Chief of Defence (Netherlands)

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Chief of Defence
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Chief of Defence
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= General Tom Middendorp
Incumbent
General Tom Middendorp

since June 28, 2012
Style Lieutenant admiral
General
Appointer Recommendation of the Minister of Defence to the Prime Minister
Inaugural holder General Dick Berlijn
(September 5, 2005)
Website Chief of Defence

The Chief of Defence (CHOD) (Dutch: Commandant der Strijdkrachten) is the Chief of Defence and the highest-ranking officer of the Armed forces of the Netherlands.

The main role of the Chief of Defence is as an intermediary between the Minister of Defence and the Armed Forces of The Netherlands. He makes operational policy and is responsible to the minister for military-strategic planning, operations and deployment of the Armed Forces. The Chief of Defence is the direct commanding officer of the commanders of the branches of the Armed forces.

The branch commanders are responsible for preparedness and actual deployment of their military personnel in the Netherlands and the rest of the world. Regarding operational planning and deployment, the branch commanders take their orders directly from the Chief of Defence.

There is a fourth branch of the military, the Royal Marechaussee (Gendarmerie). This branch does not answer to the Chief of Defence, since it is the police force for the entirety of the Armed Forces. This requires that the Marechaussee be independent, so this branch took its orders directly from the State secretary for the Ministry of Defence. Since 2010 there is no State Secretary assigned to the Ministry of Defence.

In addition to his command tasks, the Chief of Defence is the senior military advisor to the Minister of Defence.

The current position of Chief of Defence (CHOD) is new since September 5, 2005, when it replaced the existing role of Chef-Defensiestaf (Chief of the Defence Staff) and was abbreviated as CDS). Just like its predecessor role the position of Chief of Defence will rotate between the branches of the military; the first Chief of Defence was General Dick Berlijn, of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The position of Chief of Defence is held by a Four-star officer (NATO OF-9, meaning a General or a Lieutenant admiral), which means that promotion to the position of Chief of Defence includes a promotion in rank as well as there is only one four-star officer in the current command structure.[1]

List of Chiefs of the Defence Staff / Chiefs of Defence[edit]

(List incomplete)

Chief of the Defence Staff Military branch Period Life Minister(s) of Defence Prime Minister(s)
Born Died
General Robbie Wijting
Royal Netherlands Air Force
December 10, 1976 - November 1, 1980
(3 years, 327 days)
(1925-06-29)June 29, 1925
August 27, 1986(1986-08-27) (aged 61)
Vredeling
Stemerdink
Kruisinga
De Koning
Scholten
De Geus
Den Uyl
Van Agt
Cor de Jager
General Cor de Jager
Royal Netherlands Army
November 1, 1980 - July 5, 1983
(2 years, 246 days)
(1925-08-17)August 17, 1925
December 1, 2001(2001-12-01) (aged 76)
De Geus
Van Mierlo
De Ruiter
Van Agt
Lubbers
Govert Huyser
General Govert Huijser
Royal Netherlands Army
July 5, 1983 - December 10, 1988
(5 years, 158 days)
(1931-02-06)February 6, 1931
January 5, 2014(2014-01-05) (aged 82)
De Ruiter
Van Eekelen
Bukman
Bolkestein
Lubbers
Peter Graaff
General Peter Graaff
Royal Netherlands Army
December 10, 1988 - May 10, 1992
(3 years, 152 days)
(1936-01-21)January 21, 1936
March 14, 2014(2014-03-14) (aged 78)
Bolkestein
Ter Beek
Lubbers
Arie van der Vlis
General Arie van der Vlis
Royal Netherlands Army
May 10, 1992 - August 15, 1994
(2 years, 97 days)
(1940-08-20) August 20, 1940 (age 73)
Alive
Ter Beek
Lubbers
Henk van den Breemen
General Henk van den Breemen
Royal Netherlands Marine Corps
August 15, 1994 - June 5, 1998
(3 years, 294 days)
(1941-03-23) March 23, 1941 (age 73)
Alive
Ter Beek
Voorhoeve
Lubbers
Kok
Luuk Kroon
Lieutenant admiral Luuk Kroon
Royal Netherlands Navy
June 5, 1998 - June 5, 2004
(6 years, 0 days)
(1942-12-13)December 13, 1942
June 19, 2012(2012-06-19) (aged 69)
Voorhoeve
De Grave
Korthals
Kamp
Kok
Balkenende
Dick Berlijn
General Dick Berlijn
Royal Netherlands Air Force
June 5, 2004 - September 5, 2005
(1 year, 92 days)
(1950-03-18) March 18, 1950 (age 64)
Alive
Kamp
Balkenende
Chief of Defence Military branch Period Life Minister(s) of Defence Prime Minister(s)
Born Died
Dick Berlijn
General Dick Berlijn
Royal Netherlands Air Force
September 5, 2005 - April 17, 2008
(2 years, 225 days)
(1950-03-18) March 18, 1950 (age 64)
Alive
Kamp
Van Middelkoop
Balkenende
Peter van Uhm
General Peter van Uhm
Royal Netherlands Army
April 17, 2008 - June 28, 2012
(4 years, 72 days)
(1955-06-15) June 15, 1955 (age 59)
Alive
Van Middelkoop
Hillen
Balkenende
Rutte
Tom Middendorp
General Tom Middendorp
Royal Netherlands Army
Since June 28, 2012
(2 years, 11 days)
(1960-09-06) September 6, 1960 (age 53)
Alive
Hillen
Hennis-Plasschaert
Rutte

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Dutch) Generaal-majoor Middendorp nieuwe Commandant der Strijdkrachten, Rijksoverheid, October 02, 2011

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