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14 June 2024

Switzerland receives 100 state guests for Summit on Peace in Ukraine

President Viola Amherd will open the summit on peace in Ukraine on Saturday, 15 June. 100 delegations will attend the summit, including 57 heads of state and government from around the world. The aim of the summit is to initiate a peace process, generate trust and outline ideas for the next steps towards such a process. All states present should be given the opportunity to put forward their visions for a just and lasting peace in Ukraine.

13 June 2024

President Amherd meets with Brazilian President Lula da Silva in Geneva

President Viola Amherd met with Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in Geneva on Thursday. The talks focused on bilateral relations between Switzerland and Brazil and differing perspectives as to how to achieve a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in Ukraine.

12 June 2024

Swiss president meets Portugal’s president and prime minister

President Viola Amherd met Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Prime Minister Luís Montenegro on Wednesday, 12 June. The talks in Bern focused on the countries’ close bilateral relations, European policy, the upcoming summit on peace in Ukraine and cooperation between Switzerland and Portugal at multilateral level.

12 June 2024

Nepal’s President Paudel pays courtesy visit to President Amherd

The Nepalese president Ramchandra Paudel paid a courtesy visit to his Swiss counterpart Viola Amherd on Wednesday 12 June. Switzerland and Nepal have maintained diplomatic relations since the early 1950s. On Wednesday, both sides recognised the friendliness of the relations between their two countries, their successful development cooperation and the potential for bilateral exchange.

12 June 2024

Chief of Armament Urs Loher on a working visit to Norway

Chief of Armament Urs Loher will travel to Norway for a bilateral meeting with his Norwegian counterpart Rolf Kjos. Within this meeting, the discussions will focus on current issues and procurement projects such as the medium-range ground-based air defence programme.

11 June 2024

Introducing SMEs to cybersecurity

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) joined forces with the association ITSec4KMU to organise an awareness-raising event on cybersecurity for SMEs. This free event held at the Cinématte in Bern gave more than 100 interested representatives from SMEs an easy introduction to this important topic. There are plans to repeat the event in other regions of Switzerland.

10 June 2024

Summit on Peace in Ukraine: state of preparations and security measures

90 states and organisations have so far registered to attend the summit on peace in Ukraine at the Bürgenstock (NW) on 15/16 June. The aim of the high-level meeting of heads of state and government is to develop a common understanding for a possible path towards a just and lasting peace in Ukraine. This will then form the basis for a peace process. On 10 June, President Viola Amherd, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis and Nidwalden Cantonal Councillor Karin Kayser-Frutschi, together with Stephan Grieder, head of operations and chief of the Nidwalden Cantonal Police, and Major General Daniel Keller, Commander of Territorial Division 2, gave a briefing on the state of preparations and security measures.

10 June 2024

Cooperation on military training: Slovenia and Switzerland sign agreement

The head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports, President Viola Amherd, and Slovenian Defence Minister Marjan Šarec signed an agreement in Bern on 10 June to strengthen cooperation on military training. The talks also focused on the current security situation in the Middle East, Ukraine and the Western Balkans.

7 June 2024

Summit on Peace in Ukraine at the Bürgenstock: Confederation to contribute to security costs

The Summit on Peace in Ukraine will take place on 15 and 16 June 2024 at the Bürgenstock resort in the canton of Nidwalden. A major security operation is in place to ensure the safety of the event and those attending. At its meeting on 7 June 2024, the Federal Council decided to consider the summit an 'extraordinary event'. This means that the Confederation will contribute to the security costs borne by the canton of Nidwalden.

7 June 2024

DDPS sets up National Cyberstrategy steering committee

A steering committee has been set up to manage the National Cyberstrategy (NCS) implementation process. It supports the federal, cantonal, business and academic bodies concerned in implementing the NCS in a targeted and effective manner. The Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) appointed the members of the steering committee and informed the Federal Council of the appointments at the latter's meeting on 7 June.

6 June 2024

Standardisation of small calibre ammunition: armasuisse takes part in European Defence Agency project

Switzerland is further expanding its international cooperation with the European Defence Agency (EDA). The Federal Office for Defence Procurement armasuisse is taking part in a project in which the requirements for the effectiveness of small calibre ammunition are to be standardised and the technologies for these bullets thus optimised. The Head of the DDPS, Federal President Viola Amherd, has authorised the corresponding agreement on participation in the project “Small Arms Ammunition Technologies”.

30 May 2024

State Secretary for Security Policy and Chief of the Armed Forces to attend Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore

From 31 May to 2 June, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) will bring together representatives from the security sector from the Asia-Pacific region, North America, Europe and the Middle East at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue to discuss current security policy challenges in Asia. Switzerland will be represented at the security summit by State Secretary for Security Policy Markus Mäder and Chief of the Armed Forces Thomas Süssli.

27 May 2024

President Amherd and Bulgarian president Radev discuss bilateral relations, Europe and the security situation

On Monday 27 May, Swiss president Viola Amherd and Bulgarian president Rumen Radev discussed bilateral relations between their two countries, European policy, the security situation on the continent and the strengthening of multilateralism. The meeting took place in Bern.

24 May 2024

Cyber Defence Campus launches Cyber Startup Challenge 2024

The DDPS Cyber Defence Campus is once again organising a Cyber Startup Challenge this year. Under the motto «Security of Artificial Intelligence», innovative solutions in the field of security of machine learning models (ML) and security checks in the field of artificial intelligence are being sought. The winner will receive a contract for a proof of concept and will be able to demonstrate their solution in a real DDPS environment. The closing date for applications is 31 August 2024.

23 May 2024

Diplomatic corps to visit Pierre Gianadda Foundation in Martigny and Olympic Museum in Lausanne

At the invitation of President Viola Amherd, members of the diplomatic corps will visit the Pierre Gianadda Foundation in Martigny and the Olympic Museum in Lausanne on Friday, 24 May. This year’s programme showcases Switzerland’s international political, economic and cultural ties, and reflects the spirit of peaceful interaction and competition in this Olympic year.

22 May 2024

Federal Council launches consultation on Cybersecurity Ordinance

At its meeting on 22 May the Federal Council launched a consultation on the Cybersecurity Ordinance. The Ordinance sets out how the obligation to report cyberattacks on critical infrastructure is to be implemented, regulates how implementation of the National Cyberstrategy is to be organised and specifies the tasks of the new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The Ordinance also specifies which authorities and companies are exempt from the reporting obligation. The consultation will run until 13 September 2024.

22 May 2024

High-level conference on peace in Ukraine: military support and airspace restriction

At its meeting on 22 May, the Federal Council approved a temporary restriction on the use of airspace during the high-level conference on peace in Ukraine, which Switzerland will be hosting on 15 and 16 June at the Bürgenstock resort in the canton of Nidwalden. The Swiss Air Force will provide air policing and advanced air surveillance services. The Armed Forces will also set up a subsidiary support service to complement the security measures of the cantonal authorities.

17 May 2024

Trial and error approach of the «SMASH» system for ground and air targets

A technology demonstration of fire-control systems for hand-held weapons took place in Walenstadt (SG) from 15 to 17 May 2024. The trial and error approach was carried out by the Federal Office for Defence Procurement armasuisse together with the Swiss Armed Forces. The aim was to demonstrate the capability of the «SMASH» system to effectively combat ground targets and minidrones.

15 May 2024

President Viola Amherd discusses bilateral and international matters with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

On 15 May, President Viola Amherd met with Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin. The main topics of discussion were bilateral cooperation on issues including transport, energy and migration, European policy and the security situation. On Thursday, 16 May, Ms Amherd will hold talks with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

13 May 2024

Florian Schütz in Birmingham: Greater international cooperation in cybersecurity

The director of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Florian Schütz, will be attending two key international events in the field of cybersecurity in Birmingham on 13–15 May. The trip is aimed at strengthening international cooperation on cybersecurity and the fight against ransomware.

13 May 2024

President Viola Amherd to hold talks with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Olaf Scholz

President Viola Amherd will travel to Germany this week for talks with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Olaf Scholz on the state of bilateral relations between Switzerland and Germany and the commitment of both countries to security and prosperity. The meeting with Chancellor Scholz is scheduled for Wednesday, 15 May, and the meeting with President Steinmeier for Thursday, 16 May.

6 May 2024

Twice as many cyber incidents reported and rise in AI scam attempts

More than 30,000 cyber incidents were reported to the NCSC in the second half of 2023, twice as many as in the same period last year. The strategy of the new federal office is based on four pillars in order to strengthen cyber security for the general public, businesses and public authorities in the face of increasing threats and the emergence of AI-driven fraud.

5 May 2024

Europe Day

Message from President Viola Amherd to mark Europe Day, Sunday, 5 May 2024.

3 May 2024

President Amherd meets with Italy’s President Mattarella and Prime Minister Meloni in Rome

President Viola Amherd met with Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Georgia Meloni on Friday, 3 May in Rome. The meeting focused on the good neighbourly relations between Switzerland and Italy, the ongoing negotiations between Switzerland and the European Union, the security situation in Europe and global issues.

29 April 2024

President Amherd to visit Italy and the Holy See

Swiss President Viola Amherd will travel to Rome this week to meet Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on Friday, 3 May. She will then spend a long weekend visiting the Holy See. While at the Vatican, Ms Amherd will meet with Pope Francis and State Secretary Pietro Parolin and attend the swearing in ceremony for new recruits to the Pontifical Swiss Guard on Monday, 6 May. A meeting with Italian defence minister Guido Crosetto is planned for the following day.

23 April 2024

Ignazio Cassis receives Austrian Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Schallenberg in Bern

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the FDFA, received Austrian Federal Minister for European and International Affairs Alexander Schallenberg in Bern today. Their discussions focused on the close bilateral relations between the two countries, Switzerland's European policy, current international affairs and the security situation. Both ministers reaffirmed their joint commitment to promoting global peace.

19 April 2024

Swiss Armed Forces to take part in world's largest cyber exercise

In April, the Swiss Armed Forces Cyber Command is taking part in 'Locked Shields 2024', the world's largest cyber defence exercise, along with national and international partners. The exercise will provide practice in warding off cyber attacks on a country's critical infrastructure, by training on the virtual infrastructure of a fictitious country. The exercise is largely conducted in a decentralised manner on a virtual training platform.

19 April 2024

President Amherd meets the president and prime minister of Hungary prior to it assuming EU Council presidency

On Friday, 19 April, President Viola Amherd met President Tamás Sulyok, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Parliamentary Speaker László Kövér in Budapest to discuss bilateral relations, the European policy of both countries and the European security situation. Hungary will assume the EU Council presidency in the second half of the year.

18 April 2024

Speech by President Viola Amherd at Andrássy University in Budapest

Speech by President Viola Amherd, head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS), at Andrássy University, Budapest, Thursday, 18 April 2024.

15 April 2024

President Amherd to visit Hungary, holder of next EU Council presidency

In a few days’ time President Viola Amherd will travel to Hungary, which will assume the EU Council presidency in the second half of the year. The main topics for discussion at meetings with President Tamás Sulyok, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the Speaker of the National Assembly László Kövér on Friday, 19 April, will include bilateral relations between Switzerland and Hungary, European policy and the security situation in Europe. On Thursday, 18 April, Ms Amherd will give a speech on these topics at Andrássy University in Budapest.

11 April 2024

Commitment to stability and security in Kosovo: Switzerland takes over KFOR’s transport company

Today marks the transition from the 49th to the 50th Swisscoy contingent in Kosovo. Under the command of Colonel Cyrus Wagner, the new contingent begins its first deployment with an increased strength of 215 troops. This increase allows Switzerland to strengthen its contribution to security and stability in the Western Balkans by taking over the leadership of the multinational transport company of the Kosovo Force (KFOR). Over 80% of Swiss forces in Kosovo are now directly assigned to KFOR for operational mission fulfilment.

11 April 2024

President Viola Amherd and Ethiopia’s President Sahle-Work Zewde open the International Cooperation Forum

President Viola Amherd and Ethiopia’s President Sahle-Work Zewde opened the third International Cooperation Forum (IC Forum) on Thursday, 11 April, in Basel. At a bilateral meeting, they discussed the extensive relations between Switzerland and Ethiopia as well as security issues in Europe and Africa. The IC Forum, which is organised by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), is taking place this year under the motto ‘What is peace?’ and is dedicated to building peace.

11 April 2024

Opening address by President Viola Amherd at the International Cooperation Forum

Opening address by President Viola Amherd, head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS), at the 2024 International Cooperation Forum Switzerland, Basel, Thursday, 11 April 2024.

10 April 2024

Switzerland to host high-level conference on peace at the Bürgenstock resort in June 2024

At its meeting on 10 April 2024, the Federal Council took note of the results of the exploratory phase of the high-level conference on peace in Ukraine. The conditions are now in place for the conference to be able to initiate a peace process. The first step is to develop a common understanding among the participating states with a view to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in Ukraine. The conference is scheduled for June 2024 at the Bürgenstock resort in the canton of Nidwalden.

10 April 2024

Federal Council decides to join the European Sky Shield Initiative

By participating in the European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI), Switzerland is increasing its international cooperation opportunities. At its meeting on 10 April, the Federal Council approved the declaration of accession to the ESSI Cooperative Procurement Framework Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The focus of the cooperation is on better coordination of procurement projects, training and logistical aspects in the area of ground-based air defence.

8 April 2024

What is peace? The main theme of the International Cooperation Forum 2024

On 11 and 12 April 2024, President of the Confederation Viola Amherd and Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis will take part in the third International Cooperation Forum (IC Forum) in Basel. 'What is Peace?' will be the guiding theme for discussions between representatives from politics, academia, the private sector and civil society. The goal of the IC Forum is to identify new avenues for promoting peace.

5 April 2024

Current figures on offset transactions as of end of March 2024

The Offset Register currently comprises seventeen offset obligations in the amount of CHF 5.34 billion, which must be awarded by foreign suppliers to Swiss companies. Of this, offset transactions in the amount of around CHF 1.97 billion have been carried out as at the end of March 2024.

4 April 2024

Improve your digital health – launch of national cybersecurity awareness campaign focusing on updates and virus protection

Regular updates and up-to-date virus protection greatly improve cybersecurity. This is why the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Swiss Crime Prevention (SCP) and cantonal and communal police forces are now launching a further part of the national S-U-P-E-R.ch campaign emphasising the importance of up-dates and virus protection. The campaign is supported by the internet security platform iBarry and "eBanking – but secure!" (EBAS).

3 April 2024

Discussions between the National Cyber Security Centre and the French Cybersecurity Agency (ANSSI)

Florian Schütz, Director of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), will meet with his French counterpart, Vincent Strubel, Director General of the French Cybersecurity Agency (ANSSI), on 3 April to discuss cybersecurity issues and strengthen relations between the two countries.

