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The Federal Ministry of Defence

The Federal Ministry of Defence assists the Minister in fulfilling his many and varied responsibilities. It consists of the executive group, the civilian directorates and the military staffs.


  • Minister of Defence

    Ursula von der Leyen is the 17th Minister of Defence.


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    The State Secretaries

    Two Parliamentary State Secretaries assist the Minister in fulfilling his governmental duties. They maintain permanent contact with the Bundestag, Bundesrat and parliamentary groups, and represent the Minister in these bodies.
    Two Permanent State Secretaries assist the Minister in performing technical control of the Ministry and exercising peacetime command authority.


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    The Chief of Defence, Bundeswehr

    The Chief of Defence, Bundeswehr is the highest-ranking service member of the German armed forces and the military adviser to the Federal Minister of Defence and the Federal Government. He is responsible for the development and implementation of an overall concept of military defence.


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    The Ministry

    The Federal Ministry of Defence supports the Federal Minister of Defence in performing his functions as a member of the Federal Government, as the head of the Ministry and as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.


  • History of the Federal Ministry of Defence

    The so-called Amt Blank became the Federal Ministry of Defence on 7 June 1955. Shortly before this date, the Federal Republic of Germany had acceded to NATO. The Federal Ministry of Defence is thus one of the younger ministries of the Federal Government. It can nevertheless look back on a very eventful history.



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