Federal Council plans to extend deployment and increase contingent numbers

The Federal Council plans to continue the Swiss Armed Forces deployment as part of the multinational Kosovo Force (KFOR) and increase the maximum numbers of the Swisscoy contingent from 165 to 195 military personnel. This will allow the armed forces to meet KFOR’s additional needs.

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Federal Council expands cooperation with the UN on military peace support training

The Federal Council approved an agreement between Switzerland and the UN on training cooperation in the context of international peace support. The agreement will provide a legal framework for closer longer-term cooperation between Switzerland and the UN in the training sector.

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Talent is the key to cyber defence

Interview with Dr. Michael Raska, Assistant Professor, Military Transformations Programme, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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Federal government and RUAG celebrate the launch of the new RUAG holding companies

Around 20 years after RUAG was founded, the technology group is being split up in accordance with a decision by the Federal Council. The parts working for the Swiss Armed Forces are being separated from the other, internationally oriented business units.

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Intelligence Service

The Federal Intelligence Service assesses Switzerland’s threat situation in its entirety. With its operational and preventive performances it directly helps to protect Switzerland.

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Defence

The mission of the Armed Forces includes area security and defence, subsidiary operations to prevent and overcome mortal dangers as well as contributions to peace promotion within an international framework.

Procurement

Procurement

The Federal Office for Procurement (armasuisse) is responsible for the research, development, evaluation, procurement, maintenance and liquidation of equipment and infrastructure for the armed forces and other customers.

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Federal Councillor Viola Amherd

Viola Amherd

In 2018, the Federal Assembly elected Viola Amherd to the Federal Council. She took over as head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport on 1 January 2019.

Topography

Topography

The Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo) is the centre of competence for the Swiss Confederation responsible for geographical reference data, for instance the description, representation and archiving of geographic spatial data.

Civil Protection

Civil Protection

The Federal Office for Civil Protection coordinates the protection of the Swiss population against disasters and emergencies. It also plans the development of the civil protection and the civil defence organisations.

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Sports

The Federal Office for Sport is the state centre of expertise for sport. It fulfils the tasks arising from the government's promotion of gymnastics and sport, such as training, instruction, research and associated services.