27 March 2024

Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons: Federal Council sees no need to change direction at this time

On the basis of a new comprehensive reassessment, the Federal Council decided at its meeting on 27 March 2024, that there is currently no reason to change its position on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which entered into force in 2021. It has therefore reaffirmed the conclusion it reached in 2018 and 2019 and has decided that Switzerland will not join the TPNW for the time being. The Federal Council's conclusion is based both on the assessment made in 2018–19 and recent security policy developments in Europe and globally. The Federal Council considers Switzerland's commitment to a world without nuclear weapons, pursued within the framework of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to be a more effective approach.

18 March 2024

President Amherd and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen open negotiations between Switzerland and the EU (last modification, the 19.03.2024)

On Monday, 18 March, President Viola Amherd and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen officially opened negotiations between Switzerland and the European Union (EU) in the presence of the chief negotiators from both sides. While in Brussels, Ms Amherd also met with Maroš Šefčovič, Executive Vice President of the European Commission. In addition to bilateral relations between Switzerland and the EU, geopolitical and security policy challenges facing Europe were also discussed.

15 March 2024

Federal Council in favour of participating in US State Partnership Program

The Federal Council wants Switzerland to participate in the State Partnership Program of the National Guard of the United States of America. This was decided at its meeting on 15 March. Participating in the programme will offer the Swiss Armed Forces the opportunity to further expand international cooperation and enhance its own defence capabilities.

14 March 2024

President Amherd to meet with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen on Monday

President Viola Amherd will meet with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on Monday, 18 March. Talks will focus on the official opening of negotiations between Switzerland and the European Union (EU). The European security situation will also be addressed.

13 March 2024

Switzerland delivers further relief supplies to Ukraine

Since the beginning of the war against Ukraine, Switzerland has sent regular shipments of relief goods to those impacted, with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) spearheading the effort financially and logistically. The first of three aid consignments in 2024 arrived in Kyiv today. The deliveries are made up of spare parts for fire engines, humanitarian demining equipment and medical supplies. This aid, valued at around CHF 900,000, is provided from the stock of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports (DDPS) and the city of Burgdorf in the Canton of Bern.

8 March 2024

«Peace begins with her » - Speech by State Secretary Markus Mäder

Speech by State Secretary for Security Policy Markus Mäder at the «Inside Out activation»of UN Women, on the occasion of International Women's Day, Uni Mail Geneva, Friday, 8 March 2024.

7 March 2024

Hacker attack on Xplain: National Cyber Security Centre publishes data analysis report

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) took over responsibility for incident management in the Federal Administration in the wake of the hacker attack on Xplain, a major provider of IT services to national and cantonal authorities. Part of its activities involved analysing the data that the perpetrators published on the darknet. The NCSC released a report today explaining its analysis and providing information on what type of data was affected and the challenges associated with analysing the data. The report does not evaluate the content of the data, nor does it analyse why certain data was leaked. The latter question will be clarified as part of the ongoing administrative investigation.

7 March 2024

Swiss President Amherd discusses bilateral relations and the European security situation at Bucharest meeting

President of the Swiss Confederation, Viola Amherd, concluded her trip to Romania by meeting with Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu on Thursday, 7 March to discuss bilateral relations, European policy issues and the current security situation. On Wednesday Ms Amherd met with President Klaus Iohannis and Finance Minister Marcel Bolos. She also attended the European People’s Party Congress in Bucharest, where her meeting with Maia Sandu, President of the Republic of Moldova, also focused on security issues.

4 March 2024

President Amherd to meet with Romanian heads of state and government

Viola Amherd, President of the Swiss Confederation, will visit Romania on 6 and 7 March to meet with President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu. Talks will focus on bilateral relations, with a particular emphasis on the second Swiss contribution, European policy and the security situation in Europe. Ms Amherd will also participate in the European People’s Party Congress in Bucharest.

26 February 2024

Florian Schütz takes part in the Common Good Cyber Workshop 2024 in Washington D.C.

On 26 and 27 February, Switzerland will once again play an active international role in efforts to improve cyber security. Florian Schütz, Director of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), will take part in the Common Good Cyber Workshop 2024 in Washington D.C., organised by the NGO Global Cyber Alliance.

21 February 2024

Federal Council opens consultation on draft legislation to ban Hamas

Switzerland is to ban Hamas. The Federal Council decided at its meeting on 21 February to open the consultation on the necessary legal basis. The ban will also include Hamas cover and successor organisations as well as organisations that act on its behalf or in its name.

7 February 2024

Switzerland and Norway emphasise common values and interests

President Viola Amherd met with Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre on Wednesday, 7 February to discuss bilateral relations, the European policy of both countries and the security situation on the continent. A further topic of the talks was trade policy within the framework of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). An exchange with King Harald V is planned for Thursday, 8 February.

6 February 2024

President Amherd meets President and Prime Minister of Estonia

On 6 February, President Viola Amherd met with President Alar Karis, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and Defence Minister Hanno Pevkur in the Estonian capital of Tallinn. The main topics of discussion were European policy and the security situation. A visit to the Cyber Defence Centre was also on the agenda, with a view to cooperation on cyber defence issues.

2 February 2024

President Amherd to travel to Estonia and Norway

President Viola Amherd will pay a visit to Estonia and Norway next week. Switzerland maintains close relations with both countries. In Estonia, meetings are scheduled with President Alar Karis and Prime Minister Kaja Kallas on Tuesday, 6 February. Ms Amherd will then meet with Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre on Wednesday, 7 February. An exchange with King Harald V is also planned in Oslo.

31 January 2024

Federal Council approves report on strengthening the defence capability of the Armed Forces and deepening international cooperation

At its meeting on 24 January, the Federal Council approved the Report on Defence Capability and Cooperation, which addresses postulates submitted by the Council of States Security Policy Committee SPC-S (23.3000) and Council of States member Josef Dittli (23.3131). The report sets out how Switzerland intends to strengthen the defence capabilities of its Armed Forces and achieve closer, institutionalised cooperation with NATO while maintaining its neutrality.

26 January 2024

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Message from the President of the Swiss Confederation to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Saturday, 27 January 2024.

25 January 2024

Current figures on offset transactions

The Offset Register currently comprises eighteen offset obligations in the amount of CHF 5.14 billion, which must be awarded by foreign suppliers to Swiss companies. Of this, orders in the amount of around CHF 1.94 billion have been issued to Swiss industry as at the end of 2023. The figures in the Offset Register will be updated and published on a quarterly basis from 2024

18 January 2024

Focus of President Amherd’s talks at Davos on European policy, security matters and economic development

President Viola Amherd met with around a dozen heads of state and government for lengthy bilateral talks at this year’s WEF Annual Meeting where discussions focused on Switzerland's relations with European countries and the European Union (EU), the security situation in Europe and the Middle East, and economic development. In the run-up to the Annual Meeting, President Amherd met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Chinese Prime Minister Li Qiang.

17 January 2024

Several Federal Administration websites disrupted temporarily by DDoS attack

A DDoS attack disrupted temporarily access to a number of websites today, including some belonging to the Federal Administration. The Russian-linked hacker group ‘NoName’ claimed responsibility for the attack, citing Ukrainian President Zelenskyy's attendance at the WEF Annual Meeting. The cyberattack was promptly detected and the Federal Administration's specialists took the necessary action to restore access to the websites as quickly as possible. An attack of this kind had been expected, and appropriate security measures were in place. DDoS attacks are aimed at making websites unavailable. They do not result in any data being lost or compromised.

16 January 2024

Opening address by President Viola Amherd at the WEF Annual Meeting

Opening address by President Viola Amherd, head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS), at the 2024 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Tuesday, 16 January 2024.

15 January 2024

Switzerland and China renew high-level contacts and deepen relations in the run-up to 75th anniversary

On Monday, 15 January, a Federal Council delegation led by President Viola Amherd received a Chinese delegation led by Premier Li Qiang at the Lohn Estate for an official visit to Switzerland. This was the first such high-level meeting since the pandemic. The delegations discussed the deep and wide-ranging bilateral relations characterised by dialogue on around 30 issues, as well as a range of current international affairs.

15 January 2024

Switzerland reaffirms solidarity with Ukraine

During the official visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Bern on Monday 15 January, Switzerland and Ukraine acknowledged the depth and dynamism of their bilateral relations. The Swiss government delegation, led by President Viola Amherd, underscored Switzerland's continued solidarity with Ukraine. Another key item on the agenda was the follow-up to the meeting of national security advisers hosted in Davos on Sunday within the framework of the Ukrainian peace formula. Switzerland expressed its willingness to organise a high-level summit.

12 January 2024

Programme of members of the Federal Council attending the 2024 WEF Annual Meeting

The 54th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum is taking place in Davos next week. Six members of the Federal Council will be attending. President Viola Amherd will open the event together with WEF founder Prof. Klaus Schwab on Tuesday, 16 January.

10 January 2024

Address by the president of the Swiss Confederation Viola Amherd at the New Year's reception for the diplomatic corps

Address by the president of the Swiss Confederation, Viola Amherd, head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS), at the New Year's reception for the diplomatic corps, Wednesday, 10 January 2024.

28 December 2023

The NCSC is now a federal office

The National Cybersecurity Centre will become a federal office on 1 January 2024. Media releases from the new federal office, which retains the name National Cyber Security Centre in English, can be subscribed from now on. All previous media releases from the NCSC will continue to be available on the Confederation's website.

22 December 2023

Markus Mäder appointed State Secretary for Security Policy

At its meeting on 22 December, the Federal Council appointed Dr Markus Mäder as State Secretary for Security Policy. The current head of International Relations Defence will become head of the new State Secretariat for Security Policy (SEPOS) on 1 January. The head of the DDPS, Federal Councillor Viola Amherd, also informed the Federal Council that she has appointed Pälvi Pulli as Deputy State Secretary. For this role, the Federal Council has conferred the title of ambassador on Ms Pulli.

22 December 2023

Manuel Suter appointed Deputy Director of National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

The head of the DDPS, Federal Councillor Viola Amherd, has appointed Manuel Suter as Deputy Director of the NCSC as of 1 January 2024. The Federal Council was informed of the appointment at its meeting on 22 December.

20 December 2023

Switzerland steps up winter aid for Ukrainians

Facing the severe challenges of an unforgiving winter, millions in Ukraine find themselves in dire need of assistance. In response, Switzerland's federal government is supporting the beleaguered Ukrainian population this winter too with targeted action and an additional CHF 11.8 million in aid. This brings the total investment in winter relief measures up to around CHF 26 million.

20 December 2023

Project duration for the reconnaissance drone system (ADS 15) to be extended

In view of the technical problems in early 2023 and in particular the volatile situation in the Middle East, the Federal Office for Defence Procurement armasuisse has agreed with the supplier of the ADS 15 (Elbit Systems Ltd) on an extension of the project by two years up to the end of 2026. As compensation, Elbit has to deliver an additional support package to Switzerland and extend the warranty period for the Swiss drones by two years. Moreover, Elbit has provided binding performance guarantees which are secured by extensive financial penalties in the event of non-fulfilment.

4 December 2023

Chair of the NATO Military Committee on official visit to Switzerland

On 4 and 5 December, Admiral Rob Bauer, the Chair of the NATO Military Committee, will be paying an official visit to the Swiss Armed Forces. Discussions with the Chief of the Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Thomas Süssli, will focus on intensifying cooperation with NATO. A courtesy visit with the head of the DDPS, Federal Councillor Viola Amherd, is also on the agenda.

29 November 2023

Federal Council approves 2024-2027 strategic objectives for RUAG International

During its meeting on 29 November 2023, the Federal Council approved the strategic objectives for RUAG International Holding AG for 2024 to 2027. Whereas the previous strategy period centred on the split of the RUAG group, the next few years will focus on the completion of the privatisation and, in particular, the sale of Beyond Gravity (space division) by the end of 2025.

22 November 2023

Federal Council approves export of 25 main battle tanks to Germany

On 22 November, the Federal Council approved the application for the export of 25 Leopard 2 A4 main battle tanks to their original manufacturer, Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH in Germany. Germany has given assurances that the tanks will remain either in Germany, with NATO or with its EU partners in order to meet existing shortfalls.

15 November 2023

Switzerland and France reaffirm and deepen relations during President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit

On 15 November, the entire Federal Council welcomed the French president, Emmanuel Macron, and his wife, Brigitte Macron, on a state visit. The military honours on the Bundesplatz were followed by official speeches and talks. Switzerland and France reaffirmed their commitment to deepen bilateral relations and signed two memorandums of understanding. European policy and the current international situation were also key topics of the talks. The second day of the visit will be dedicated to cooperation in the areas of research, innovation and education, and to pan-European challenges.

9 November 2023

Federal Council to welcome France’s President Emmanuel Macron on state visit

The Federal Council has invited President Emmanuel Macron of France and his wife, Brigitte Macron, on a state visit to Switzerland with a view to enhancing/ the long-standing diplomatic relations with France and advancing important bilateral topics. The state guest will be received on Wednesday, 15 November by the entire Federal Council with military honours on the Bundesplatz. This will be followed by official speeches in the lobby of the Federal Palace and political discussions in the Bernerhof. The second day of the visit will be devoted to cooperation in the areas of research, innovation and education, and pan-European challenges.

26 October 2023

Cyber Start-up Challenge 2023: Start-up Ostorlab convinces the DDPS

The Cyber-Defence Campus of armasuisse Science and Technology has launched a challenge to promote relevant start-ups and innovative technologies in the cyber area. At the fourth edition of the Cyber Start-up Challenge, the company Ostorlab proved very impressive with its application scanner, which performs security analyses for mobile applications. In 2024, the company will be able to implement its solution in a feasibility study tailor-made for the Armed Forces and thus demonstrate it in a real environment for the DDPS.

17 October 2023

Chief of the US National Guard Bureau visits Chief of the Swiss Armed Forces

Lieutenant General Thomas Süssli, Chief of the Swiss Armed Forces, will meet for a working visit with General Daniel R. Hokanson, Chief of the US National Guard Bureau, on 18 and 19 October. The talks will focus in particular on possibilities for enhancing training cooperation and on their different military service models. The two military chiefs will also attend the Axalp 2023 air display by the Swiss Air Force.

12 October 2023

Federal Councillor Amherd to meet with European defence ministers in Brussels

The Framework Nations Concept (FNC), a multinational initiative for the joint development of defence capabilities, is celebrating its tenth anniversary. As initiator of the FNC, Germany has invited ministers to a meeting in Brussels to honour the cooperation programme. Federal Councillor Viola Amherd will attend the meeting with her European counterparts and exchange views on the current security situation, in particular the war in Ukraine and the attacks by Hamas in Israel.

