Army General (Ret.) Ryamizard Ryacudu was born in Palembang on April 21, 1950, and is Minister of Defense in the current cabinet. Ryamizard began his military career after graduating from Indonesian Military Academy in 1974. He then joined the special education programme, Suscapa, for one year (19851986), and in 1991 he finished his education at the Military Staff and Command Academy. Ryamizard is the son-in-law of the national military personality and former Vice President Try Sutrisno.