•   Formulate defence policy and programme;
  •  Give policy guidance to the Army and air force;
  •  Control staff establishments of the Army and air force and co- ordinate their operations;
  •  Undertake defence planning ,administration and inter-force co-ordination;
  •  Undertake manpower planning for the Defence Force;
  •  Procure and produce defence equipment and supplies;
  •  Ensure that peace and security prevail in the country;
  •  Plan and manage the public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) for the Defence Forces;
  •  Co-ordinate issues relating to the administration of the War Veterans; and
  •  Provide financial, administrative and human resources management support services