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The Ministry of Defence ( , , ) is the Belgianmarker ministry responsible for national defence and the Belgian military. It is the sole remaining ministry of the Federal Government. As a result of the first Verhofstadt 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, Pieter de Crem (CD&V).

The Chief of Defence (CHOD) is the highest official in the Ministry of Defence. General August Van Daele is the Chief of Defence since 1 January 2003. 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 lead 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 Defence

Year Minister Party
1831 Albert Goblet d'Alviella Liberal
1831 Charles d'Hane de Steenhuyze Liberal
1831 V. de Failly 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 Liberal
1843 Léandre Desmaisières Liberal
1843-1846 Pierre Dupont Liberal
1846 Jules Joseph d'Anethan Katholieke Partij
1846-1847 Albert Prisse Katholieke Partij
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 technicus
1870-1873 Henri Guillaume technicus
1873-1878 Séraphin Thiebault technicus
1878-1879 Bruno Renard technicus
1879-1880 Jean-Baptiste Liagre technicus
1880-1884 Guillaume Gratry technicus
1884-1893 Charles Pontus technicus
1893-1896 Jacques Brassine technicus
1896-1899 Jules Vandenpeereboom Katholieke Partij
1899-1907 Alexandre Cousebandt d'Alkemade technicus
1907-1912 Joseph Hellebaut technicus
1912 Charles de Broqueville Katholieke Partij
1912 Victor Michel technicus
1912-1917 Charles de Broqueville Katholieke Partij
1917-1918 Armand De Ceuninck technicus
1917-1918 Emile Vandervelde BWP
1918-1920 Fulgence Masson Liberal
1920 Paul-Emile Janson Liberal
1920-1923 Albert Devèze Liberal
1923-1925 Pierre Forthomme Liberal
1925 Albert Hellebaut technicus
1925-1926 Prosper Kestens technicus
1926 Prosper Poullet Katholieke Partij
1926-1931 Charles de Broqueville Katholieke Partij
1931-1932 Léon Dens Liberal
1932 Paul Crokaert Katholieke Partij
1932 Georges Theunis Katholieke Partij
1932-1936 Albert Devèze Liberal
1936-1940 Henri Denis technicus
1940-1944 Hubert Pierlot Katholieke Partij
*1942 Henri Rolin BWP
1944-1945 Fernand Demets Liberal
1945-1946 Léon Mundeleer Liberal
1946-1949 Raoul de Fraiteur technicus
1949-1950 Albert Devèze Liberal
1950 Henri Moreau de Melen PSC
1950-1954 Etienne De Greef technicus
1954-1958 Antoon Spinoy BSP
1958-1961 Arthur Gilson PSC
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
1999-2007 André Flahaut PS
2007-current Pieter De Crem CD&V


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