Ministry of Defence (Bulgaria)

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Ministry of Defence
Established 1879
Current Minister Angel Naydenov, BSP (2013)
Website http://www.mod.bg/

The Ministry of Defence (Bulgarian: Министерство на отбраната, Ministerstvo na otbranata) of Bulgaria is the ministry charged with regulating the Military of Bulgaria.

Since August 2005 (as of 2006), Minister of Defence was Veselin Bliznakov of the National Movement Simeon II, with Deputy Ministers Ivan Ivanov, Radoslav Bozadzhiev, Simeon Nikolov, Sonya Yankulova and Spas Panchev. Current Minister of Defence (2013) is Angel Naydenov.

The present building of the ministry is among the finest examples of the Bulgarian modern architecture from the middle of 20th century. It was designed by the famous Bulgarian architectural team Vasilyov-Tsolov and completed in the period 1939-45.

Structure[edit]

Political Cabinet[edit]

The political cabinet assists the Minister of Defense in formulating and developing particular decisions for carrying out the governmental policy, and in representing that policy to society. It consists of the deputy ministers, the head of the Minister's office, the parliamentary secretary and the Chief of the Public Relations unit. The work of the cabinet is assisted by experts. There are currently two Deputy Ministers serving office: Ivan Ivanov and Spas Panchev.

Secretary General[edit]

The Secretary General carries out the administrative leadership of the Ministry of Defense by implementing the legal orders issued by the Minister of Defense; it also leads, coordinates, and controls the functioning of the Ministry of Defense with respect to the strict observation of the laws and the sub-law acts, and reports to the Minister of Defense on the activities of the Ministry of Defense; The Secretary General:

  • leads, coordinates and controls the circulation of documentation;
  • manages the accountability and the control over the preparation of orders and guidance of the Minister of Defense;
  • guides the process on the automation of the management of the Ministry of Defense;
  • organizes and is responsible for the keeping and managing of the real estate and portable items provided to and used by the Ministry of Defense.
  • approves the expenditures necessary for managing the Ministry of Defense;
  • develops the draft of the budget of the Ministry of Defense in its part related to the means necessary for the administrative support of the activities of the Ministry of Defense;
  • keeps track of legal and appropriate spending of the financial means and materiel provided for the Ministry of Defense;
  • prepares an annual report on the status of the administrative activities in the Ministry of Defense, which he presents to the Minister of the State's Administration after the report is approved by the Minister of Defense.

The Minister of Defense's job within the Secretary General is that

  • he is responsible for the checking regime and security in the building of the Ministry of Defense;
  • he fulfills other tasks as well which are assigned to him by the Minister of Defense

Inspectorate[edit]

The Inspectorate to the Ministry of Defense provides the act of fulfilling the control functions on the part of the Minister of Defense in carrying out the state policy in the sphere of defense. The Inspectorate makes examines and makes investigations with respect to:

  • observation of the laws and of the orders issued by the Minister of Defense;
  • observation of the order and discipline in the troops;
  • management and assigning of financial means and materiel;
  • personnel management;
  • preservation of the natural environment;
  • other checks assigned to the inspectorate by the Minister of Defense.

The Inspectorate is directly subordinated to the Minister of Defense and is headed by the Chief Inspector. It additionally studies the suggestions, signals, litigations and requests filed in by physical persons or legal entities to the Minister of Defense and prepares answers to the above mentioned. The organization of the activities of the inspectorate, the types of the checks as well as the conditions and the order of how to conduct them, are determined by the Minister of Defense.

General Administration[edit]

The general Administration of the Ministry of Defense is organized into directorates "Administrative and Financial Service" and "Financial-Economic Activities".

Specialized Administration[edit]

The specialized administration of the Ministry of Defense is organized into eleven directorates. The specialized administration assists and provides for the realization of the rights of the Minister of Defense and of the deputy ministers of defense within the framework of the rights delegated to them and the functions they are assigned.