11 October 2023

Federal Council condemns terrorist attacks by Hamas in Israel and enhances Switzerland's capacity to act

At its meeting on 11 October 2023, the Federal Council discussed the recent outrageous attacks carried out by Hamas from the Gaza Strip against civilians in Israel. It condemns these terrorist acts in the strongest terms and calls for the immediate release of the hostages held by Hamas. In view of the situation, Switzerland must be able to act effectively and in a coordinated fashion. To this end, the Federal Council has decided to expand the task force set up by the FDFA, and convert it into a Federal Council task force. The Federal Council takes the stance that Hamas should be considered a terrorist organisation.

29 September 2023

Switzerland prioritises humanitarian demining in Ukraine

On 29 September 2023, the Federal Council approved a CHF 100 million package to demine civilian and agricultural areas in Ukraine and aid the country's recovery. The funding will be provided in equal shares by the Department of Defence, Civil Protection, and Sport (DDPS) and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). In this way, Switzerland is offering its expertise to help tackle this enormous humanitarian challenge.

21 September 2023

Partnership for Peace: Switzerland and NATO set cooperation targets for 2023 and 2024

Switzerland and NATO have defined the objectives of their cooperation for 2023 and 2024 in a non-legally binding Individually Tailored Partnership Programme (ITPP). The ITPP was concluded under the Partnership for Peace (PfP) programme and affirms the Federal Council’s intention to strengthen international cooperation in the area of security policy.

18 September 2023

Swiss Air Force to train with U.S. Air Force in Switzerland

The Swiss Air Force and the U.S. Air Force will conduct a joint training exercise in Swiss airspace from 18–21 September 2023. The training is part of Switzerland's efforts to strengthen its defence capabilities through international cooperation.

11 September 2023

Swiss aid operation in Greece concluded

The Swiss deployment to fight forest fires and support Greece after the floods came to an end on Sunday evening, 10 September 2023. In the initial phase, the team supported the Greek authorities in fire-fighting operations for five days with Swiss army helicopters. In the second phase, the team focused on the flooded areas of central Greece. Three Super Puma helicopters were used to transport people and distribute material. Today, Monday, the helicopters and their crews as well as the Swiss Humanitarian Aid rapid response team returned to Switzerland.

7 September 2023

Greece: Swiss relief operation refocused on flooding

The Swiss operation to fight forest fires in Greece was completed on Thursday evening, 7 September 2023. The fires were brought under control. The Greek authorities have now appealed to Switzerland to adapt its relief operation to provide assistance to the areas affected by flooding. Switzerland is therefore continuing its humanitarian relief operation and, starting tomorrow, will be the first country to support the Greek authorities in tackling the flooding in the Thessaly region. Three Swiss Armed Forces helicopters have been deployed to transport people and supplies.

1 September 2023

Wildfires in Greece: Switzerland dispatches army helicopters

Wildfires continue to rage across Greece. In response to requests for help from the Greek authorities, Switzerland is dispatching three army helicopters and personnel to reinforce fire-fighting operations on the ground.

29 August 2023

Humanitarian demining: Remote-controlled demining machine ready for delivery to Ukraine

The DDPS is providing the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU) with a remote-controlled demining machine to safely and efficiently clear areas that have been contaminated with mines, cluster munitions and explosive remnants of war since the outbreak of the conflict. The machine was presented to the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) by the Swiss DIGGER Foundation on 29 August and is now ready for delivery to Ukraine by the Van for Life Foundation.

23 August 2023

Xplain hack: Federal Council approves investigation order

At its meeting of 23 August 2023, the Federal Council ordered an administrative investigation into the events surrounding the data leak at Xplain AG and approved the investigation order. As instructed by the Federal Council, the Federal Department of Finance (FDF) will appoint an investigative body. It will mandate the Geneva-based law firm OBERSON ABELS SA for this role. In its capacity as an independent body, it is to investigate whether the Federal Administration adequately complied with its duties when selecting, instructing, supervising and working with Xplain AG. Furthermore, measures are to be identified to prevent a similar incident from occurring in the future.

10 August 2023

ReFuel.ch awarded funding from SWEET programme

A decision has been made on the call for proposals “Sustainable Fuels and Platform Chemicals”: The reFuel.ch consortium led by the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) will receive project funding.

17 July 2023

Swiss expertise bolsters humanitarian demining efforts in Ukraine

The Swiss Confederation is using Swiss expertise to support humanitarian demining in Ukraine. It supports the Ukrainian authorities' activities and contributes to the clearance of mines and unexploded ordnance through projects carried out by the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and the Fondation suisse de déminage (FSD).

7 July 2023

Federal Councillor Amherd signs memoranda of understanding to increase international cooperation

Federal Councillor Amherd, head of the DDPS, is hosting this year's D-A-CH meeting, for which Austria and Germany's ministers of defence, Klaudia Tanner and Boris Pistorius, have travelled to Bern. The main topics were the security situation in Europe, the effects of the war in Ukraine, trilateral cooperation and military peacebuilding. The three ministers of defence signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on their participation in the European Sky Shields Initiative (ESSI), which deals with procurement, and an agreement to promote research cooperation in the field of armaments. Ms Amherd and Mr Pistorius also expressed their intention to cooperate bilaterally in the area of strategic air transport.

6 July 2023

Federal Councillor Viola Amherd receives Austrian Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner and German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius in Bern

The annual gathering of Swiss, Austrian and German defence ministers is taking place in Bern on 6 and 7 July. Federal Councillor Viola Amherd has invited Austrian Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner and German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius to discuss a range of issues including the impact of the war in Ukraine on European security policy, trilateral cooperation and military peace support. A memorandum of understanding to participate in the European Sky Shields Initiative is also expected to be signed.

26 June 2023

« Switzerland's Security 2023 »: The Federal Intelligence Service publishes its latest situation report

Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine continues to have a lasting impact on national and international security policy. Switzerland’s security continues to be shaped in particular by the growing rivalry between major powers. The Federal Intelligence Service’s (FIS) abilities to anticipate, identify and assess in time threats and developments that are of strategic importance to Switzerland are crucial for taking preventive measures. The latest FIS situation report presents the main developments in intelligence over the past year.

26 June 2023

Chief of the Armed Forces visits US for update on the implementation of Air2030

From 26 to 30 June, Chief of the Armed Forces Lieutenant General Thomas Süssli will be in the United States on a working visit. He will visit military and industrial sites to gain an insight into the assembly, operation and training activities with regard to the PATRIOT long-range surface-to-air missile defence systems and the new F-35A fighter jet. He will also meet with representatives of the United States Armed Forces.

22 June 2023

Humanitarian demining: DDPS presents Ukraine with remote-controlled demining machine

The number of areas in Ukraine contaminated with mines and unexploded ordnance has risen sharply since the beginning of the war. To meet this challenge, the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) has presented the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU) with a demining machine from the Swiss Digger Foundation. The machine allows large areas contaminated with mines and other explosive ordnance to be cleared safely and efficiently. In addition, the Swiss Armed Forces have been training the Ukrainian civilian authorities in humanitarian demining since summer 2022.

8 June 2023

Cyber-Defence Campus launches Cyber Startup Challenge 2023

The Cyber-Defence Campus of the DDPS is organising another Cyber Startup Challenge. This year's theme is «Smartphone Security» and the aim is to find innovative solutions for the security of smartphone applications to mitigate their potential threats. The winner will receive a contract for a proof of concept and can demonstrate their solution in a real DDPS environment. The closing date for entries is 31 August 2023.

6 June 2023

Swiss Air Force to participate in multinational helicopter exercise in Portugal

From 7 to 21 June, members of the Swiss Air Force will train with three Super Puma and Cougar helicopters in Beja, Portugal. The purpose of the multinational Hotblade Helicopter Exercise is to compare and develop tactical capabilities with other countries and improve interoperability. Switzerland is participating in the exercise for the first time.

30 May 2023

New website “Military brands” shows armasuisse’s implementation of the military brand strategy

The Federal Office for Defence Procurement armasuisse is responsible for the protection, defence and licensing of the military brands, in particular “Swiss Army”, “Swiss Military” and “Swiss Air Force”. The new website “Military brands” shows the strategy and implementation that is being pursued for the management and protection of the military brands. The aim of the transparent information policy is to make the public aware of the lawful use of the military brands.

25 May 2023

75 years of UN peacebuilding: Federal Councillor Amherd pays working visit to New York

The head of the DDPS, Federal Councillor Viola Amherd will mark the International Day of UN Peacekeepers and Switzerland assuming the chair of the UN Security Council by paying a working visit to the UN in New York on 25 and 26 May. Ms Amherd will chair a meeting of the Security Council on peace and security in Africa. She will also hold bilateral talks with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and other UN representatives, and attend events organised by the UN to mark the 75th anniversary of the oldest UN peacekeeping mission (UNTSO).

25 May 2023

Swiss Air Force to participate in international air defence exercise in Sweden

From 29 May to 10 June, members of the Swiss Air Force will train with up to six F/A-18 fighter jets in Kallax, Sweden. The purpose of the international Arctic Challenge Exercise is to compare and develop one’s own capabilities with other countries and improve interoperability.

24 May 2023

Federal Council supports decommissioning of 25 main battle tanks

The Federal Council supports the proposal of the National Council Security Policy Committee to officially decommission 25 Leopard 2 main battle tanks. At its meeting on 24 May, the Federal Council authorised the head of the DDPS, Viola Amherd, to support the proposal in the parliamentary discussion on the 2023 Armed Forces Dispatch.

24 May 2023

Florian Schütz appointed director of the new Federal Office for Cyber Security

At its meeting on 24 May, the Federal Council appointed Florian Schütz, currently the Federal Cyber Security Delegate and head of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), as director of the new Federal Office for Cyber Security as of 1 January 2024.

23 May 2023

Reconnaissance technologies: armasuisse is organising an international research experiment in Walenstadt in cooperation with NATO

From 13 – 20 May, armasuisse carried out a joint research measurement experiment in Switzerland with the research organisation of NATO for the first time. The focus was on detecting hazards in built-up areas with new acoustic and seismic means.

23 May 2023

Flight operation for the reconnaissance drone system (ADS 15) resumed

The Federal Office for Defence Procurement armasuisse has rectified the malfunction with a drone from the reconnaissance drone system (ADS 15) and clarified the cause. Flight operation at the Emmen Military Air Base has thus been resumed.

16 May 2023

Delivery of air-to-air guided missiles AIM-120, C-7

armasuisse has accepted a further delivery of the radar-guided missiles model AIM-120 C-7 approved with the 2017 armament programme. The transport took place today on board an US Air Force Lockheed C-130J. The aircraft landed at the Payerne Military Air Base in the morning.

5 May 2023

Vice president of the Federal Council to pay visit to the Pope and Swiss Guard at the Vatican

Viola Amherd, Vice president of the Federal Council, will attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new recruits to the Pontifical Swiss Guard at the Vatican on 6 May. She will also hold talks with Pope Francis and Christoph Graf, Commander of the Guard.

1 May 2023

New licensee for the “Swiss Military” brand

The Federal Office for Defence Procurement armasuisse has signed a contract for the “Swiss Military” brand with the company Kambly SA as a new licensee. The company Kambly SA produces the “Military Biscuit” supplied to the Swiss Armed Forces and will now market this in a new packaging for civilian trade under the brand “Swiss Military”. The revenue from the royalties will flow into the Federal Treasury. This means armasuisse can continue to implement the commercialisation of the military brands as required by Parliament since 2012.

28 April 2023

Successful cooperation between the DDPS and the Swiss financial sector to protect privacy

The Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) has concluded a joint pilot project with the Swiss National Bank, SIX and Zurich Cantonal bank to strengthen the resilience of critical Swiss infrastructure in the area of cyber defence. The initiative aims to enable security teams in the financial sector to have access to cyber defence capacities of the Confederation and to improve the general security situation through increased collaboration. Conventional data collaboration challenges are overcome by the use of confidential computing and data clean rooms, a combination of new encryption and data protection technologies.

20 April 2023

Federal Councillor Viola Amherd to sign a declaration of intent on security policy during London visit

Federal Councillor Viola Amherd will meet with her UK counterpart, Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace, in London on 20 April. Talks are to focus on security in Europe and various ways that Switzerland and the UK can increase cooperation in this area. Ms Amherd, head of the DDPS, will also use the occasion to sign a declaration of intent to formalise the countries’ cooperation on security.

13 April 2023

Federal Council and cantons define new national cyberstrategy

The new national cyberstrategy (NCS) was approved by the Federal Council during its meeting on 5 April 2023 and by the cantons during today's plenary session of the CCJPD. The strategy sets out the objectives and measures with which the federal government and the cantons, together with the business community and universities, intend to counter cyberthreats. A steering committee will be established to plan and coordinate the implementation of the strategy, and will also refine it. Its role is to be expanded and its independence increased.

12 April 2023

Swiss National Armaments Director to meet with counterpart from Finland

On 12 and 13 April 2023, National Armaments Director Martin Sonderegger will receive his counterpart from Finland, Tarja Jaakola, for a bilateral meeting. Talks will focus on the procurement strategy among other topics. The meeting will take place in Thun and Bern.

4 April 2023

FDFA and DDPS launch Action Plan on Mine Action 2023–2026

Switzerland is continuing its long-standing commitment to humanitarian mine action. In the new action plan, the FDFA and DDPS jointly set out three fields of action with goals and measures for the years 2023–26. The plan focuses not only on implementing the relevant conventions and support for the clearance of contaminated areas, but also on innovative approaches. In addition, Switzerland will provide targeted support to Ukraine in the coming years.

4 April 2023

Model selected for new anti-tank guided missile

armasuisse has selected the model for a new anti-tank missile system with SPIKE LR2 from Eurospike. It is planned to propose procurement of the weapons systems to Parliament in the 2024 Armed Forces Dispatch.

29 March 2023

Federal Council improves crisis management structures

The Federal Council aims to be better prepared for crisis situations and have more efficient mechanisms in place for dealing with them. At its meeting on 29 March, it decided, based on the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, to strengthen the organisation of the Federal Administration so it is better equipped for future crises. In the event of complex crises, the Federal Council will be able to deploy crisis units at both a strategic and operational level. The Federal Council remains the supreme governing authority. In addition, a Standing Core Unit will provide crisis management support to the departmental staff offices. The Federal Council has tasked the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport DDPS and the Federal Chancellery FCh with drawing up core legislation on the new crisis management structure by the end of 2023.

28 March 2023

First relocation of the reconnaissance drone to the Payerne military airfield

The reconnaissance drone system 15 was relocated to the Payerne military airfield last week. This week, armasuisse is testing the infrastructures and processes with the drone together with the Air Force in Payerne.

22 March 2023

Visit to the Singapore Defence Technology Summit

From 22 to 24 March 2023, a delegation from the Federal Office for Defence Procurement armasuisse led by Deputy National Armaments Director Thomas Rothacher will attend the «Singapore Defence Technology Summit». The focus will be on the international exchange of trends and developments in the defence and security sectors.

