Swiss Armed Forces Supreme Command

  • The Armed Forces Supreme Command is the “group management” of a organisation with a budget of CHF 5 billion, an investment volume of CHF 1 – 1.5 billion and over 9,000 employees;
  • The Deputy Chief of the Armed Forces (3-star general) is representing the armed forces internally and externally in the absence (or by delegation) of the supreme commander;
  • The Chief of Joint Operations Command (3-star general) is a member of the armed forces supreme command and is responsible for all armed forces operations. Responsible for results, he commands 6 divisions and 4 areas of competence with a budget of CHF 1.4 billion as well as 2,300 employees and approx. 75,000 troops (militia);
  • The Commander of Swiss Air Force (3-star general) is responsible for air policing 7/24 and air defense. Since 2018, the Air Force Commander has been subordinate to the Chief of Joint Operations Command;
  • The Chief of Armed Forces Staff (2-star general) leads the cross-sectional business areas of the armed forces: strategy, planning and doctrine, finance, personnel, law, communication, real estate, international relations, etc.


  • The members of the Armed Forces Supreme Command, as “executive board/group management”, have overall responsibility for the strategic and operational management of the armed forces, their representation towards all stakeholders in cooperation with politics, business, authorities and the media;
  • Future-oriented realignment of the armed forces and the armed forces administration;
  • Strategic personnel development as well as new conception and implementation of a strategy-compliant performance management;
  • Transformation of the Armed Forces Operational Headquaters into a Joint Operations Command with 6 divisions and 4 competence centers with 2,300 employees;
  • Responsibility for the basic readiness and operational readiness, training and education of approx. 75,000 troops (militia);
  • Protection of the airspace 7/24, protection of international conferences and critical infrastructures;
  • Support of the civil authorities in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic with up to 8,000 troops (militia);
  • Responsible for emergency and crisis management as well as for the business continuity management of the armed forces.