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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: June 2, 2005

Memorandum on Order of Succession of Officers To Act as Secretary of Defense,
June 2, 2005

Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense

Subject: Order of Succession of Officers to Act as Secretary of Defense

Pursuant to the Constitution and laws of the United States, including section 3345(a) of title 5, United States Code, and notwithstanding Executive Order 13000 of April 24, 1996, I direct as follows:

(1) In the event of the death, permanent disability, or resignation of the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Navy shall act for and perform the duties of the Secretary of Defense as Acting Secretary of Defense.

(2) In the event of the temporary absence or temporary disability of the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Navy shall act for and perform the duties of the Secretary of Defense as Acting Secretary of Defense. In these instances, the designation as Acting Secretary of Defense applies only for the duration of the Secretary’s absence or disability, and does not affect the authority of the Secretary to exercise during the absence, or to resume when the disability no longer exists, the powers of his office.

(3) In all other respects, Executive Order 13000 of April 24, 1996, shall remain in effect.

(4) This memorandum shall expire upon the appointment of a Deputy Secretary of Defense, unless sooner terminated by operation of law or by the President.

(5) You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

George W. Bush

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 9:46 a.m., June 3, 2005]

Note: This memorandum was published in the Federal Register on June 6.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Memorandum on Order of Succession of Officers to Act as Secretary of Defense, June 2, 2005," Week Ending Friday, June 3, 2005 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, June 3, 2005 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2005), 41:934-935 Original Sources, accessed May 23, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=UDENLYEQH7KFI8Q.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Memorandum on Order of Succession of Officers to Act as Secretary of Defense, June 2, 2005." Week Ending Friday, June 3, 2005, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, June 3, 2005 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2005), 41:934-935, Original Sources. 23 May. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=UDENLYEQH7KFI8Q.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Memorandum on Order of Succession of Officers to Act as Secretary of Defense, June 2, 2005' in Week Ending Friday, June 3, 2005. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, June 3, 2005 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2005), 41:934-935. Original Sources, retrieved 23 May 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=UDENLYEQH7KFI8Q.