7 March 2023

Earthquake impacts in Switzerland systematically determined for the first time

Until now, little has been known about the effects that earthquakes in Switzerland could have on people and buildings. At the request of the Federal Council, the Swiss Seismological Service (SED) at ETH Zurich together with the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the Federal Office for Civil Protection (FOCP), EPFL and other partners from industry have developed the first publicly accessible and – and, to date, most reliable – earthquake risk model for Switzerland. The model provides a new tool enabling the public, authorities and businesses to prepare for earthquakes and to better cope with the next damaging quake.

16 February 2023

Vice President Amherd and Federal Councillor Cassis at the 2023 Munich Security Conference

From 17 to 19 February, Vice President of the Federal Council Viola Amherd and Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis will be attending the Munich Security Conference. During this working visit, the heads of the DDPS and the FDFA will exchange views with their counterparts on security and foreign policy issues.

13 February 2023

Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria: Swiss Rescue ends mission – Switzerland sends more specialists and material to earthquake-hit region

After almost a week of sustained operations, Swiss Rescue is ending its search for survivors of the devastating earthquake in Turkey. The team and the search dogs are returning to Switzerland on Monday 13 February 2023. The second phase of the emergency aid operations was already launched on Saturday 11 February 2023, with the arrival of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit's rapid response team in Hatay Province, Turkey. In addition, an initial aid delivery with 300 winter-proof family tents is on its way to the earthquake-hit region.

10 February 2023

Fresh reinforcements leave for devastated areas of Turkey and Syria

The earthquakes in Turkey and Syria have caused massive damage, leaving thousands of people in the two countries dead or injured, with the number of casualties still expected to rise. In response to an appeal from the Turkish authorities, Swiss Humanitarian Aid immediately sent a Swiss Rescue team to the affected regions last Monday. A second phase of the emergency response is being launched today.

10 February 2023

Head of the Armed Forces to welcome NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe on a working visit

On 9 February 2023, General Christopher G. Cavoli, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), paid a working visit to the Swiss Armed Forces. Talks held with Armed Forces chief Lieutenant General Thomas Süssli focused on intensifying cooperation with NATO. There was also a meeting with the Head of Security Policy in DDPS, Ambassador Pälvi Pulli.

6 February 2023

Earthquake hits Turkish–Syrian border region: Swiss Rescue helps search for survivors

On 6 February 2023, a number of earthquakes occurred along the Turkish–Syrian border. Swiss Humanitarian Aid has sent around 80 Swiss Rescue experts and eight search dogs to the Gaziantep area in southern Turkey. The rescue team also includes disaster response specialists from the Swiss Armed Forces. The rescue effort is in response to an appeal for help from the Turkish authorities. The Swiss authorities are in the process of clarifying what assistance is needed by people in Syria affected by the earthquakes.

13 January 2023

Programme of members of the Federal Council attending the WEF Annual Meeting 2023

The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum is once again taking place at its traditional date in January after recent editions were cancelled due to the pandemic in 2021 and postponed to the spring last year. President Alain Berset will open the event together with WEF founder Prof. Klaus Schwab, on Tuesday, 17 January.

14 December 2022

Security robotics for Switzerland

ETH Zurich and armasuisse Science and Technology are launching a joint security robotics programme. Over the course of five years, armasuisse will be investing 2.5 million Swiss francs in selected research projects.

2 December 2022

NCSC to become federal office in DDPS

Based on the growing significance of cybersecurity and the good work done in recent years to establish the National Cybersecurity Centre (NCSC) in the Federal Department of Finance (FDF), the NCSC is to become a federal office. During its meeting on 2 December 2022, the Federal Council decided that the new federal office will be located in the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS). It instructed the DDPS, in collaboration with the FDF, to define the structures of the new federal office by end-March 2023.

29 November 2022

State visit by President Mattarella underlines importance of Swiss-Italian relations

The state visit of Italian President Sergio Mattarella to Switzerland underlines the close relations between the two countries. President Mattarella was welcomed to Bern by the full Federal Council on Tuesday, 29 November. In his welcome speech, President Ignazio Cassis paid tribute to the close ties between Switzerland and Italy and their intensive contacts, which reinforce the italianità already present in Switzerland's DNA. Besides bilateral relations, the official talks focused on European policy, the security situation on the continent and multilateral issues.

21 November 2022

Study on offset transactions: Higher research intensity, higher export volume and higher export dynamics

Companies which have the chance to exercise offset transactions for arms procurement exhibit a higher research intensity, a higher export volume and higher export dynamics than the relevant comparable sectors in each case. This is shown by an independent study from BAK Economics. Between 2018 and 2021, around one billion Francs flowed into Swiss industry thanks to these transactions. The study also shows which data can be used to measure the achievement of offset goals and transform it into periodic monitoring. Based on these results, armasuisse is continuing to expand the digitalisation of its working tools and is adjusting its processes.

26 October 2022

«Cyber Startup Challenge 2022»: Startup ONEKEY convinces the DDPS

The DDPS Cyber-Defence Campus has launched a challenge to foster relevant startups and innovative technologies in the cyber area. In this third issue of the Cyber Startup Challenge, the startup company ONEKEY was able to convince the jury of its innovative solution in the area of automated security of Internet of Things devices. In 2023, the company will be able to implement its solution in a proof of concept tailored for the Armed Forces and thus demonstrate it in a real environment.

14 October 2022

Reconnaissance technologies: armasuisse is organising an international research event in Interlaken in cooperation with NATO

More than 130 experts as well as NATO research organisation delegates from 22 countries met in Interlaken between 10 and 14 October. The focus was on a specialist event for satellite observation as well as a panel meeting on modern sensors and electronics technology. The DDPS, represented by armasuisse Science and Technology (S+T), co-organised the event and took part in both the research activities as part of the Partnership for Peace programme (PfP).

7 October 2022

Ukraine: Switzerland delivers fire-fighting and rubble removal equipment worth over CHF 5 million

Switzerland is making a new delivery of material to Ukraine. At the request of the Ukrainian authorities, it will provide equipment to fight fires, clean contaminated water and remove debris and rubble. The Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) and the city of Basel donated the equipment, worth CHF 5.2 million in total. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), part of the FDFA, will finance and organise the transport of the goods. The first two lorries left Switzerland today.

5 October 2022

Meeting of the research directors from the DACH countries

On 5 and 6 October, a delegation of research directors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH countries) will meet in Thun. The focus will be on the mutual exchange of topics such as drone defence and energy. The meeting will be conducted by armasuisse Science and Technology.

29 September 2022

Fifth call for proposals launched for SWEET funding programme

The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) is launching a new call for proposals under the SWEET funding programme on the topic 'Sustainable Fuels and Platform Chemicals'. Sustainable liquid and gaseous fuels will make an important contribution to achieving the goals of the energy strategy and long-term climate strategy. How and where can these be produced? Answers to these and other questions are to come from the new call for proposals, in which the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) and armasuisse are also participating. The application deadline is 9 December 2022.

19 September 2022

Air2030: Procurement contract signed for the F-35A

National Armaments Director Martin Sonderegger and the Swiss F-35A Program Manager Darko Savic signed the procurement contract on 19 September 2022 at armasuisse in Bern. With this, the procurement of 36 F-35A is contractually agreed. The aircraft will be delivered between 2027 and 2030 and will replace the current fleet of F/A-18 Hornets and F-5 Tigers.

15 September 2022

‘One of the all-time greats’ – sports minister Viola Amherd pays tribute to Roger Federer’s extraordinary career

As Roger Federer announces his retirement, Swiss sports minister Viola Amherd pays tribute to the career of this extraordinary athlete.

10 August 2022

War in Ukraine – Switzerland delivers an additional 100 tonnes of humanitarian supplies

Switzerland is continuing to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine. In the past few days, the FDFA has organised several convoys carrying 100 tonnes of supplies, including medical and sanitation equipment. These operations are part of the support efforts undertaken by the federal government since the start of the war. In cooperation with the DDPS, the FDFA has delivered over 5,300 tonnes of emergency aid to Ukraine and neighbouring countries since March.

12 July 2022

Switzerland hosts third NATO Partnerships 360 Symposium at Maison de la Paix in Geneva

The Partnerships 360 Symposium, which takes place from 11 to 13 July, brings together allied and partner nations for a free exchange of ideas on the future evolution of NATO's partnerships policy. The symposium will be attended by 250 civilian and military representatives from NATO member and partner states. This is the first time that the symposium is being hosted by a NATO partner nation.

5 July 2022

Women’s national football team embarks on Euro adventure with support from Magglingen

Switzerland’s women’s football team has qualified for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 in England on 6–31 July 2022. The Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen (SFISM) assisted the team with its preparations by conducting performance diagnostics.

29 June 2022

125th anniversary of First Zionist Congress on 29 August in Basel: military support service and airspace restriction

In its meeting of 29 June, the Federal Council approved temporarily restricting airspace during the celebrations to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the First Zionist Congress in Basel. The Air Force will provide air policing services and additional airspace surveillance for the event. The military will also set up a support service with up to 700 soldiers to complement civilian authorities’ security measures.

28 June 2022

Cyber Defence Campus launches 2022 Cyber Startup Challenge

The Cyber-Defence Campus of the DDPS is again holding a Cyber Startup Challenge this year. With the theme “Network detection and security of Internet of Things devices”, innovative solutions are being sought in the area of automatic network search and security check. The winner will receive an order for a proof of concept and demonstrate their solution in a real DDPS environment. The registration deadline is 31 August 2022.

27 June 2022

Switzerland's Security 2022: The Federal Intelligence Service publishes its latest situation report

Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine is expected to have a lasting impact on national and international security policy. Switzerland’s security continues to be shaped in particular by the growing rivalry between major powers. The Federal Intelligence Service’s (FIS) abilities to anticipate, identify and assess in time threats and developments that are of strategic importance to Switzerland are crucial for taking preventive measures. The latest FIS situation report presents the main developments in intelligence over the past year.

20 June 2022

Path to reconstruction passes through Lugano – President Cassis presents plans for URC2022

On Monday, 20 June, at their traditional meeting, President Ignazio Cassis and the government of Ticino held discussions on preparations for the Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC2022). High-level delegations from around 40 countries and 20 international organisations have been invited to attend the conference, which will take place in Lugano on 4 and 5 July. President Cassis briefed the media today in Bellinzona together with Ticino Cantonal Councillor Norman Gobbi, Police Commander Matteo Cocchi and representatives from the armed forces and fedpol.

15 June 2022

Successful first flight of the reconnaissance drone in Switzerland

This morning, at shortly after 07:00, the new reconnaissance drone for the Swiss Armed Forces in Emmen completed its first flight. With this successful test flight, the reconnaissance drone system 15 (ADS 15) reaches another important milestone.

13 June 2022

Visit by the National Armaments Director to the Eurosatory

National Armaments Director Martin Sonderegger will visit the weaponry industry trade fair Eurosatory in Paris from 13 to 15 June 2022. In addition to various company visits at the fair, he will meet with colleagues from France and Israel.

10 June 2022

Ukraine Recovery Conference in Lugano: comprehensive security measures

The Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC 2022) being held in Lugano on 4 and 5 July 2022 will focus on the reconstruction of Ukraine. The conference is taking place against the backdrop of heightened international tensions and comprehensive security measures are therefore needed. At its meeting on 10 June 2022, the Federal Council decided that the conference qualifies as an exceptional event. This means that the federal government will contribute to the security costs incurred by the canton of Ticino. The Federal Council also decided to deploy up to 1,600 military personnel on an ancillary basis, with air policing provided by the Swiss Armed Forces.

3 June 2022

Decisions on materiel from previous and current Armed Forces inventory

Germany and Poland have submitted requests to the DDPS for the transfer of material from previous or current armed forces inventory. The DDPS has decided how to respond to the requests. Germany can freely dispose of Leopard 2 tanks which were sold back to Rheinmetall twelve years ago, as there are no longer any valid restrictions. No Leopard 2 tanks withdrawn from service will be transferred to Poland as this would require them to first be decommissioned which is subject to a decision by parliament. In addition, Switzerland will forgo part of an initial consignment of anti-tank weapons that it had ordered from the Swedish company Saab AB and give precedence to the United Kingdom. The majority of the systems ordered will be delivered to Switzerland by the beginning of 2023 as planned.

20 May 2022

Programme of members of the Federal Council attending the WEF Annual Meeting 2022

Following the cancellation of last year’s gathering and a postponement owing to the pandemic, the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is being held in spring for the first time. President Ignazio Cassis will open the Annual Meeting together with WEF founder Prof. Klaus Schwab on Monday, 23 May.

6 May 2022

Federal Councillor Viola Amherd to pay working visit to the USA

On Monday, 9 May, Federal Councillor Viola Amherd will travel to Washington DC for a working visit. Ms Amherd will attend the Munich Leaders Meeting, organised by the Munich Security Conference. The rest of the visit will focus on bilateral relations with the USA. Ms Amherd will meet Deputy Secretary of Defence Kathleen H. Hicks for bilateral talks and pay a visit to the company Lockheed Martin.

29 March 2022

New licensee for brands “Swiss Military” and “Swiss Air Force”

armasuisse has contracted the company swiss brands AG as a new licensee for the two brands “Swiss Military” and “Swiss Air Force”. The company has experience in the use of military brands. The revenue from the royalties will flow into the Federal Treasury. This means that armasuisse can continue to implement the commercialisation of the military brands required by the Parliament.

24 March 2022

Air2030: Swiss F-35A from Italian production

Switzerland is having at least 24 of a total of 36 F-35A fighter aircraft manufactured in Cameri, Italy. For a further four aircraft, clarifications are underway as to whether their final assembly can take place in Switzerland instead as part of an offset project. The first eight aircraft will be manufactured in the USA because they will be used there on site for the initial training of the Swiss pilots. The agreed price and delivery schedule will remain unchanged and the aircraft will be delivered from 2027.

4 March 2022

"Swiss neutrality" – the new brochure published by the FDFA and the DDPS (d/fr)

Neutrality is a successful instrument of Swiss foreign and security policy. It has strong support among the Swiss population. Switzerland's neutrality is self-chosen, permanent, internationally recognised and armed. In a new brochure, the FDFA and the DDPS explain what Swiss neutrality entails and how it is implemented.

1 March 2022

Switzerland sends humanitarian aid to Ukrainian population

Switzerland is delivering around 25 tonnes of relief supplies to the Ukrainian population. Swiss Humanitarian Aid will transport urgently needed materials and medical supplies from the Armed Forces Pharmacy to Poland today and tomorrow. The aid supplies are part of Switzerland's overall support package worth around CHF 8 million.

28 February 2022

Switzerland adopts EU sanctions against Russia

In view of Russia’s continuing military intervention in Ukraine, the Federal Council took the decision on 28 February to adopt the packages of sanctions imposed by the EU on 23 and 25 February. The assets of the individuals and companies listed are frozen with immediate effect; the financial sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are also to be implemented with immediate effect. Switzerland reaffirms its solidarity with Ukraine and its people; it will be delivering relief supplies for people who have fled to Poland.

