To provide the defence, security and protection of the country’s territorial integrity and national sovereignty; protect the country’s socio-economic wellbeing; play its legitimate international role in strengthening peace and security and co-ordinate issues relating to the administration of the War Veterans.
- Chair the National Joint Operations Command
- Formulate defence policies and programmes
- Give policy guidance to the Army and Airforce
- Control staff establishments of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and co-ordinate their operations
- Undertake defence planning, administration and inter-force co-ordination
- Undertake manpower planning for the Defence Forces
- 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
- Provide financial, administrative and human resources management support services
- Vet, register and document all bona fide Veterans of the Liberation Struggle.
- Create and maintain accurate database of bona fide Veterans of the Liberation Struggle.
- Enforce access to and manage statutory welfare entitlements of eligible Veterans of the Liberation Struggle, War Victims and Heroes Dependents.
- Organise and unify the Veterans of the Liberation Struggle.
- Oversee and enforce the recognition and respect of the rights of Veterans of the Liberation Struggle.
- Institute measures in cooperation with other relevant Government institutions, to accurately record, document and preserve the history of the Liberation Struggle.
- Institute measures to economically empower and improve the livelihoods of Veterans of the Liberation Struggle.
- Administer funerals of Veterans of the Liberation Struggle other than National Heroes.
- Maintain internal and external liaison channels to do with Veterans of the Liberation Struggle.