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SWISSINT (acronym for Swiss Armed Forces International Command) is the center of the Swiss Armed Forces for foreign missions. The competence center is located in Oberdorf at Stans, Canton of Nidwalden.
SWISSINT is the national command authority for all peace support operations abroad involving the Swiss Armed Forces. Swissint is responsible for planning and management, recruitment, supervision and care of all personnel, operation specific training of both individuals and contingents, the equipment of soldiers, logistics in the area of operations, financial planning and credit management, respective PR work and the evaluation of operations. Peace support is one of the three missions of the armed forces as stated in the swiss constitution.
With some 300 officers, NCOs, soldiers and civilians SWISSINT is in charge of more than 18 contingents on four continents. As assigned by the United Nations and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) military observers, staff and liaison officers or also military advisers are on duty either as individuals or in small teams. SWISSINT is primarily linked to the mission in Kosovo that has been running since 1999.
SWISSINT International Command
The centre of excellence SWISSINT is stationed in the Wil barracks at Oberdorf-Stans. SWISSINT answers directly to the Chief of the Armed Forces Operations Command and follows the political directives of Federal Council and Parliament as well as those of the Chief of the Armed Forces. Its commander is Colonel General Staff Fridolin (Fredy) Keller.
The centre of excellence in Stans is assigned to the training centre which is also stationed at the armed forces training area in Wil near Stans. The training centre is in charge of mission-specific training. All courses are devised accordingly and continuously adjusted to the current requirements and lessons learned from the operations. The range of courses is extensive and is devised to satisfy both national and international as well as civilian and military interests.
All members of the Army (AdA) who are deployed to peace support operations (PSO) obtain their training from SWISSINT.
NATO has certified the SWISSINT Training Centre as a partnership for peace training and education centre. It offers various national and international courses for both civilian and military participants. Its military observer course (SUNMOC) has also been certified by the UN. Serving as infrastructure are, among other things, the military training area in Stans-Oberdorf and camp SWISSINT, which provides accommodation for 180 persons in about 200 containers.
Currently, members of the Army (AdA) undergo training for the following missions:
- Mission in Kosovo (KFOR / Swisscoy)
- Use in Korea (Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission NNSC)
- Training missions in support of the KAIPTC (Ghana) and the IPSTC (Nairobi)
- Operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (EUFOR)
- Appearances as military experts on mission and staff officers
As of 2018/01/09
- "Swiss Armed Forces International Command". 2018-01-09.
- "UN military experts on mission and staff officers". Schweizer Armee Kompetenzzentrum Swissint. Retrieved 2018-01-09.