15 February 2022

Air2030: National Armaments Director discusses possible production of Swiss F-35A in Italy

A delegation from armasuisse led by National Armaments Director Martin Sonderegger is visiting the Italian National Armaments Director today in Cameri, Italy for bilateral talks in connection with the Air2030 programme. They will be discussing whether a part of the future Swiss F-3A fighter jets can be manufactured in Italy.

24 January 2022

Air2030: National Armaments Director meets manufacturer of the F-35A in the USA

A delegation from armasuisse led by National Armaments Director Martin Sonderegger is meeting representatives from Lockheed Martin today in Fort Worth, Texas. The talks will revolve around the planned procurement of the fighter aircraft F-35A from this manufacturer for the Swiss Armed Forces.

12 January 2022

Initiation of consultation on introduction of cyberattack reporting obligation

During its meeting on 12 January 2022, the Federal Council initiated the consultation on the proposed introduction of a reporting obligation for cyberattacks on critical infrastructures. The proposal creates the legal basis for the reporting obligation and defines the tasks of the National Cybersecurity Centre (NCSC), which is intended to be the central reporting office for cyberattacks. The consultation will last until 14 April 2022.

20 December 2021

Cyber-Defence Campus: International cooperation with the German Federal Office for Information Security

armasuisse’s Cyber-Defence (CYD) Campus is working together for the first time with the German Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, BSI) in the area of cyber security. The cooperation includes the provision of open-source software applications, which enable the creation and management of security advisories in a format usable by machines. The aim is to make the exchange of information on security vulnerabilities easier and so helping to improve the cyber security.

17 December 2021

Coronavirus: Federal Council introduces tighter measures

Stricter measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus will apply throughout Switzerland from Monday, 20 December. Only people who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 will be able to go inside restaurants, cultural, sporting and leisure venues and attend indoor events (2G). The move is intended to reduce the risk of unimmunised people from becoming infected as they are also more likely to pass on the virus and become seriously ill. To provide additional protection, masks must also be worn in these settings and food and drink may only be consumed while seated. In settings where masks cannot be worn, such as brass band practice, or where it is not possible to eat or drink while seated, such as at bars and discos, admission will be limited to vaccinated or recovered persons who also present a negative test result (2G+). People who within the last four months have been fully vaccinated, received a booster or recovered from COVID-19 do not have to take a further test. A requirement to work from home has been re-introduced. Private gatherings are limited to 10 people if one person from the age of 16 is present who is unvaccinated or has not previously had COVID-19. These are the decisions taken by the Federal Council at its meeting on 17 December. The Federal Council also settled the question of how test costs are to be covered and the procurement of additional vaccine doses.

17 December 2021

Further development of military peace support: Implementation status

The Federal Council wants to further develop Switzerland's participation in military peace support and place even greater emphasis on high-quality contributions. The DDPS drew up a report containing concrete recommendations on this issue in November 2020, and the Federal Council instructed the DDPS and the FDFA to implement these recommendations. At its meeting on 17 December 2021, the Federal Council took note of the progress made so far and instructed the DDPS to submit by October 2022 a bill for consultation regarding partial revision of the Armed Forces Act.

26 November 2021

Air2030: Contracts in place for F-35A and Patriot

armasuisse has agreed contract terms with the US government for the purchase of the F-35A fighter aircraft and the Patriot longer-range ground-based air defence system. Assuming an exchange rate of CHF 0.95 to the US dollar, this results in guarantee credits of CHF 6.035 billion for the aircraft and CHF 1.987 billion for the air defence system. This is less than the anticipated financial cost. The planning decision on procuring the fighter aircraft, which has been approved by Swiss voters, allows for a financial cost of CHF 6.3 billion, taking into account inflation forecasts up to 2031 and anticipated payments.

24 November 2021

Swiss Rescue again deemed fit for lifesaving deployments

Swiss Rescue has retained its spot among the world's best search and rescue teams. Around 80 members of Swiss Rescue and 8 search and rescue dogs were assessed and reclassified by an international evaluation panel between 22 and 24 November 2021 in the Geneva area.

16 November 2021

Implementing ethical principles in sport: greater protection for athletes

Ethical principles are to become more firmly anchored and strictly enforced in Switzerland’s sport system. They will be made legally binding, which will allow penalties to be imposed for violations. In addition, coordination between authorities and private associations will be subject to stricter rules, particularly to ensure closer supervision by the Confederation. Further measures include setting up an independent central reporting office, and increasing the involvement and raising the awareness of parents of children involved in competitive sports. This set of measures, the result of the investigation Federal Councillor Viola Amherd commissioned following incidents in rhythmic gymnastics, aims to protect athletes under the age of 18 in particular.

16 November 2021

Bilateral armaments meeting with Norway and Finland

From 17 to 18 November 2021 National Armaments Director Martin Sonderegger, accompanied by a delegation, will visit first Norwegian National Armaments Director Morten Tiller and then Finnish National Armaments Director Raimo Jyväsjärvi. Both bilateral meetings will focus on talks about current procurement projects. In Norway, discussions will concentrate specifically on the experiences gained with the procurement and deployment of the F-35A.

4 November 2021

Mont Terri Rock Laboratory in the canton of Jura celebrates 25 years of research in the public interest

The underground laboratory, located at Mont Terri in St-Ursanne (JU), has been carrying out research into argillaceous rock since 1996. The experiments address the disposal of radioactive waste and the storage of CO2 in deep geological repositories. Today, 4th November 2021, Viola Amherd, Federal Councillor, celebrates this anniversary together with the laboratory’s partners.

4 November 2021

Address at the Mont Terri Rock Laboratory: 25 years of innovation and research

Address by Federal Councillor Viola Amherd, head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) to mark the 25th anniversary of the Mont Terri Rock Laboratory, St. Ursanne, Thursday, 4 November.

29 October 2021

Major General Patrick Gauchat appointed head of United Nations peacekeeping mission UNTSO

On 28 October 2021 UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Major General Patrick Gauchat as Head of Mission of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in the Middle East. This is the first time a Swiss officer has been given command of a UN peacekeeping mission. The Federal Council was informed of his planned deployment at its meeting on 24 September.

28 October 2021

Air2030: Head of DDPS and Chief of the Armed Forces receive US General for talks on procurement of the F-35A

Federal Councillor Viola Amherd, Head of DDPS, met Lieutenant General Eric T. Fick, F-35 Program Executive Officer, during his visit in Bern on October 28, 2021. Lieutenant General Fick also met Lieutenant General Thomas Süssli, Chief of the Armed Forces, at the airforce base in Emmen. During his visit, he discussed the planned procurement of 36 F-35A combat aircraft with members of the program team Air2030.

26 October 2021

National Armaments Director takes part in NATO Conference of National Armaments Directors

National Armaments Director Martin Sonderegger takes part in the NATO Conference of National Armaments Directors with partner countries in Brussels on 26 October 2021. Discussions focus on the possibilities for multilateral cooperation projects in the armaments sector and bilateral meetings with colleagues. In addition, a working visit to the European Defence Agency is on the agenda.

19 October 2021

Public energy role models commit to ambitious climate protection goals

The Civil Federal Administration, the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) and 13 other participants in the Exemplary Energy and Climate Initiative are leading the way: by 2030, they will increase energy efficiency and expand renewable energies. Federal Councillors Simonetta Sommaruga (DETEC) and Viola Amherd (DDPS) today joined the other participants to launch the second phase of the Exemplary Energy and Climate Initiative at the Thun military training ground. The initiative contributes to implementing the Energy Strategy 2050 and achieving the net zero climate target by 2050. A new aspect in the second phase is climate-compatible financing, because today's investment decisions will in part determine future levels of greenhouse gas emissions.

7 October 2021

Swiss researchers win robotics contest funded by US research agency DARPA

The final of the three-year Subterranean Challenge robotics competition funded by DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the United States Department of Defense) took place in the USA from 21 to 24 September 2021. An international team with representatives from Switzerland and with participation of armasuisse Science and Technology (S+T) won the fiercely contested competition.

30 September 2021

«Cyber Startup Challenge 2021»: Startup company Decentriq convinces jury

The DDPS Cyber Defence Campus has launched a challenge to find startups and innovative technologies in the cyber area. In the second edition of the challenge, the startup company Decentriq was able to impress the jury with its innovative solution in the area of confidential data exchange.

23 September 2021

Air2030: “New Fighter Aircraft” project awarded bronze in international project management competition

armasuisse achieves with its project "New Fighter Aircraft" the third place in the international IPMA Global Project Excellence Awards competition. The three finalists in the large-scale project category come from Russia, Algeria and Switzerland. The final took place on 22 September 2021 in St. Petersburg. The competition is organized by the globally recognised project management association IPMA (International Project Management Association).

9 September 2021

Third call for proposals for SWEET funding programme launched

The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) has launched the third call for proposals under the SWEET (Swiss Energy Research for the Energy Transition) funding programme. The guiding theme of the call, which has a total budget of CHF 10 million, is 'Critical Infrastructures, Climate Change, and Resilience of the Swiss Energy System'. This call is a joint undertaking with the National Centre for Climate Services (NCCS). The deadline for applications is 3 December 2021.

8 September 2021

Coronavirus: Federal Council extends COVID certificate requirement and launches consultation on new entry rules

From Monday, 13 September, a COVID certificate will be required to access indoor areas of restaurants, cultural and leisure facilities, and events held indoors. The certificate may also be used by employers as part of a company’s protection plan. These are the decisions taken by the Federal Council at its meeting on 8 September in response to the ongoing strained situation in hospitals. The measure expires on 24 January 2022. The Federal Council also began a consultation on two proposals: one regarding rules on entering the country for people who have not been vaccinated or who have not recovered from COVID-19, and another on people vaccinated abroad obtaining a Swiss COVID certificate.

7 September 2021

Insights into current drone defence technologies

An event on the topic of «Defence against Micro- and Minidrones» will take place on 9 September 2021 in the military training area Bure (JU). This event is organised by armasuisse Science and Technology together with the Combat Training Centre West of the Swiss Armed Forces. The aim is to enable representatives from the Federal Administration and Armed Forces, as well as from authorities and organisations for security and rescue to obtain insights into current drone technologies.

5 September 2021

Largest Swiss aid transport under way for conflict zone in eastern Ukraine

Switzerland is currently carrying out its largest ever aid operation to eastern Ukraine. Yesterday, a first convoy of a total of 144 lorries carrying Swiss relief supplies crossed the line of contact bound for Donetsk, accompanied by six members of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA). Swiss Humanitarian Aid is providing local communities in need in the conflict zone with water treatment chemicals, hospital equipment and medical material to combat the pandemic. In total, the aid delivered amounts to around CHF 12 million.

27 August 2021

Afghanistan: Switzerland completes evacuation operation

A total of 385 people have been flown out of Afghanistan in Switzerland's largest evacuation operation to date. The FDFA is in contact with the remaining 11 Swiss nationals in Afghanistan. The evacuation has now been completed and the crisis unit for Afghanistan dissolved. Although the operation has been successful, Switzerland remains concerned about the deteriorating security situation in Kabul and strongly condemns yesterday's attacks.

25 August 2021

Coronavirus: Federal Council to launch precautionary consultation on extending COVID certificate requirement

It is currently difficult to gauge how the epidemiological situation is likely to develop. If hospital admissions continue to rise as sharply as they have recently, hospitals could be overstretched within just a few weeks. The Federal Council wants to be able to act quickly if necessary. At its meeting on 25 August, it therefore decided as a precautionary measure to consult the cantons and social partners by 30 August on tightening measures against the spread of the coronavirus. The focus is on extending the requirement to present a COVID certificate to access indoor areas of restaurants, cultural and leisure facilities and indoor events. The Federal Council has also decided that from 1 October the cost of tests to obtain a COVID certificate will no longer be covered by the Confederation.

23 August 2021

Evacuation from Kabul: Swiss charter flight departs for Tashkent

On 23 August 2021 at 10.30am, a SWISS aircraft chartered by the FDFA took off from Zurich for the Uzbek capital Tashkent. The plane will bring people who were recently evacuated from Kabul back to Europe. With this flight, Switzerland is supporting the airlift to bring people out of Afghanistan. So far, around 100 people with a Swiss connection have been flown out of Kabul. The first local SDC staff and their families were also able to leave Kabul yesterday.

20 August 2021

Evacuation from Kabul: FDFA organises charter flight to Uzbekistan and supports air bridge for people leaving Afghanistan

On 21 August 2021, a SWISS plane will fly to Tashkent to pick up people previously evacuated from Kabul. The plane will bring Swiss citizens and people from different countries to Europe. With this flight, the FDFA is supporting the air bridge of international partner states that is allowing people to leave Afghanistan. In a telephone conversation with his Uzbek counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov on 19 August 2021, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the FDFA, was able to ensure that various logistical problems for the charter flight are being resolved and thanked him for Uzbekistan's support for the evacuation efforts. On Saturday, about 1.3 million masks for Uzbekistan will be brought to Tashkent on this charter flight to protect against COVID-19.

15 August 2021

Fires in Greece: Swiss emergency deployment completed

The firefighting operation carried out by Swiss Humanitarian Aid and the Swiss Armed Forces in Greece came to an end on 14 August 2021. The three Super Pumas and their crews, together with the Swiss Humanitarian Aid rapid response team, supported the Greek authorities in the forest fire suppression operations for seven days. In total, Swiss helicopters carried out 226 rotations and dropped more than 386 tonnes of water on the fires.

11 August 2021

COVID-19: Switzerland sends 13 tonnes of medical supplies to Vietnam

Switzerland is helping Vietnam to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Swiss Humanitarian Aid is sending 30 ventilators, 500,000 antigen tests and 280,000 medical face masks to the country, which has been hit hard by the virus. The consignment includes 5 million francs' worth of relief supplies.

10 August 2021

Air2030: Project "New Fighter Aircraft" reaches the final of an international project management competition

armasuisse has qualified for the final of the IPMA World Congress with the project "New Fighter Aircraft" (NFA) in the category large projects. On September 22, 2021, the winner of the competition will be announced amongst three finalists. The globally recognized project management association IPMA (International Project Management Association) has been organizing the international competition annually since 2002 for projects and programs, in which teams are honored that can demonstrate special achievements in project and program management.

6 August 2021

Wildfires in Greece – Switzerland sends support helicopters and firefighting crews

Wildfires are currently raging across several regions of Greece. Responding to a call for assistance by the Greek authorities, Switzerland is dispatching three helicopters and firefighting crews to help contain the fires.

28 July 2021

COVID 19 in Thailand: Switzerland sends 26 tonnes of medical supplies to Bangkok

Switzerland is helping Thailand to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This Wednesday, Swiss Humanitarian Aid dispatched 100 respirators and more than a million antigen tests to Bangkok. The provision of this aid coincides with a tour of Southeast Asia by Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis that will include a visit to Thailand.