Directorate:

  • Defense policy directorate
  • Defense planning and programming directorate
  • International cooperation directorate
  • Budget planning and management directorate
  • Personnel policy directorate
  • Financial control activities directorate
  • Procurement management directorate
  • Military infrastructure directorate
  • Armaments and equipment policy directorate
  • Legal and regulatory affairs (LRA) directorate
  • Military Standardization, Quality and Codification Directorate

Officer on Security of Information[edit]

The officer on the security of the information is directly subordinated to the Minister of Defense and fulfills the tasks, which are assigned to him by virtue of the Law on the protection of the classified information and by the sub-law acts on the enforcement of the above mentioned law. In carrying out his functions, the officer on the security of information is assisted by a unit working on the security of the information.

Administrative Structures subordinated to the Ministry of Defense[edit]

Military information service[edit]

This functions as a

  • military information service which is a legal entity supported by the budget - it is a secondary budget credit holder to the Minister of Defense;
  • military information service which acquires, processes, analyzes, keeps and provides information in the interest of defense and the national security of the Republic of Bulgaria;

this organizational structure of the service is approved by the Minister of Defense and its activities are defined by Regulations approved by the council of ministers.

Security - military police and military counterintelligence service[edit]

Its functions are as follows The basic tasks of "Security - military police and military counterintelligence" service is to maintain the order and security in the Ministry of Defense and in the Bulgarian army. Parallel to that it fulfills the following functions:

  • it provides for the protection of the Ministry of Defense and the Bulgarian army from activities of foreign special services, organizations and persons directed against the security of the Ministry of Defense and the Bulgarian army;
  • carries out activities aimed at maintaining the order in the Ministry of Defense and in the Bulgarian army for the prevention, revealing and investigation of crimes committed in the Ministry of Defense and in the Bulgarian army with view to finding out the perpetrators;

provides guarding and security of activities, sites and persons in the Ministry of Defense and in the Bulgarian army;

  • provides for the control over the observation of the rules for movement on the roads by the drivers of transport vehicles and organized groups of servicemen;
  • conducts activities pertaining to collecting, processing, storage, analyzing, using and providing information related to the maintenance of order and security in the Ministry of Defense and in the Bulgarian army.

The structure of the "Security - military police and military counterintelligence" service is build on territorial principle in accordance with the administrative-territorial division of the Republic of Bulgaria and with the existing organizational and position structure of the Bulgarian army.

List of ministers[edit]

