|O'zbekiston Respublikasi Mudofaa vazirligi|
Seal of the Ministry of Defence
Flag of the Ministry of Defence
Minister of Defense Bakhodir Kurbanov
|Defense Ministry overview|
|Formed||July 3, 1992|
|Preceding Defense Ministry|
|Headquarters||100 Mirzo Ulugbek Avenue, Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
|Defense Ministry executive|
|Parent department||Government of Uzbekistan|
|Website||Ministry of Defense of Uzbekistan|
The Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Uzbekistan (Uzbek: O'zbekiston Respublikasi Mudofaa vazirligi) exercises administrative and operational leadership of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The Uzbek Minister of Defense is the nominal head of all the Armed Forces, serving under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, who is the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan. In this capacity, the minister exercises day-to-day administrative and operational authority over the armed forces. In wartime, the defense minister also serves in an official capacity as the Deputy Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the military. The General Staff, the executive body of the Ministry of Defense, implements the defense minister's operational instructions and orders. The Supreme Assembly exercises legislative authority over the Ministry of Defense through the Government of Uzbekistan, which is nominally responsible for maintaining the armed forces at the appropriate level of readiness.
The current Uzbek minister of Defense is Major General Bakhodir Kurbanov.
The ministry was created as one of the first military departments established in the former Soviet Union, being established 1 day after the founding of the (one day after the creation of the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan. On September 6, 1991, the newly elected president Islam Karimov signed a decree establishing the Ministry of Defense, being originally named as the main military department of the Uzbek SSR. On July 3, 1992, the department was renamed to the Ministry of Defense. The ministry is currently located in the former headquarters of Turkestan Military District (TurkVO) on 100 Mirzo Ulugbek Avenue (formerly known as Maxim Gorky Avenue) in Tashkent.
The Ministry of Defense manages its subordinate troops, and ensures the implementation of state policy in the field of defense and army building, equipping the national military with modern weapons and military equipment, expanding military cooperation, and organizing of recruitment and training of the armed forces. The Ministry of Defense has five military districts, a special purpose unit (communications, engineering, chemical, etc.), a counter-terrorism unit and a special operations unit, as well as higher military educational institutions. The ministry also maintains and operates the State Museum of the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan.
In 2000, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan was subordinated to the Ministry of Defense and was renamed to the Joint Headquarters of the Armed Forces, which is the sole command body for the development and implementation of decisions in the field of armed defense of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country. It is responsible for developing the foundations of the national military strategy, developing the structure of the military, managing state committees and departments and carry out strategic and operational planning.
On 24 October 2012, the Public Council of the Ministry of Defence was established. It is designed to promote the participation of citizens and NGOs in the development of military policy. The council consists of 28 members, including the members of the Senate and the Legislative Chamber, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, intellectuals, cultural workers and scientists. From those 28 members, five commissions based in five priority areas are operating.
Military districts of the armed forces are under the jurisdiction of the defense ministry, with their headquarters being the center of their regions of which they are responsible for. It is the main military administrative unit and territorial general military operational-strategic association that protects the security and territorial integrity of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the specific operational areas. The following are a list of military districts in Uzbekistan:
|Northwest Military District||HQ Nukus|
|Southwest Special Military District||HQ Karshi|
|Central Military District||HQ Dzhizak|
|Eastern Military District (EMD)||HQ Ferghana|
|Tashkent Military District (THO)||HQ Tashkent|
List of Ministers
- Rustam Akhmedov - September 6, 1991 – September 29, 1997
- Hikmatulla Tursunov - September 29, 1997 – February 20, 2000
- Yuri Agzamov - February 20 - September 30, 2000
- Kadyr Gulyamov - September 30, 2000 – November 18, 2005 (The first and only civilian defense minister of Uzbekistan)
- Ruslan Mirzaev - November 18, 2005 – September 17, 2008
- Qobul Berdiev - September 17, 2008 – September 4, 2017
- Abdusalom Azizov - September 4, 2017 – February 11, 2019
- Bakhodir Kurbanov - February 11, 2019 – Present
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