16 July 2021

COVID-19 in Tunisia – Switzerland sends medical equipment worth CHF 335,000

Switzerland is helping Tunisia to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Swiss Humanitarian Aid dispatched 15 respirators and 60 oxygen concentrators to Tunis this Friday, with a total value of nearly CHF 335,000. It is Switzerland's fifth international delivery of this type in recent weeks.

12 July 2021

COVID-19 in Mongolia – Switzerland sends medical assistance worth CHF 850,000

Switzerland is helping Mongolia to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday 12 July, Swiss Humanitarian Aid sent 40 respirators and 45 oxygen concentrators to Ulaanbaatar with a total value of around CHF 850,000.

1 July 2021

2025 Military World Winter Games to take place in Switzerland

The 2025 Military World Winter Games will be taking place in Switzerland. On Monday, 28 June 2021, the Board of Directors of the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) approved Switzerland as the host of the 5th Military World Winter Games. More than 1,000 athletes from all over the world will be taking part in this major sporting event. The Games will be held from 23 to 30 March 2025 in Central Switzerland and in the Goms region. Switzerland will be placing particular emphasis on sustainability and make this the first ever carbon-neutral Military World Games.

30 June 2021

Air2030: Federal Council decides to procure 36 F-35A fighter aircraft

The Federal Council is set to propose that Parliament approve the procurement of 36 F-35A fighter aircraft from US manufacturer Lockheed Martin and five Patriot fire units from US manufacturer Raytheon. An evaluation has revealed that these two systems offer the highest overall benefit at the lowest overall cost. The Federal Council is confident that these two systems are the most suitable for protecting the Swiss population from air threats in the future. The Federal Council took the decision at its meeting on 30 June.

29 June 2021

New offset policy: Strengthening security-relevant industry and public register of offset transactions

armasuisse’s new offset policy will come into force on 1 July 2021. It regulates the implementation and control of offset transactions in conjunction with the procurement of defence equipment abroad. The adjustments aim to contribute to strengthening the security-relevant technology and industry base (STIB) with regard to security policy challenges in an even more targeted manner. For the purposes of transparency, the most important key figures of offset transactions will be published in an offset register under the new policy.

28 June 2021

Study on elite sport in Switzerland: Sports policy support measures showing an impact

Swiss sport was supported by a raft of sports policy measures between 2011 and 2019. They contribute to building an intact competitive profile in the elite sports sector and have a positive impact on athletes’ prospects as well as coaches’ working conditions. These are key findings of the study entitled “Elite sport in Switzerland – Snapshot SPLISS-CH 2019” conducted by the Federal Office of Sport FOSPO in collaboration with Swiss Olympic. The study was presented today in Bern at a media conference with Federal Councillor Viola Amherd.

25 June 2021

Cyber-Defence Campus launches Cyber Startup Challenge 2021

The Cyber-Defence Campus of the DDPS starts a new Cyber Startup Challenge. With this year’s slogan “Strengthen your Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC)”, innovative solutions in the area of cyber threat intelligence to protect critical infrastructures are being sought. The winning company can demonstrate its solution in a real environment of the DDPS. The registration deadline is 31 July 2021.

23 June 2021

Coronavirus: Federal Council to take further, wide-ranging reopening step and to relax rules on entering Switzerland

The measures in place to contain the coronavirus will be eased and simplified significantly from Saturday, 26 June. The requirements to work from home and to wear masks outdoors, for example, will be lifted. Furthermore, restaurants will again be allowed to seat as many people together as they wish, and large-scale events with COVID certificates will be allowed to take place without restrictions on capacity or the number of people present. This reopening step therefore goes further than proposed in the consultation. At its meeting on 23 June, the Federal Council also decided to relax rules on entering the country. The health-related measures at the border will now focus on those arriving from countries with variants of the virus that give rise to concern.

11 June 2021

Coronavirus: Federal Council launches consultation on fifth round of reopening steps

From Monday, 28 June, the Federal Council is planning a further range of reopening measures, including lifting the requirement to wear a mask outdoors, increasing group sizes per table at restaurants, and reopening clubs and discos for people with a COVID certificate. Shops, leisure and sports facilities should be able to make greater use of their available capacity. In addition, rules for events should be simplified and harmonised. The Federal Council submitted these and further proposals for consultation following its meeting on 11 June. A final decision will be taken on 23 June.

11 June 2021

Biden – Putin summit: strengthened air policing and airspace restrictions

At its meeting on 11 June 2021, the Federal Council approved a temporary restriction on the use of airspace during the summit between President Biden and President Putin from 15 to 17 June 2021 in Geneva. The Swiss Air Force will provide air policing and tighter airspace surveillance. The armed forces will also set up a support service to assist the civilian authorities in providing security on a subsidiary basis.

10 June 2021

Switzerland's Security 2021: The Federal Intelligence Service publishes its latest situation report

The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have a lasting impact on national and international security policy. Switzerland’s security continues to be shaped in particular by the growing rivalry between major powers. The Federal Intelligence Service’s (FIS) abilities to anticipate, identify and assess in time threats and developments that are of strategic importance to Switzerland are crucial for taking preventive measures. The latest FIS situation report presents the main developments in intelligence over the past year.

7 June 2021

COVID-19: Switzerland sends aid supplies to Sri Lanka

After supplying aid to India and Nepal, Switzerland is also helping Sri Lanka to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday 7 June 2021 Swiss Humanitarian Aid dispatched medical supplies worth CHF 3.5 million to Colombo, including half a million antigen tests, 50 ventilators, 150 oxygen concentrators and testing materials.

26 May 2021

Coronavirus: Fourth round of lifting restrictions from Monday goes further than originally planned

A further round of lifting restrictions will take effect on Monday 31 May. The Federal Council is going further than proposed in the consultation, particularly with regard to events, private gatherings and restaurants. In so doing, it is responding to the improved epidemiological situation and the results of the consultation. People who have been vaccinated will now also be exempt from quarantine along with those who have recovered from COVID. At its meeting on 26 May, the Federal Council also decided when and under what conditions large-scale events can once again take place and how the organisers should be compensated if the events have to be cancelled for epidemiological reasons.

25 May 2021

Research Projects of the Cyber-Defence Campus DDPS at the NATO Cyber Conflict Conference

Two research papers of the Cyber-Defence (CYD) Campus DDPS will be presented at the international Conference for Cyber Conflict (CyCon) in Tallinn, Estonia from 25-28 May 2021. The projects will deal with two key topics of the CYD Campus: Cyber security in outer space and the use of artificial intelligence in the area of cyber defence.

24 May 2021

Federal Councilor Berset opens the World Health Assembly of the WHO

Federal Councilor Alain Berset opened the 74th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva. In his speech, Alain Berset praised the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) and asked the member states to make sustainable investments in a global health protection structure. During their attendance at the Assembly, Federal Councilor Berset and WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus signed a cooperation agreement as part of the WHO BioHub initiative.

21 May 2021

Switzerland sends 30 tonnes of humanitarian supplies to Nepal for COVID-19 relief

Switzerland is helping Nepal cope with an extremely difficult health situation caused by COVID-19. Today, Friday, Swiss Humanitarian Aid, part of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), dispatches 1.1 million antigen tests, 40 respirators, 10 oxygen concentrators and personal protective equipment to Kathmandu. This humanitarian aid shipment is worth around CHF 7.5 million.

12 May 2021

Coronavirus: Federal Council adopts strategy for the coming months and launches consultation on fourth round of reopening steps

At its meeting on 12 May, the Federal Council adopted a 3-phase model setting out its strategy for the coming months. At the end of May, when all those at especially high risk who wish to be vaccinated have received their jabs, the government will move from a protection phase to a stabilisation phase and initiate a fourth round of reopening steps. If the epidemiological situation allows, restaurants, for example, will be allowed to resume service indoors on Monday, 31 May. The maximum number of people allowed to attend public events will be increased. For businesses that carry out regular testing, working from home will become a recommendation rather than a requirement. The Federal Council will send out the proposals to the cantons, the relevant parliamentary committees and social partners for consultation. A decision will then be taken on 26 May.

11 May 2021

Hermes 900 HFE drone crash in Israel: Investigation results on the cause of the crash now available

Following the crash of a drone of type Hermes 900 HFE intended for the Swiss Armed Forces over Israeli territory, the Israeli Ministry of Transport initiated an investigation to clarify the cause of the accident. The final report is now available. The manufacturer has repaired the damage and will cover all costs.

6 May 2021

COVID-19 in India: Switzerland sends hundreds of oxygen concentrators and 50 respirators

Switzerland is supporting India in its fight against COVID-19. Swiss Humanitarian Aid has sent several hundred oxygen concentrators and 50 respirators, worth about CHF 3 million, to assist hospitals in India.

3 May 2021

RUAG puts a new site into operation in Payerne

The construction work for the new RUAG Ltd site on the military airfield in Payerne is now complete. At the beginning of April, the newly formed team was able to take possession of the first F/A-18 and begin working on it. Construction began in May 2020 in cooperation with the Swiss Air Force, and all twelve of the newly created posts have been filled.

8 April 2021

Federal Councillor Viola Amherd holds phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III

On 8 April, Federal Councillor and Head of the DDPS Viola Amherd spoke on the phone with her American counterpart, Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, about current security policy issues, bilateral relations and the Air2030 programme.

22 January 2021

«Cyber Start-up Challenge 2020»: Start-up company CounterCraft convinces jury

The DDPS Cyber Defence Campus has launched a challenge to find start-ups and innovative technologies in the cyber area. In the first edition of the challenge, the start-up company CounterCraft was able to impress the jury with its innovative solution in the area of cyber threat intelligence. The company can now implement a Proof of Concept tailored to the Swiss Armed Forces in 2021.

5 January 2021

Air2030: Bilateral armaments meetings with authorities and industrial companies in the manufacturer countries

A delegation from the DDPS led by National Armaments Director Martin Sonderegger will visit representatives from the authorities and industrial companies who are in-volved in the Air2030 programme in January 2021 in Paris, Berlin and Washington.

19 December 2020

COVID-19: Switzerland can start vaccinating vulnerable groups already in December

On 19 December 2020 Swissmedic, the Swiss agency for the authorisation and supervision of therapeutic products, approved the first COVID-19 vaccination for the Swiss market. The vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech is suitable for adults from age 16. The first doses of vaccine will be delivered to Switzerland in the next few days, stored by the Armed Forces Pharmacy, and then distributed to the cantons. After that the cantons will be able to start vaccinating vulnerable groups in targeted and supervised settings. From 4 January 2021 the vaccination of vulnerable groups and other priority groups will begin all over Switzerland.

18 November 2020

Coronavirus: Federal Council adjusts COVID-19 support measures to second wave

During its meeting on 18 November 2020, the Federal Council decided to propose that the winter session of Parliament urgently debate ad hoc adjustments to the COVID-19 Act. This would enable a swifter reaction to ongoing developments during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposal includes an expansion of the hardship support programme to CHF 1 billion in total and an increase of the Confederation's share to around two thirds. In addition, short-time working compensation payments should be extended. In sport, professional and semi-professional clubs should be able to receive support in the form of non-repayable contributions.

18 November 2020

Air2030: Second proposals for new fighter aircraft and extended-range ground-based air defence systems received

The government authorities of the potential candidates for a new fighter aircraft (NFA) and an extended-range ground-based air defence system (Bodluv GR) submitted their second proposal to armasuisse on November 18, 2020. With that, armasuisse starts to work on the evaluation reports, which are planned to be completed in the first quarter of 2021.

12 November 2020

The Mont Terri Rock Laboratory has found a new head manager

The Mont Terri Rock Laboratory in St-Ursanne in the Jura region of Switzerland is gaining new management. On 1 January 2021, Christophe Nussbaum, the current Project Manager of the Mont Terri Rock Laboratory, will replace Paul Bossart who is retiring on that date.

28 October 2020

Coronavirus: further measures to contain the epidemic, introduction of rapid testing, new rules on travel quarantine

At its meeting on 28 October, the Federal Council agreed a further series of national measures to combat the rapid spread of the coronavirus. The aim of the measures is to sharply reduce the level of contact between people. Discos and nightclubs will have to shut, while bars and restaurants will close at 11pm. All events with more than 50 people, and recreational sporting and cultural activities with more than 15 people, will be prohibited. Furthermore, the requirement to wear masks will be extended to an additional range of situations. The measures will apply from Thursday, 29 October, for an indefinite period of time. From Monday, 2 November, higher education institutions will have to forgo face-to-face teaching. Following consultations with the cantons, the Federal Council has amended the Special Situation Covid-19 Ordinance accordingly. It has also amended the rules regarding travel quarantine, and approved the introduction of rapid testing.

27 October 2020

Switzerland's Security 2020: The Federal Intelligence Service presents its annual report

In today’s international system, there are several actors competing for spheres of influence. The Federal Intelligence Service’s (FIS) anticipation and detection capabilities play a leading role in identifying and assessing threats in advance so that preventive measures can be taken in time. The FIS annual report presents the most important developments in the intelligence scene over the past year.

11 September 2020

Coronavirus: No quarantine for persons entering from border regions

At its meeting on 11 September, the Federal Council decided on the quarantine rules for persons entering Switzerland from neighbouring countries: only those regions of neighbouring countries where the infection rate is over the limit will be added to the list of countries and areas with an increased rate of infection, not the entire country. Border regions may be exempted from inclusion on the list. In so doing, the Federal Council is responding to the rapid rise in infection numbers, while still taking account of the close interaction between Switzerland and neighbouring regions. The revised ordinance will come into force on 14 September. At the same time, the list of risk areas will be updated.

20 August 2020

Closures and diversions of hiking trails and cycle and mountain bike routes can now be found at map.geo.admin.ch

Route closures and detours for non-motorised traffic are now published on the Swiss Federal map viewer map.geo.admin.ch. Thanks to the cooperation between the Swiss Hiking Federation and SwitzerlandMobility, the data is recorded in a standardised and coordinated manner, updated daily and published via web services.

12 August 2020

Coronavirus: Large-scale events to be permitted from October under strict conditions and with a permit

At its meeting on 12 August, the Federal Council took the decision to re-allow events for more than 1000 people from 1 October. Strict protective measures will apply and the events will have to be authorised by the cantons, taking into account the local epidemiological situation and their contact tracing capacity. The Federal Council thereby intends to ensure that the epidemiological situation in Switzerland does not deteriorate. At the same time, this careful reopening step takes into account the needs of society and the economic interests of sports clubs and cultural venues.

6 August 2020

Hermes 900 HFE drone crashes in Israel

On Wednesday, 5 August, a Hermes 900 HFE drone intended for the Swiss Armed Forces crashed in the desert over Israeli territory during a test flight. The cause of the accident is as yet unknown and is the subject of ongoing investigations.

