There are quite a few laps between the organization of Defence and the industry. Unfortunately, these are not widely known. That is why you will find a brief outline of the organization and their purpose (s) and skills and resources.


Defence organization

When the Dutch Armed Forces were re-built after World War II, their main task was to protect their own territory. When the Netherlands became a member of NATO it was extended to the protection of the territory of the NATO partners. The end of the Cold War in 1989 marked the beginning of a huge change for the armed forces. Besides the classical territorial protection task, the armed forces got two new tasks: promoting the international legal order and stability and support of national and international civil authorities in maintaining law and (humanitarian) disasters.

Moreover, in 1995 the military service was suspended. In practice, these two political choices meant that a professionalized armed forces worldwide should be deployed in missions where the level of violence could vary from low (humanitarian) to very high (peace enforcing). To meet this, radical changes were needed, in terms of organization, in terms of military training, in terms of equipment and operational concepts and, not least, in terms of mental attitude. A huge challenge, which gathered momentum gained under the pressure of constant budget cuts.

Today, the Ministry of Defence has approximately 63,000 employees, soldiers and civilians. It consists of the administrative staff, four operational commands and two supporting commands. The Executive Staff is responsible for making policies for the entire defence organization. The operational commands Navy, Army, Air Force and Military Police, are responsible for implementation under the guidance of the Chief of Defence. The Defence Materiel Organisation and Services Command Centers support them with the provision of products and services.

In terms of organization and business Defence has a great deal in common with major organizations in the industry. For example, in their tasks and control the commands are very similar to operating companies. But even within the commands a manager from industry will discover many familiarities once the gates of the barracks open.


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