Birmingham Department of Defense

Find Birmingham Alabama Department of Defense offices. Department of Defense offices provide information on national security and the armed forces.


US Department of Defense - Birmingham Military Base 1943 50th Street North Birmingham AL 35212 205-510-4100


About Birmingham Department of Defense Offices

Birmingham Department of Defense (DoD) offices are branch locations of the federal agency that is responsible for national security and manages the U.S. Armed Forces in Birmingham, AL. The department is comprised of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, the Unified Combatant Commands, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The head of the department, the Secretary of Defense, is a cabinet-level position appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Headquartered at the Pentagon, the Department of Defense employs over one million active duty military service members, nearly a million National Guard and Reserve members, and approximately three quarters of a million civilians, including those stationed in Birmingham.

You may contact the DoD for questions about:
  • Birmingham Defense Agency locations
  • The Secretary of Defense
  • U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines
  • United States military operations
  • Birmingham Department of Defense jobs and employment
Secretary of Defense

The Office of the Secretary of Defense is the arm of the department engaged in the development of defense policy, defense planning, resource and financial management, and oversight of Birmingham DoD office and department operations. The Defense Intelligence Agency is also a component of this office, providing military intelligence to military planners, military operations, and defense policymakers. The Office of the Secretary of Defense also includes several agencies tasked with the development of advanced weapons, technologies, and defense systems, and with the sale of weapons to other countries.

Joint Chiefs of Staff

The Joint Chiefs of Staff provides advice to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and other national security agencies. It consists of the senior leadership in the department's uniformed services. As the principal military advisor to the President and Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff assists them in their command functions.

DoD Military Departments

The three military departments within the Department of Defense are the Army, Air Force, and the Navy, which includes the Marines, each headed by a separate Secretary. The military departments are responsible for the training, equipping, and administration of the military troops, but not the operational command of troops. Operational command of the U.S. troops flows from the President to the Secretary of Defense to the Commanders of Combatant Command. The Combatant Commanders are four-star generals and admirals with command authority over U.S. forces.