List of United States Secretaries of Defense by time in office

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2,595 days
Robert McNamara from 1961 to 1968
114 days
Elliot Richardson in 1973

This is a list of United States Secretaries of Defense by time in office. This is based on the difference between dates; if counted by number of calendar days all the figures would be one greater. (Note that the list of popes by length of reign uses numbers of calendar days.)

Robert McNamara and Donald Rumsfeld are the only two people to have served as Secretary of Defense for more than 7 years. Rumsfeld is the only Secretary of Defense to have served two non-consecutive terms. Elliot Richardson served as Secretary of Defense for less than four months before becoming Attorney General.

# in office Secretary Days Rank
08 Robert McNamara 2,595 1
13/21 Donald Rumsfeld 2,585 2
15 Caspar Weinberger 2,497 3
05 Charles Erwin Wilson 1,714 4
22 Robert Gates 1,655 5
10 Melvin R. Laird 1,468 6
14 Harold Brown 1,460 7
20 William Cohen 1,457 8
17 Dick Cheney 1,401 9
19 William Perry 1,085 10
12 James R. Schlesinger 870 11
06 Neil H. McElroy 783 12
24 Chuck Hagel 720 13
25 Ashton Carter 702 14
23 Leon Panetta 606 15
01 James Forrestal 558 16
02 Louis A. Johnson 540 17
26 James Mattis 520 18
04 Robert A. Lovett 491 19
16 Frank Carlucci 424 20
07 Thomas S. Gates, Jr. 415 21
18 Les Aspin 378 22
03 George Marshall 356 23
09 Clark M. Clifford 325 24
11 Elliot Richardson 114 25

See also

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