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The Ministry of Defence (Dutch: Ministerie van Landsverdediging, French: Ministère de la Défense, German: Ministerium der Verteidigung), formerly called the Ministry of War and Ministry of National Defence, is the Belgian ministry responsible for national defence and the Belgian military. The Ministry of Defence is responsible to the Minister of Defence.

As a result of the Verhofstadt I Government's plans to modernise the federal administration, all other ministries were transformed into Federal Public Services (FPS), but in August 2007 there still was no Royal Order creating the FPS Defence, although that name is already in use on official websites. The Ministry of Defence is responsible to the Minister of Defence.

The Chief of Defence (CHOD) is the highest uniformed official in the Ministry of Defence. The CHOD is assisted in the exercise of his functions by a Vice-Chief of Defence (VCHOD) and a Secretary-General.

The Ministry of Defence is organised into multiple staff departments and directorates-general. The Armed Forces are subordinate to the Assistant Chief of Staff (ACOS) Operations and Training, who heads the Staff Department for Operations and Training. He is assisted by two Deputy Assistant Chiefs of Staff (DACOS), one for Operations and Planning and one for Training and Support.

Another staff department is the Staff Department for Intelligence and Security, which is led by the ACOS Intelligence and Security. This staff department is also known as the General Intelligence and Security Service and is responsible for military intelligence and security.


Ministers of DefenceEdit

Year Photo Minister Party
1831   Albert Goblet d'Alviella Liberal
1831 Charles d'Hane de Steenhuyze Liberal
1831   Amédée de Failly [fr] Liberal
1831–1832   Charles de Brouckère Liberal
1832   Félix de Merode Liberal
1832–1836   Louis Evain ?
1836–1840   Jean-Pierre Willmar Liberal
1840–1842   Gérard Buzen Liberal
1842–1843 Henri de Liem [fr] Liberal
1843   Léandre Desmaisières Liberal
1843–1846 Pierre Dupont Liberal
1846   Jules Joseph d'Anethan Catholic
1846–1847   Albert Prisse Catholic
1847–1850   Félix Chazal Liberal
1850–1851 Mathieu Brialmont Liberal
1851–1855 Victor Anoul Liberal
1855–1857   Léonard Greindl ?
1857–1859 Edouard Berten Liberal
1859–1866   Félix Chazal Liberal
1866–1868 Auguste Goethals Liberal
1868–1870 Bruno Renard None (technical expert)
1870–1873 Henri Guillaume None (technical expert)
1873–1878 Séraphin Thiebault None (technical expert)
1878–1879 Bruno Renard None (technical expert)
1879–1880   Jean-Baptiste Liagre None (technical expert)
1880–1884   Guillaume Gratry None (technical expert)
1884–1893   Charles Pontus None (technical expert)
1893–1896 Jacques Brassine None (technical expert)
1896–1899   Jules Vandenpeereboom Catholic
1899–1907 Alexandre Cousebandt d'Alkemade None (technical expert)
1907–1912   Joseph Hellebaut None (technical expert)
1912   Charles de Broqueville Catholic
1912 Victor Michel None (technical expert)
1912–1917   Charles de Broqueville Catholic
1917–1918   Armand De Ceuninck None (technical expert)
1918–1920 Fulgence Masson Liberal
1920   Paul-Emile Janson Liberal
1920–1923   Albert Devèze Liberal
1923–1925 Pierre Forthomme Liberal
1925 Albert Hellebaut None (technical expert)
1925–1926   Prosper Kestens None (technical expert)
1926   Prosper Poullet Catholic
1926–1931   Charles de Broqueville Catholic
1931–1932 Léon Dens Liberal
1932 Paul Crokaert Catholic
1932   Georges Theunis Catholic
1932–1936   Albert Devèze Liberal
1936–1940 Henri Denis None (technical expert)
1940–1944   Hubert Pierlot Catholic
*1942 Henri Rolin POB-BWP
1944–1945 Fernand Demets Liberal
1945–1946 Léon Mundeleer Liberal
1946–1949 Raoul de Fraiteur None (technical expert)
1949–1950   Albert Devèze Liberal
1950 Henri Moreau de Melen Christian Social Party
1950–1954   Eugène De Greef None (technical expert)
1954–1958 Antoon Spinoy PSB-BSP
1958–1961 Arthur Gilson Christian Social Party
1961–1965   Paul-Willem Segers CVP
1965–1966 Ludovic Moyersoen CVP
1966–1968 Charles Poswick PLP
1968–1972   Paul-Willem Segers CVP
1972–1979   Paul Vanden Boeynants PSC
1979–1980 José Desmarets PSC
1980 Charles Poswick PRL
1980–1981 Frank Swaelen CVP
1981–1985 Alfred Vreven PVV
1985–1988   François-Xavier de Donnéa PRL
1988–1992 Guy Coëme PS
1992–1994 Leo Delcroix CVP
1994–1995   Karel Pinxten CVP
1995   Melchior Wathelet PSC
1995–1999 Jean-Pol Poncelet PSC


Photo Name Date of birth Date of death Office Entered Office Left Party
  André Flahaut 18 August 1955 12 July 1999 21 December 2007 PS
  Pieter De Crem 22 July 1962 21 December 2007 11 October 2014 CD&V
  Steven Vandeput 30 March 1967 11 October 2014 12 November 2018 N-VA
Sander Loones 26 January 1979 12 November 2018 9 December 2018 N-VA
  Didier Reynders 6 August 1958 9 December 2018 MR

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