9 July 2020

Cyber dialogue: Switzerland and the US join forces for an open and secure digital space

On Thursday, 9 July 2020, Switzerland and the USA met for the first bilateral cyber dialogue. Together, the two countries are committed to an open and secure digital space. In addition to the FDFA, the FDF with the Federal Delegate for Cyber Security, the DDPS, OFCOM and fedpol are involved in the digital exchange. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the SwissCovid tracing app attracted particular interest.

1 July 2020

Federal Council approves information protection agreement with South Korea

In its meeting on 1 July 2020, the Federal Council approved an agreement with South Korea on the mutual protection of classified information. This agreement will facilitate the work Swiss observers have been carrying out for many years at the inner-Korean border as part of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission.

28 May 2020

Protection against cyber-risks: Federal Council approves ordinance and additional staff

The Ordinance on Protecting against Cyber-Risks in the Federal Administration was adopted by the Federal Council during its meeting on 27 May 2020 and will come into force on 1 July 2020. Moreover, the Federal Council decided to allocate 20 new posts to increase staffing for the implementation of the 2020-2022 national strategy for the protection of Switzerland against cyber-risks.

27 May 2020

Coronavirus: Federal Council decides on extensive easing of measures as of 6 June

From 6 June, the measures put in place to fight the new coronavirus will be extensively eased. That is the decision taken by the Federal Council at its meeting on 27 May in view of the positive developments in the epidemiological situation. All events for up to 300 people may now go ahead. Spontaneous gatherings of up to 30 people are now permitted. All leisure and entertainment businesses and tourist attractions may reopen. The Federal Council has also decided to end the extraordinary situation under the terms of the Epidemics Act with effect from 19 June.

20 May 2020

Coronavirus: religious services possible again, legal basis for SwissCovid app

Religious services can take place again as of the 28th May 2020. In order to achieve this, the various faith communities must develop protection concepts. This decision was taken by the Federal Council at its meeting on 20th May 2020. It also approved an urgent amendment to the Epidemics Act for the attention of parliament as the legal basis for the SwissCovid App. Furthermore, it instructed the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA) to ensure early access to vaccines.

12 May 2020

Air2030: Second proposals for fighter aircraft and ground-based defence system by November 2020

Due to the difficult global situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the second proposals for new fighter aircraft and new extended-range ground-based defence systems are expected in November 2020. The DDPS has set the new date because the manufacturers are affected by measures such as travel restrictions and remote working and the fact that meetings and talks cannot take place in person. This new date does not impact the procurement schedule.

4 May 2020

RUAG Ltd expands its service for the Air Force in Payerne

In collaboration with the Swiss Air Force, RUAG Ltd has begun working on the construction of a new location on Payerne’s military airfield. In doing so, RUAG Ltd creates 12 new jobs in the region.

30 April 2020

Problems of personal data on the internet

The 30th semi-annual report of the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI) addresses the most important cyberincidents of the second half of 2019 both in Switzerland and abroad. The latest report focuses on handling personal data on the internet and the problems involved.

29 April 2020

Coronavirus: Federal Council to ease further measures from 11 May

At its meeting on 29 April, the Federal Council decided to further ease the measures introduced to protect the population against the coronavirus. From Monday, 11 May, shops, restaurants markets, museums and libraries will be allowed to reopen, classes can be held again in primary and lower secondary schools, and sports training sessions will be allowed. There will be a significant increase in scheduled public transport services. This year baccalaureate examination grades may be based on continuous assessment, although the cantons will ultimately decide whether written baccalaureate examinations will be held. The easing of measures is conditional on the businesses and institutions concerned taking suitable precautionary measures. Strict compliance with hygiene and social distancing rules remains essential. In parallel to this easing of measures, restrictions on entering Switzerland will also be relaxed. It is further planned to reintroduce comprehensive contact tracing for all new infections from 11 May.

20 March 2020

Coronavirus: Federal Council bans gatherings of more than five people

The Federal Council is stepping up measures to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed with serious cases of coronavirus disease. At its meeting on 20 March, it decided to ban gatherings of more than five people. Persons who do not comply with this may be fined. Employers in the construction sector and in industry will also be required to comply with the federal recommendations on hygiene and social distancing. Companies that do not comply may be closed down. With these measures, the Federal Council is aiming to avoid the need to take even further-reaching action. In an additional move, the Federal Council is making civil defence units available to cantons requiring assistance.

16 March 2020

Coronavirus: Federal Council declares ‘extraordinary situation’ and introduces more stringent measures

At an extraordinary meeting today, 16 March 2020, the Federal Council took the decision to introduce more stringent measures to protect the public. It has declared that an ‘extraordinary situation’ now exists in Switzerland in terms of the Epidemics Act. All shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment and leisure facilities will remain closed until 19 April. Not affected by the new ruling are food stores and healthcare institutions. As of midnight, it is also introducing checks on the borders to Germany, Austria and France. The Federal Council has also authorised the deployment of up to 8000 members of the armed forces to assist the cantons at hospitals and with logistics and security.

17 January 2020

Programme of members of the Federal Council attending the WEF Annual Meeting 2020

At this the 50th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Federal Council stresses the importance of the event in Davos. This year all members of the cabinet will be in attendance; around 60 bilateral meetings are due to take place. President Simonetta Sommaruga will open the event on Tuesday, 21 January, together with Professor Klaus Schwab.

10 January 2020

Air2030: Second request for proposals has been issued to the government authorities of the manufacturers of fighter aircraft and extended-range ground-based air defence systems

The second request for proposal for new fighter aircraft and new extended-range ground-based air defence systems has been issued to the government authorities of the manufacturer countries. armasuisse is expecting proposals by August 2020.

18 December 2019

Bilateral meeting between the US and the Russian Chief of Defence in Switzerland

Today the American and Russian Chief of Defence met within the framework of the Good Offices of Switzerland for a bilateral meeting in Berne.

13 December 2019

Confederation examining introduction of cyberincident reporting duty

During its meeting on 13 December 2019, the Federal Council approved the report entitled "Options for critical infrastructure reporting duties in the case of serious security incidents". This report describes the core issues with regard to the introduction of reporting duties and illustrates possible models for their implementation. Based on these findings, the Federal Council intends to make fundamental decisions on the introduction of reporting duties by the end of 2020.

28 November 2019

Cybersecurity competence network: President Ueli Maurer holds second roundtable discussion with interested cantons

On Wednesday, 27 November 2019, President Ueli Maurer and federal Cyber Security Delegate Florian Schütz held a second roundtable with interested cantons to discuss the design of the cybersecurity competence network. The cantons of Bern, Vaud, Zurich and Zug presented their existing concepts and provided bases for discussions on the design of the network.

27 November 2019

Swisscoy: 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. In recent years the political and security situation in Kosovo and in the Western Balkans has deteriorated, forcing NATO to abandon its aim of reducing the KFOR continent by half. At its meeting on 27 November, the Federal Council approved a related dispatch to Parliament, which must now authorise the armed deployment, as it will last for longer than three weeks and involves more than 100 military personnel.

20 November 2019

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

At its meeting on 20 November 2019, 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.

29 October 2019

Encryption Trojans still on the rise

The 29th semi-annual report of the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI) addresses the most important cyberincidents of the first half of 2019 both in Switzerland and abroad. The main focus of the current report is cyberattacks with encryption Trojans, which caused considerable damage worldwide during the first half of the year.

29 October 2019

Armed Forces Telecommunications – Decision made on the model/supplier for the replacement of mobile radio devices, on-vehicle intercom systems and headsets

The evaluation of the two candidates for the replacement of mobile radio devices as well as on-vehicle intercom systems and headsets for the Swiss Armed Forces has been completed, with a decision having been made on the model and supplier. Elbit Systems Ltd (Israel) has been selected as the supplier. A request will be made to parliament for the purchase of the devices to be included as part of armaments programme 2020.

23 October 2019

Federal Council nominates board of new RUAG holding company

At its meeting on 23 October 2019, the Federal Council reached further decisions on the unbundling and development of the RUAG technology group. This included the nomination of board members for the new holding company. The majority of these board members are women and the board has the entire spectrum of knowledge and experience required to implement the complex unbundling process. The Federal Council also acknowledged the plan for the boards of the two subsidiaries (MRO Switzerland and RUAG International). In addition, it approved the strategic goals of the new holding company for the 2020-2023 period.

29 August 2019

DDPS strengthens Cyberdefence Partnership with EPFL

The Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) strengthens its cyberdefence partnership with EPFL with the inauguration of the Cyberdefence Campus in Lausanne (Sept 5th) and a two-day conference on artificial intelligence (Sept 5-6th).

28 August 2019

Federal Council aims for a climate-neutral Switzerland by 2050

Under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Switzerland has undertaken to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared with 1990 levels. Now, based on new scientific findings published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Federal Council at its meeting on 28 August has decided to set an even more ambitious target: Switzerland plans to reduce its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050, thus meeting the internationally agreed target of limiting global warming to a maximum of 1.5°C when compared with the pre-industrial era.

13 June 2019

Air2030: Saab does not participate in flight and ground tests for new Swiss fighter aircraft

Swedish manufacturer Saab informed armasuisse today that the company will not participate in the upcoming flight and ground tests for a new fighter aircraft in Payerne. Airbus (GER), Boeing (USA), Dassault (FRA) and Lockheed Martin (USA) are thus the four candidates that remain in the evaluation process.

24 May 2019

«Security Switzerland 2019»: Federal Intelligence Service presents its annual report

The security environment is becoming increasingly fragmented and complex. The Federal Intelligence Service’s (FIS) anticipation and detection capabilities play a leading role in identifying and assessing threats in good time, thus ensuring that the required preventive measures are taken. Published in a new, simplified form, the FIS annual report presents the most important developments in the intelligence scene over the past year.

17 May 2019

International knowledge exchange for a better 3D detection understanding of the subsurface

Geological 3D models help us to understand the nature of the subsurface and serve as a spatial planning instrument for underground construction activities. 3D geological modeling professionals from all over Europe have been meeting regularly over the past few years in order to share their knowledge and experiences. The fifth edition will take place this year from 21 to 24 May 2019 in Bern with up to 100 participants. The event is organized under the title "The role of 3D geology in spatial planning" by the Federal Office of Topography swisstopo.

16 May 2019

National Armaments Director receives foreign defence attachés

The National Armaments Director, Martin Sonderegger, received the defence attachés accredited in Switzerland from 13 nations on 15 May 2019. The traditional professional exchange took place this year at GDELS MOWAG in Kreuzlingen.

30 April 2019

Why the internet of things (IoT) could cause a power cut

IoT devices can be misused to a large extent for cyber attacks, successful blackmail attempts (e.g. fake sextortion) as well as money transfer fraud with Office 365 access data and the main topic "Dealing with purchased risks in hardware and software". The 28th semi-annual report of the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI) published on 30 April 2019 deals with the most important cyber incidents of the second half of 2018 in Switzerland and abroad.

11 April 2019

Switzerland concludes Chairmanship of OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation

On 10 April 2019, Switzerland concluded its Chairmanship of the OSCE's Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC). Against the backdrop of political tensions in the OSCE region, the Chairmanship held weekly security dialogues on matters of politico-military security and stability in Europe since the beginning of the year. During its tenure, Switzerland contributed as a mediator to strengthening the multilateral dialogue on security policy and politico-military cooperation.

4 April 2019

FDFA/DDPS: 2018 Annual Report on the implementation of the Mine Action Strategy of the Swiss Confederation

The 2018 Annual Report on the implementation of the Mine Action Strategy of the Swiss Confederation has been published. Given the resurgence of armed conflict, mine action remains relevant and of long-term interest. A safe environment, in which the population no longer has to fear landmines, contributes to the socio-economic development of affected communities. In 2018, Switzerland renewed its support for mine action through the secondment of DDPS experts and through projects in a number of areas. It also supported international political efforts aimed at promoting compliance with and the implementation of the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention and the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Link to the report https://www.eda.admin.ch/dam/eda/en/documents/aussenpolitik/sicherheitspolitik/20190403-jahresbericht-humanitaere-minenraeumung-2016-2019_EN.pdf

18 March 2019

Federal Council decides on the future of the RUAG technology corporation

At its meeting on 15 March 2019, 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. The Federal Council takes the view that this approach will best meet the armed forces' needs and take account of the Confederation's ownership interests and Switzerland's position as a location for work and technology.

21 February 2019

Cyber-Defence Campus opened

The Cyber Defence Campus (CYD) of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) commenced operation in January 2019. The CYD campus is an initiative of the national strategy for the protection of Switzerland against cyber risks (NCS). It focuses on early detection and observation of current developments in the cyberworld and development of action strategies.

16 November 2018

Federal Councillor Parmelin attends the Halifax International Security Forum

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin is paying his second visit to the Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) in Canada, which this year is being held from 16 to 18 November. The Head of the DDPS will be holding bilateral talks with his Canadian counterpart Harjit Singh Sajjan, among others. He will also use the opportunity to discuss security policy matters with other defence ministers and with political and business leaders.

14 November 2018

Swiss officer appointed deputy commander KFOR

For the first time ever, a Swiss officer, Brigadier Laurent Michaud, will hold the position of deputy commander of the multinational Kosovo Force (KFOR). Brigadier Michaud will assume his new position in September 2019 for a period of one year. The appointment underlines the Swiss Armed Forces’ many years of commitment to security and stability in Kosovo. The Federal Council took note of the appointment at its meeting on 14 November 2018.

8 November 2018

Whoever uses the same password more than once, helps attackers

The 27th semi-annual report of the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI), published on 8 November 2018, addresses the most important cyber incidents of the first half of 2018 both in Switzerland and abroad. The key topic is dedicated to the vulnerabilities in hardware. The focus is also on targeted malware attacks, for which the name of the Spiez Laboratory was misused, as well as various data leaks and the problem of multiple use of a password.

6 September 2018

New guidelines for digital Switzerland

The Federal Council wants Switzerland to exploit the opportunities of digitalisation to the full. On 5 September it therefore adopted its "Digital Switzerland" strategy for the next 2 years. Within the framework of this strategy the Federal Council will, among other things, establish a working group on the subject of artificial intelligence and support initiatives in relation to Smart Cities. In addition, the federal administration is intensifying dialogue with participants which are interested or involved, especially the cantons.

25 July 2018

Swiss Military Small Band plays in New Zealand, Australia and India

Switzerland's National Day will be celebrated by Swiss nationals living all over the world. The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA and the Chief of the Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Philippe Rebord, have arranged for an ensemble of 17 musicians from the Swiss Military Band to provide the musical accompaniment to the festivities at Swiss embassies and missions in Auckland and Wellington (New Zealand), Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne (Australia), and Delhi and Mumbai (India).

