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Department of Defense

the department of the U.S. federal government charged with ensuring that the military capacity of the U.S. is adequate to safeguard the national security.
Abbreviation: DOD. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Department of Defense (DOD)

A department of the federal executive branch entrusted with formulating military policies and maintaining American military forces. Its top official is the civilian secretary of defense. It is headquartered in the Pentagon.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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