The Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS)

At the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) the main focus is on military matters. It has been headed by Guy Parmelin since the beginning of 2016.

Head of DDPS Guy Parmelin. (Keystone Peter Klaunzer)

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin

Guy Parmelin was born in Bursins (Vaud) on 9 November 1959. He holds a federal baccalaureate specialising in Latin and English. Following a farming apprenticeship, he obtained a diploma from the agricultural college at Marcelin in 1979. In 1985, he obtained a Federal PET Diploma in agriculture and winegrowing. Guy Parmelin is married.  

Guy Parmelin entered into politics in 1993 as president of Bursins communal council. Between 1994 and 2003, he was a member of the Vaud cantonal parliament. Between 2000 and 2004, he was president of the Vaud cantonal branch of the SVP. He was elected to the National Council in 2003.

As a master winegrower, he ran a farm and vineyard. Guy Parmelin was vice president of the board of the Federation of Swiss Agricultural Cooperatives (FENACO) and a board member of the ‘Etablissement d'assurance contre l'incendie et les éléments naturels’ (ECA) of the canton of Vaud.

Election to the Federal Council

On 09 December 2015 the Federal Assembly elected Guy Parmelin to the Federal Council. He took over as head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) on 1 January 20016.

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 25.11.2016

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