28 June 2018

Reassessment of former ammunition depot at Mitholz: Federal Council appoints working group

The interim report of an expert group has concluded that the risk of another explosion of remnant munitions at the former ammunition depot at Mitholz is higher than previously thought. At its meeting on 27 June 2018, the Federal Council tasked the DDPS with appointing a working group to further assess the risk and propose risk-reducing measures. The interim report concludes that taking immediate measures for the local people is not necessary. Nevertheless, the Federal Council today met with local residents and the authorities concerned to provide them with information.

27 June 2018

RUAG: Federal Council approves unbundling proposal

At its meeting of 27 June 2018, the Federal Council approved an unbundling proposal submitted by RUAG Holding AG, the technology and armament corporation affiliated to the Swiss government. A new holding company will be formed to bring together all sections of RUAG which perform services for the armed forces, separating them from the other business areas operating in the international field. By unbundling activities in this way, financial flows and IT systems can be separated, thereby increasing security. At the same time, RUAG will continue developing its international activities and assess and present options for (partial) privatisation by the end of the year.

11 June 2018

President Berset and Federal Councillor Parmelin to travel to Russia for FIFA World Cup

It has been confirmed that two members of the Federal Council will be travelling to Russia for the World Cup. President Alain Berset will visit Russia between 16 and 17 June and attend Switzerland’s group match against Brazil in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday, 17 June. Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin will be heading to Kaliningrad for the match against Serbia on 22 June.

31 May 2018

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin to attend the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin will be in Singapore from 1st to 3rd of June 2018, where he is scheduled to attend the Shangri-La Dialogue, the premier security summit in the Asia-Pacific.

30 April 2018

'Switzerland's Security' 2018: The Federal Intelligence Service

On 1 September 2017, the new Law on the Intelligence Service came into force, providing the Federal Intelligence Service (FIS) with new tools to identify and prevent internal and external threats to Switzerland. For the first time, the FIS's annual security situation report – a decisive tool intended to support the orientation of security policy – defines the intelligence-gathering measures that were subject to authorisation and implemented in 2017, in a strategic environment marked by a heightened terrorist threat, and constantly increasing cyber risks and espionage activities.

26 April 2018

Data leaks, crimeware and attacks on industrial control systems – topics in the MELANI semi-annual report

The 26th semi-annual report of the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI), published on 26 April 2018, addresses the most important cyber incidents of the second half of 2017 both in Switzerland and abroad. Among other things, the focus is on the widespread use of crimeware and attacks on industrial control systems in the medical technology sector. The spate of data leaks and their repercussions are examined in the main topic.

3 April 2018

Switzerland's engagement in mine action

In 2017 the Swiss Confederation invested CHF 22.3 million in mine action activities for the clearance of contaminated areas, awareness of mine risks, local capacity building and monitoring the implementation of international laws and treaties.

23 March 2018

Requirements defined for the new combat aircraft and new ground-based air defence system

The DDPS has decided on the requirements to be met by the new means of defending the population against threats from the air. Moreover, it has defined the evaluation criteria and other armaments-policy requirements, including those for offset transactions.

8 November 2017

Funding renewed for airspace protection – Federal Council makes strategic decisions

At its meeting on 8 November, the Federal Council made several fundamental decisions on the funding of Swiss airspace protection. It was decided that Switzerland will spend up to CHF 8 billion to purchase new combat aircraft and a new ground-based air defence system. In order to make this and other investments possible, starting in 2021 the armed forces budget will be increased by 1.4 per cent per year. The Federal Council has instructed the DDPS to submit several proposal options by February 2018. The approaches that are being considered include formulating a planning decision, revising the Armed Forces Act, or following the most commonly-used approach, which is the armed forces dispatch.

8 November 2017

Markus Seiler new head of the FDFA’s General Secretariat

On 8 November 2017, Markus René Seiler was appointed as the next general secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) on the recommendation of the head of the department, Ignazio Cassis. Mr Seiler, who is currently the head of the Federal Intelligence Service, will take up his new position on 1 December.

2 November 2017

Encryption Trojans and malicious emails in name of authorities on the rise

The 25th semi-annual report of the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI), published on 2 November 2017, addresses the most important cyber incidents of the first half of 2017 both in Switzerland and abroad. The encryption Trojans Wanna Cry and NotPetya, which made the headlines worldwide in spring 2017, are the focal point of the report.

15 September 2017

Cyberangriff auf die Bundesverwaltung entdeckt und Massnahmen ergriffen

Spezialisten des Bundes haben einen Angriff auf einzelne Server der Bundesverwaltung entdeckt und die notwendigen Massnahmen ergriffen. Der Bundesrat und die zuständigen politischen Gremien wurden über den Vorfall informiert. Bei der Bundesanwaltschaft wurden zwei Strafanzeigen gegen Unbekannt eingereicht.

19 August 2017

Fires in Portugal: Switzerland sends helicopters to help tackle blazes

Wildfires are currently raging across several regions of Portugal. Responding to a call for assistance by Portuguese authorities, Switzerland is dispatching three helicopters and crews to help contain the fires.

20 July 2017

Forest fires in Montenegro: the Federal Council decides to dispatch an Armed Forces helicopter to support firefighting efforts

On 20 July 2017, the Federal Council decided to dispatch a Swiss Armed Forces Super Puma helicopter from Switzerland to Montenegro to help fight forest fires. The helicopter is already en route to Tivat, where it will replace a KFOR helicopter which had been redeployed from Pristina to Tivat yesterday to provide initial support.

19 July 2017

Montenegro wildfires: Switzerland deploys a helicopter and sends a detachment

Fires have been raging in Montenegro for several days, devastating a number of areas. The scale of the situation has led the country's authorities to ask for international assistance. Today, Switzerland is dispatching a Swiss army helicopter from the KFOR base in Kosovo and a humanitarian team from Bern.

20 June 2017

Chief of Armament to visit Paris-Le Bourget

From 19-21 June, Chief of Armament Martin Sonderegger will be visiting the International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, along with the chief of armed forces planning, Brigadier General Rolf Siegenthaler, and an armasuisse delegation. Over the course of their stay, they will be meeting with representatives from several companies and procurement authorities.

12 June 2017

armasuisse – ETH Zurich team presents novel approach to identifying targeted cyber attacks

armasuisse Science and Technology and ETH Zurich have developed a new method for detecting targeted cyber attacks on IT networks. This is contributing to the national strategy for protecting Switzerland against cyber risks (NCS).

1 June 2017

Federal Chancellor Guy Parmelin to attend the Asia Security Summit in Singapore

Federal Chancellor Guy Parmelin travels to Singapore from 2 to 5 June, where he is scheduled to attend the Shangri-La Dialogue 2017 and pay a bilateral working visit to the Singapore Armed Forces.

26 May 2017

Natural disasters and climate-related risks: Switzerland appeals for closer links between disaster risk reduction, climate change and development cooperation

Natural disasters and climate-related risks threaten to reverse hard-won gains in development. These and other challenges were the focal point of the fifth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which took place from 22 to 26 May 2017 in Cancún, Mexico. At the conference, Switzerland appealed for closer cooperation in the fields of disaster risk reduction, climate change and development cooperation.

8 May 2017

The UN appoints Swiss expert Stefan Mogl to the Leadership Panel of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism charged with investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria

In 2015, the UN Security Council set up the Joint Investigative Mechanism to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. At the beginning of May, the UN appointed Stefan Mogl, head of the chemistry division of the Spiez Laboratory of the Federal Office for Civil Protection, to the Joint Investigative Mechanism’s three-person leadership panel for the second phase of the investigations until the end of 2017.

2 May 2017

«Switzerland’s Security» 2017: the Federal Intelligence Service presents its situation report

The challenges facing the security authorities are becoming increasingly complex. The number of relevant actors is growing, the security environment is increasingly fragmented and the strategic environment is marked by a European order under extraordinary pressure due to a variety of crisis situations. The annual situation report of the Federal Intelligence Service is intended to support the orientation of security policy.

28 April 2017

Switzerland steps up cooperation with the EU in the fields of humanitarian aid and civil protection

The frequency and magnitude of disasters have increased significantly in recent years. Switzerland and the EU have agreed to strengthen their cooperation in order to respond more effectively to emergencies in Europe and worldwide. On 28 April 2017, the two partners signed an administrative agreement to facilitate the exchange of information and best practices.

20 April 2017

For secure dealings with the internet of things

The 24th semi-annual report of the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI), published on 20 April, addresses the most important cyber incidents of the second half of 2016 both in Switzerland and abroad. The focal point of the report is the internet of things, which is becoming increasingly significant.

28 March 2017

Official visit of Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin to China

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, head of the DDPS, will be travelling to China on an official visit from 29 March until 3 April. He will be received by the Chinese minister of defence CHANG Wanquan in Peking.

2 March 2017

Official visit to Switzerland by NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg

Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) welcomed the secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg, at Lohn Manor in Bern on his official visit to Switzerland. Mr Stoltenberg had previously met with President of the Swiss Confederation Doris Leuthard. At Lohn Manor the three men discussed European security, developing partnerships within NATO and Switzerland’s engagement for peace and security. Mr Stoltenberg then travelled to Geneva where he visited the Maison de la paix.

20 February 2017

Flight tests at Älggialp: Flying in poor visibility

From 20 to 24 February 2017, the armed forces will carry out test flights in poor visibility at Älggialp (Canton of Obwalden). The goal of these field tests with helicopters is to evaluate systems that allow flying in poor visibility caused by snow. Civilian and military representatives from other countries are also involved in the tests.

2 February 2017

DDPS supports the 2017 Alpine ski world championships

The Alpine ski world championships will be held in St. Moritz from 6 to 19 February 2017. On this occasion, Switzerland will be the focus of international sport. The Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport helps those in charge to organise an unforgettable sports event. Together the armed forces and the civil defence organisation dedicate a total of about 13,000 service days for this event. The Federal Office of Sport is supporting the organisers with a contribution of 7.25 million francs. In addition, they benefit from other subsidies and services on behalf of Swiss Ski.

10 November 2016

“Nightway”: Swiss Air Force trains in Norway

From Monday, 14 November until Friday, 9 December 2016, the Swiss Air Force will hold its international training exercise “Nightway”, in Ørland, Norway.

28 October 2016

Cyberextortion: key topic in MELANI semi-annual report

The 23rd semi-annual report of the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI), published today, highlights the main national and international cyber incidents of the first half of 2016. In its key topic, the report analyses the increased numbers of attacks using cyberextortion. The report also focuses on various data leaks.

20 October 2016

New head of the Land Systems competence sector

The Head of the Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS), Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, has announced that Reto Maurer will succeed Hans Jörg Feller as head of the Land Systems competence sector armasuisse.

30 September 2016

Axalp Air Force fire event cancelled

Following two accidents in the past four weeks that have cost the lives of three Swiss Air Force service men, Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin has decided to cancel the Air Force live fire event due to take place at Axalp on 12 and 13 October 2016.

22 July 2016

1 August 2016: Swiss Military Band plays in Asia

In 2016 the Swiss Confederation celebrates its 725th National Day which will be honoured by Swiss nationals living in Asia as well. At the initiative of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the Chief of the Armed Forces, Lieutenant General André Blattman, an ensemble consisting of 14 musicians from the Swiss Military Band will provide the musical background for the festivities at embassies in Seoul (South Korea), Beijing (China), Manila (Philippines) and Singapore.

15 July 2016

Switzerland condemns the attack in Nice and mourns the death of at least two Swiss nationals

Switzerland is shocked and appalled by the attack in Nice, which claimed the lives of over 80 people. At least two Swiss citizens were among the victims. The President of the Swiss Confederation, Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, has condemned the attack in the strongest terms and has written to the French President, François Hollande, to express his condolences in the name of the Swiss people. In letters of condolence, other members of the Federal Council also expressed their sympathy and consternation to their French counterparts. On Friday afternoon, the Confederation's Security Core Group met with representatives of the Conference of Cantonal Police Commanders of Switzerland to discuss the situation.

11 July 2016

Protecting human life and contributing to peace and security – federal government sets out its Humanitarian Demining Strategy 2016–2019

Some 50 million stockpiled anti-personnel mines and 2 million cluster munitions have been destroyed over the past 20 years. People are nevertheless still being killed by landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war on a daily basis despite international efforts in which Switzerland also plays an active role. The federal government has therefore laid down guidelines on its humanitarian demining engagement for the period 2016–19 and will continue to provide experts for UN demining programmes, support demining projects in the countries concerned and maintain its strategic partnership with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining.

11 May 2016

The Federal Council takes note of the report of the '1970' interdepartmental working group

The '1970' interdepartmental working group has not found any indication of a secret agreement concluded in Geneva in September 1970 between Federal Councillor Pierre Graber, or any other Swiss representative, and Farouk Kaddoumi of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO). In its report, the working group also states that it did not find any indications that the investigations and procedures conducted by the Swiss prosecution authorities following the Würenlingen air disaster in 1970 had been obstructed. The Federal Council took note of this report on Wednesday, transmitted it to the Control Committees, and authorised its publication in full.

3 May 2016

Extraordinary wing replacement on an F/A-18

Within the next few months, it will be necessary to replace a wing on a Swiss Air Force F/A-18 Hornet due to a disbond in an adhesive joint. The replacement will be carried out during regular maintenance work. Until the wing is replaced, the aircraft involved can continue to be flown with certain restrictions.

28 April 2016

Handling security bugs, vulnerable infrastructure and a range of DDoS attacks: 22nd MELANI semi-annual report

In the second half of 2015, there were once again some spectacular cyber-related incidents worldwide. These were primarily DDoS attacks, phishing attacks and attacks on industrial control systems. Published today, the 22nd MELANI semi-annual report features handling security vulnerabilities as its key topic.

4 April 2016

Colombia, Afghanistan, Gaza: Switzerland supports the elimination of landmines and unexploded ordnance

In 2015 Switzerland actively engaged in humanitarian mine action as a concrete contribution to peace and security. It supported specific projects in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Colombia, Gaza, Mali and Myanmar, among others, and seconded an average of ten specialists to UN mine action programmes. This engagement bolsters humanitarian aid, development cooperation and peacebuilding, as it has in Colombia, where one of the longest civil wars has come to an end. The latest annual report provides an overview of the activities carried out by the Confederation in 2015.

2 February 2016

Switzerland has a new portal for open government data

As of today, the new Swiss portal for open government data (OGD) opendata.swiss is online. It replaces the pilot portal opendata.admin.ch. The Confederation, cantons, communes and other organisations are offering their freely available data centrally on the platform, which is operated by the Federal Archives. The portal is a measure forming part of the Open Government Data Strategy for Switzerland 2014-18.

19 January 2016

Programme of members of the Federal Council attending the WEF Annual Meeting 2016

The Federal Council considers the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) to be of great importance for Davos and for Switzerland. Each year, this event brings together leading figures from business and politics for informal exchanges. In view of the current economic and political challenges, the opportunity for such direct contact among decision-makers is extremely valuable.