Ministry of Defence (Albania)

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Ministry of Defence
Ministria e Mbrojtjës
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Coat of Arms of the Ministry
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Department overview
Formed 4 December 1912
Jurisdiction Cabinet
Headquarters Tirana, Albania
Minister responsible
Website Official Website

The Ministry of Defence (Albanian: Ministria e Mbrojtjes) is a department of the Cabinet of Albania, in charge of the formation and implementation of national security and ordering, coordinating and carrying out the general guidelines of the Cabinet about the defence policy and is the headquarters of the Military of Albania.

The Defence Minister of Albania is the nominal head of all the military, serving under the President of Albania, who is the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Albania. The defence minister exercises the administrative and operational authority over the military. The armed forces under the Ministry of Defence are primarily responsible for ensuring the territorial integrity of the nation.


The Ministry of Defence includes numerous smaller agencies aside from the three main branches of the military. These include the Authority of the State Export Control, the Military Export Import Company, the Center of Culture, Media, and Defence Publications, the Inter-Institutional Maritime Operation Center, and the Defence Intelligence Security Agency. These agencies, centers, and offices report to the Minister of Defence.[1]

Authority of the State Export Control[edit]

The Authority of the State Export Control (AKSHE) (Albanian: Autoriteti i Kontrollit Shtetëror të Eksporteve) is the agency tasked with controlling the export, import, and transportation of military goods.[1]

Military Export Import Company[edit]

The Military Export Import Company (MEICO) is an agency tasked with carrying out activities related to importing and exporting military goods to meet the needs of the Albanian Armed Forces.[1]

Center of Culture, Media, and Defence Publications[edit]

The Center of Culture, Media, and Defence Publications (QKMBM) (Albanian: Qendra e Kulturës, Medias, Botimeve të Mbrojtjes, Muzeut dhe Shtëpive të Pushimit) is an organization involved in public relations and general communications for the Ministry of Defence. It is itself composed of the Directorate of Public Relations and Communications, the Directorate of Publications, the Directorate of the Community Relations Activities, and the Directorate of Sports Activities.[2]

Inter-Institutional Maritime Operation Center[edit]

The Inter-Institutional Maritime Operation Center (IMOC) (Albanian: Qendra Ndërinstitucionale Operacionale Detare) is an inter-ministry agency tasked with managing Albania's maritime territory. It is a collaboration between the Ministries of Defence, Internal Affairs, Finance, Environment, Transportation, Agriculture, and Tourism.[3]

Defence Intelligence Security Agency[edit]

The Defence Intelligence Security Agency (DISA) (Albanian: Agjencia e Inteligjencës dhe Sigurisë së Mbrojtjes (AISM)) is a military intelligence agency within the Ministry of Defence, which provides intelligence to the Ministry as well as the Albanian Armed Forces. It is governed by Law No. 65/2014.[4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Subordinate Structures". Albanian Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "CCMDP". Albanian Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Interinstitutional Maritime Operational Centre". Albanian Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Defence Intelligence Security Agency (DISA)". Albanian Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 11 July 2016.