Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports
|Jurisdiction||Federal administration of Switzerland|
|Annual budget||Expenditure: CHF 6.5 billion
Revenue: CHF 1.6 billion
|Minister responsible||Ueli Maurer, Federal Councillor|
The Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS, German: Eidgenössisches Departement für Verteidigung, Bevölkerungsschutz und Sport, French: Département fédéral de la défense, de la protection de la population et des sports, Italian: Dipartimento federale della difesa, della protezione della popolazione e dello sport) is one of the seven departments of the Swiss federal government. It is headed by a member of the Swiss Federal Council, the Swiss defence minister.
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.
- Federal Intelligence Service (FIS): Switzerland’s civil intelligence service.
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–present: Ueli Maurer
Notes and references
- Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport Official Website