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Federal Department of Defence
Civil Protection and Sport

The Defence sector

Defence

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The Defence sector forms the planning, leading and administrative backbone of the Swiss Armed Forces and consists of:

  • Armed Forces Staff
  • Armed Forces Joint Staff
  • Armed Forces College
  • Land Forces
  • Air Force
  • Armed Forces Logistics Organisation
  • Command Support Organisation

Land Forces

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The Land Forces establish basic readiness of land forces staffs and modules and ensures readiness according to the directives of the Armed Forces Joint Staff. The Land Forces plan and direct the operations it has been tasked with. For the Land Forces the focus is always on accomplishing its military mission.

Air Force

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The Swiss Air Force is the spearhead of the Swiss Armed Forces in the third dimension. It protects our airspace on behalf of the armed forces and the population and carries out air transport operations in Switzerland and abroad within the context of civil affairs support and peace support operations.

Armed Forces Logistics Organisation

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All logistic and support services required by the land forces, the air force and by armed forces headquarters and command support organisation are provided by the Armed Forces Logistics Organisation.

Armed Forces Command Support Organisation

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The CSO provides all foundations required for a complete and current appraisal of the situation to the Chief of the Armed Forces and his staff, but also to other organisations and authorities. The CSO is also responsible for crisis management.

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Contact

Contact

  • DDPS
    Defence sector
    Schwanengasse 2
    CH-3003 Bern
    T +41 58 464 52 76
    F +41 58 464 64 25
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