# Name
(Born-Died)
Portrait Took office Left office Political party
Ministers of Army (1879–1912)
1 Pyotr Parensov
(1843–1914)
Gen Parensov.jpg 17 July 1879 3 April 1880 Military
(Imperial Russian
Army
)
2 Pavel Plehve
(1850–1916)
Pavel Plehve.jpg 3 April 1880 15 April 1880 Military
(Imperial Russian
Army
)
3 Alexander Timler
(1835–?)
No image.png 15 April 1880 17 April 1880 Military
(Imperial Russian
Army
)
4 Johann Casimir Ehrnrooth
(1833–1913)
Johann Casimir Ehrnrooth.jpg 17 April 1880 13 July 1881 Military
(Imperial Russian
Army
)
5 Vladimir Krylov
(1830–1888)
No image.png 13 July 1881 24 April 1882 Military
(Imperial Russian
Army
)
6 Ivan Lesovoy
(1835–?)
No image.png 24 April 1882 3 July 1882 Military
(Imperial Russian
Army
)
7 Alexander Kaulbars
(1844–1925)
Kaulbarsav.jpg 3 July 1882 19 September 1883 Military
(Imperial Russian
Army
)
8 Aleksandr Roediger
(1853–1920)
Alexander Rediger.jpeg 19 September 1883 26 October 1883 Military
(Imperial Russian
Army
)
9 Viktor Kotelnikov
(?–?)
No image.png 26 October 1883 10 February 1884 Military
(Imperial Russian
Army
)
10 Mikhail Cantacuzène
(1840–1891)
No image.png 10 February 1884 7 March 1885 Military
(Imperial Russian
Army
)
11 Ivan Weymarn
(1840–1891)
No image.png 7 March 1885 22 April 1885 Military
(Imperial Russian
Army
)
(10) Mikhail Cantacuzène
(1840–1891)
(2nd time)
No image.png 22 April 1885 22 September 1885 Military
(Imperial Russian
Army
)
12 Konstantin Nikiforov
(1856–1891)
No image.svg 22 September 1885 24 August 1886 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
13 Olimpiy Panov
(1852–1887)
Olimpiy Panov.jpg 24 August 1886 28 August 1886 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
14 Danail Nikolaev
(1852–1942)
Danail-Nikolaev-portrait.jpg 28 August 1886 10 July 1887 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
15 Racho Petrov
(1861–1942)
Racho Petrov.jpg 10 July 1887 1 September 1887 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
16 Sava Mutkurov
(1852–1891)
Mutkurovsava.jpg 1 September 1887 16 February 1891 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
17 Mihail Savov
(1857–1928)
Savoff.jpg 16 February 1891 27 April 1894 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
(15) Racho Petrov
(1861–1942)
(2nd time)
Racho Petrov.jpg 27 April 1894 29 November 1896 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
18 Nikola Ivanov
(1861–1940)
General Nikola Ivanov.jpg 29 November 1896 30 January 1899 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
19 Stefan Paprikov
(1858–1920)
S.paprikov.jpg 30 January 1899 31 March 1903 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
(17) Mihail Savov
(1857–1928)
(2nd time)
Savoff.jpg 31 March 1903 4 May 1907 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
(14) Danail Nikolaev
(1852–1942)
(2nd time)
Danail-Nikolaev-portrait.jpg 4 May 1907 29 March 1911 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
20 Nikifor Nikiforov
(1858–1935)
Nikifor Nikiforov 1895.jpg 29 March 1911 14 January 1912 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
Ministers of War (1912–1947)
20 Nikifor Nikiforov
(1858–1935)
Nikifor Nikiforov 1895.jpg 14 January 1912 14 June 1913 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
21 Stiliyan Kovachev
(1860–1939)
Kovachev Stilian.jpg 14 June 1913 11 July 1913 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
22 Georgi Vazov
(1860–1934)
Georgi Vazov 020-1-239,15.jpg 11 July 1913 4 September 1913 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
23 Kliment Boyadzhiev
(1861–1933)
Bulgaria General Boyadjiew.jpg 4 September 1913 14 September 1914 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
24 Ivan Fichev
(1860–1931)
Ivan Fichev.jpg 14 September 1914 19 August 1915 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
25 Nikola Zhekov
(1864–1949)
Nikola Todorov Zhekov.jpg 19 August 1915 4 October 1915 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
26 Kalin Naidenov
(1865–1925)
No image.svg 4 October 1915 21 June 1918 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
27 Sava Savov
(1865–1945)
Sava Savov (general).jpg 21 June 1918 28 November 1918 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
28 Andrey Lyapchev
(1866–1933)
Andrey Lyapchev 1930.jpg 28 November 1918 7 May 1919 Democratic Party
29 Mihail Madzarov
(1854–1944)
M.madjarov.jpg 7 May 1919 6 October 1919 People's Party
30 Aleksandar Stamboliyski
(1879–1923)
Al.stamboliiski.jpg 6 October 1919 24 June 1921 Bulgarian Agrarian
People's Union
31 Aleksandar Dimitrov
(1878–1921)
