This month, Penny Mordaunt became the UK’s first female defense secretary, managing a department with a yearly budget of about $47 billion. Her appointment means that, right now, the six biggest military budgets in Europe are overseen by women.
This short article gives a quick look at the countries in Europe whose military budgets are currently managed by women – and which countries have a history of women in defense positions. Also of note:
“The US, which has a defense budget of around $600 billion, and China, with its $250 billion annual spend, have never appointed a woman to run the department.”