- Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports
Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport Agency overview Formed 1848 Jurisdiction Federal administration of Switzerland Headquarters Bern Employees 11,595 Annual budget Expenditure: CHF 6.5 billion
Revenue: CHF 1.6 billion
Minister responsible Ueli Maurer, Federal Councillor Website vbs.admin.ch
The Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) (Italian: Dipartimento federale della difesa, della protezione della popolazione e dello sport; German: Eidgenössisches Departement für Verteidigung, Bevölkerungsschutz und Sport; French: Département fédéral de la Défense, de la protection de la population et des sports) is one of the seven departments of the Swiss federal government, headed by a member of the Swiss Federal Council.
The Department is composed of the following departmental sectors:
- Defence / Armed Forces sector: Swiss Armed Forces headquarters and staff, Land Forces, Air Force, Armed Forces Logistics Organisation (AFLO), Armed Forces Command Support Organisation (AFCSO).
- Civil Protection sector: Federal Office for Civil Protection (FOCP), responsible for the coordination of the civil protection services of the cantons and municipalities. Operates the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) and the Spiez Laboratory, which is responsible for weapons of mass destruction research and protection.
- Sport sector: Federal Office of Sport (FOSPO), responsible for sport policy, the National Youth Sports Centre Tenero and the Youth and Sport organisation.
- armasuisse sector: Responsible for armaments procurement, technology and research. The sector includes the Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo), which compiles and manages geographical reference data and maps.
The following services are also part of the DDPS:
- General Secretariat
- Office of the Military Attorney General: The military prosecutor's office.
- Strategic Intelligence Service (SIS): Switzerland’s foreign intelligence service.
- Directorate for Security Policy (DSP): Responsible for strategy development, defence and procurement policy, arms control and disarmament policy.
Name of department
- 1848: Military Department
- 1979: Federal Military Department
- Since 1998: Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport
List of heads of the department
- 1848-1854: Ulrich Ochsenbein
- 1855-1859: Friedrich Frey-Herosé
- 1860-1861: Jakob Stämpfli
- 1862 only : Constant Fornerod
- 1863 only : Jakob Stämpfli
- 1864-1866: Constant Fornerod
- 1867-1868: Emil Welti
- 1869 only : Victor Ruffy
- 1870-1871: Emil Welti
- 1872 only : Paul Cérésole
- 1873-1875: Emil Welti
- 1876-1878: Johann Jakob Scherer
- 1879-1888: Wilhelm Hertenstein
- 1889-1890: Walter Hauser
- 1891-1897: Emil Frey
- 1897-1898: Eduard Müller
- 1899 only : Eugène Ruffy
- 1900-1906: Eduard Müller
- 1907 only : Ludwig Forrer
- 1908-1911: Eduard Müller
- 1912-1913: Arthur Hoffmann
- 1914-1919: Camille Decoppet
- 1920-1929: Karl Scheurer
- 1930-1940: Rudolf Minger
- 1940-1954: Karl Kobelt
- 1955-1966: Paul Chaudet
- 1967-1968: Nello Celio
- 1968-1979: Rudolf Gnägi
- 1980-1983: Georges-André Chevallaz
- 1984-1986: Jean-Pascal Delamuraz
- 1987-1989: Arnold Koller
- 1989-1995: Kaspar Villiger
- 1996-2000: Adolf Ogi
- 2001-2008: Samuel Schmid
- 2009-: Ueli Maurer
- Sport in Switzerland
- ^ a b Swiss Federal Chancellery. "The Swiss Confederation – a brief guide 2009". http://www.bk.admin.ch/dokumentation/02070/index.html?lang=en
- ^ "Organisation". Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport. http://www.vbs.admin.ch/internet/vbs/en/home/departement/organisation.html. Retrieved May 2008.
- ^ Federal Office of Sport
- Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport Official Website
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