BASA 525K 1 1077 3 Alexander Dimitrov, Praga.jpg 24 June 1921 22 October 1921 Bulgarian Agrarian
People's Union
(30) Aleksandar Stamboliyski
(1879–1923)
(2nd time)
Al.stamboliiski.jpg 22 October 1921 9 November 1921 Bulgarian Agrarian
People's Union
32 Konstantin Tomov
(1888–1935)
No image.svg 9 November 1921 9 February 1923 Bulgarian Agrarian
People's Union
(30) Aleksandar Stamboliyski
(1879–1923)
(3rd time)
Al.stamboliiski.jpg 9 February 1923 12 March 1923 Bulgarian Agrarian
People's Union
33 Konstantin Muraviev
(1893–1965)
Konstantin Muraviev.jpg 9 February 1923 9 June 1923 Bulgarian Agrarian
People's Union
34 Aleksandar Tsankov
(1879–1959)
Altsankov.jpeg 9 June 1923 10 June 1923 Democratic Alliance
35 Ivan Valkov
(1875–1962)
No image.svg 10 June 1923 11 January 1929 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
36 Nikola Bakyrdziev
(1881–1954)
No image.svg 11 January 1929 31 January 1931 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
37 Aleksandar Kiselyov
(1879–1964)
No image.svg 31 January 1931 9 May 1934 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
38 Anastas Vatev
(1881–1967)
No image.svg 9 May 1934 19 May 1934 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
39 Pencho Zlatev
(1881–1948)
No image.svg 19 May 1934 21 April 1935 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
40 Stefan Tsanev
(1881–1944)
No image.svg 21 April 1935 23 November 1935 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
41 Hristo Lukov
(1888–1943)
No image.svg 23 November 1935 24 January 1938 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
42 Teodosi Daskalov
(1888–1945)
No image.svg 24 January 1938 11 April 1942 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
43 Nikola Mihov
(1891–1945)
No image.svg 11 April 1942 14 September 1943 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
44 Rusi Rusev
(1887–1945)
No image.svg 14 September 1943 2 September 1944 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
45 Ivan Marinov
(1896–1979)
No image.svg 2 September 1944 9 September 1944 Military
(Bulgarian Land
Forces
)
46 Damyan Velchev
(1883–1954)
No image.svg 9 September 1944 25 September 1946 Zveno
47 Kimon Georgiev
(1882–1969)
K.georgiev.jpg 25 September 1946 22 November 1946 Zveno
48 Georgi Damyanov
(1892–1958)
No image.svg 22 November 1946 11 December 1947 Bulgarian Communist Party
Ministers of People's Defence (1947–1990)
48 Georgi Damyanov
(1892–1958)
No image.svg 11 December 1947 27 May 1950 Bulgarian Communist Party
49 Petar Panchevski
(1902–1982)
No image.svg 27 May 1950 9 June 1958 Bulgarian Communist Party
50 Ivan Mihailov
(1897–1982)
No image.svg 9 June 1958 17 March 1962 Bulgarian Communist Party
51 Dobri Dzurov
(1916–2002)
No image.svg 17 March 1962 22 November 1990 Bulgarian Communist Party
52 Yordan Mutafchiev
(1940– )
No image.svg 22 November 1990 20 December 1990 Bulgarian Socialist Party
Ministers of Defence (1990–Present)
52 Yordan Mutafchiev
(1940– )
No image.svg 20 December 1990 8 November 1991 Bulgarian Socialist Party
53 Dimitar Ludzhev
(1950– )
No image.svg 8 November 1991 20 May 1992 Union of Democratic Forces
54 Aleksandar Staliyski
(1925–2004)
No image.svg 20 May 1992 30 December 1992 Democratic Party
55 Valentin Aleksandrov
(1946–2008)
No image.svg 30 December 1992 17 October 1994 Non-party
56 Boyko Noev
(1964– )
No image.svg 17 October 1994 26 January 1995 Non-party
57 Dimitar Pavlov
(1937– )
No image.svg 26 January 1995 12 February 1997 Bulgarian Socialist Party
58 Georgi Ananiev
(1950– )
Georgi Ananiev.jpg 12 February 1997 21 December 1999 Union of Democratic Forces
(56) Boyko Noev
(1964– )
(2nd time)
No image.svg 21 December 1999 24 July 2001 Union of Democratic Forces
59 Nikolai Svinarov
(1958– )
No image.svg 24 July 2001 17 August 2005 National Movement Simeon II
60 Veselin Bliznakov
(1944– )
Veselin Bliznakov 070614-D-7203T-008 0WDIC.jpg 17 August 2005 24 April 2008 National Movement Simeon II
61 Nikolai Tsonev
(1956– )
No image.svg 24 April 2008 27 July 2009 National Movement for Stability and Progress
62 Nikolay Mladenov
(1972– )
Nikolay Mladenov July 4, 2012.jpg 27 July 2009 27 January 2010 Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria
63 Anyu Angelov
(1942– )
Angelov.jpg 27 January 2010 13 March 2013 Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria
64 Todor Tagarev
(1960– )
Todor Tagarev.jpg 13 March 2013 29 May 2013 Non-party
65 Angel Naydenov
(1958– )
No image.svg 29 May 2013 Incumbent Bulgarian Socialist Party

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