution of approved policy. The Department of Defense is located at the Pentagon.