Administrative units

The DDPS is divided into seven sectors that report directly to the Head of the DDPS: the Defence sector and six federal offices: General Secretariat, Federal Intelligence Service, armament agency (armasuisse), national topography office (swisstopo), Civil Protection and Sports.

Büroräumlichkeiten des NDB

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.

Funktionstest im Cockpit des EC 635 (Eurocopter)


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.

Zivilschutzangehöriger mit Kettensäge

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.

Kuppelhalle im Bundeshaus Bern

General Secretariat

The General Secretariat of the DDPS supports the head of the department in his role as member of the Federal Council and in managing the department.

AdA mit Sturmgewehr 90 (Stgw 90)


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.

Kartenausschnitt Lausanne und Umgebung


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.

Kinder bei einer Jugend+Sport Veranstaltung


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.


Office of the Armed Forces Attorney General

The Office of the Armed Forces Attorney General is responsible in administrative and organisational terms for the fulfilment of the tasks of the military tribunal.