The Mexican Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA); es|Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional is the government department
responsible for managing Mexico's Army and Air Forces. Its head is the Secretary of National Defense who, like the co-equal Secretary of the Navy, is directly answerable to the President. Before 1937, the position was called the ''Secretary of War and of the Navy'' (''Secretaría de Guerra y Marina''). The agency has its headquarters in Lomas de Sotelo, Miguel Hidalgo
, Mexico City
" Secretariat of National Defense. Retrieved on February 15, 2011. "Blvd. Manuel Ávila Camacho S/N. Esq. Av. Ind. Mil., Col. Lomas de Sotelo; Deleg. Miguel Hidalgo, D.F. C.P. 11640."
Some key figures who answer directly to the Secretary are the Assistant Secretary, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, and all military tribunals.
Under the Federal Public Administration Act (''Ley Orgánica de la Administración Pública Federal''), the Secretary has the following duties:
* Organize, administer and prepare the Army and the Air Force.
* Organize and prepare the National Military Service.
* Management of the Army, Air Force, National Guard and armed contingents which don't belong to state's national guard.
* Plan, direct and handle mobilization of the country in the event of war; formulating and executing, in due case, plans and orders necessary to the country defense, as well as directing and advising civil defense.
* Construct and prepare the forts and all kind of military buildings for Army and Air Force use, as well as administration of barracks, hospitals and other military buildings.
* Administer military justice.
* Acquire and build armaments, ammunition, and all kinds of materials and elements for the use of Army and Air Force.
* Grant permission for an expedition force to enter another country or to allow another country to send their forces to Mexico.
* Manage the issuing of licenses to bear firearms with the aim of preventing the use of arms expressly banned in law and also those types of arms restricted by the state for the exclusive use of the Army, Navy and National Guard, with the exception of what is established by the 13th section of Article 30 of the Constitution, as well as the supervision and issuing of permits for the sale, transport and storage of firearms, chemical weapons, explosives and strategic weapons.
List of secretaries
*Museo del Enervante
- a Sedena museum dedicated to those who have fought drug trafficking in Mexico.
- a famous dog who worked for the agency.
External links Official site of the Secretariat of National DefenseOfficial site of the Secretariat of National Defense, English versionCitizens' Portal, Official Site of the Mexican Government
Category:Politics of Mexico
Category:Military of Mexico