At the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) the main focus is on military matters. It has been headed by Viola Amherd since the beginning of 2019.
Federal Councillor Viola Amherd
Viola Amherd was born in 1962 and grew up in Brig-Glis. She attended baccalaureate school in Brig before studying law at the University of Fribourg. In 1991 she passed the bar exam to practise law in the canton of Valais and had her own law practice in Brig-Glis. Viola Amherd is not married.
Viola Amherd began her political career in 1992 as a member of Brig-Glis town council. She was mayor of Brig between 2000 and 2012. In 2005 she was elected to the National Council. She has been vice president of the CVP parliamentary group since 2011.
Viola Amherd has also sat on the boards of various companies and been active in clubs and associations.
Election to the Federal Council
The United Federal Assembly elected Viola Amherd to the Federal Council on 5 December 2018. She has been head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport DDPS since January 2019.
The Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS)
A lot of people associate the DDPS just with the armed forces. But the department is not confined to defence. Its tasks are many, including civil protection and sport – as its name suggests – and it is also home to the Federal Intelligence Service and armasuisse, the federal body which is responsible in particular for the procurement of complex technology.
DDPS facts and figures
Around 12,300 full- and part-time staff work at the DDPS.
In the 2015 budget the DDPS predicts expenditure of CHF 4,849 billion.
Last modification 08.01.2019