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