Heavy traffic above the clouds

Airspace policing is one of the main duties of the Swiss Air Force. Every year, F/A-18 pilots have to intervene between 40 and 60 times because, for example, a civil aircraft has reported a problem or fails to observe a restricted zone, or a misunderstanding has taken place. Geodata, maps and services provided by swisstopo are essential tools for pilots during training, as well as on missions.

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«Switzerland’s Security 2019»: the Federal Intelligence Service presents its situation report 2018

The security environment is becoming increasingly fragmented and complex. The Federal Intelligence Service’s (FIS) annual report presents the most important developments in the intelligence scene over the past year.

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Federal Council decides on the future of the RUAG technology corporation

The Federal Council approved unbundling procedures for the sections of RUAG that perform services for the armed forces. At the same time, it decided that RUAG International should be developed into an aerospace technology group and fully privatised in the medium term.

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Cyber-Defence Campus opened

The Cyber Defence Campus of the DDPS commenced operation in January 2019. The campus is an initiative of the national strategy for the protection of Switzerland against cyber risks. It focuses on early detection and observation of current developments in the cyberworld and development of action strategies.

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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.

Defence

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.

Sports

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.