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


  • Dr. Ursula von der Leyen

    Ursula von der Leyen is the 17th Minister of Defence. She was born in Brussels on 8 October 1958. She is married with seven children.


  • Command of the Armed Forces

    In peacetime, and in a state of tension, command of the Armed Forces is vested in the Federal Minister of Defence. It is only in a state of defence that the power of command over the Armed Forces is passed to the Federal Chancellor.



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