Committed to peace and security, always and everywhere.
Defence stands for peace and security, in the Netherlands and elsewhere. The armed forces contribute to stability and freedom in the world. The Ministry of Defence comprises the Ministry itself (Central Staff), the four armed forces (the Royal Netherlands Navy, the Royal Netherlands Army, the Royal Netherlands Air Force and the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee [Military and Border Police]), Support Command and the Defence Materiel Organisation. With a workforce of some 58,000, the Ministry of Defence is one of the biggest employers in the Netherlands.
The Defence organisation bears similarities to a large company. The Operational Commands (naval, land and air forces), the Marechaussee (military police), the Support Command (CDC) and the Defence Materiel Organisations bear resemblance to operating companies. The Defence organisation has about 58,000 personnel, making it one of the larger employers in the Netherlands. The Central Staff, housed at the Plein in The Hague, employs some 1,700 civilian and military personnel.
Netherlands to continue contributing to UN mission in Mali in 2017
This Friday the government decided that the Netherlands will again contribute to MINUSMA, the UN peace mission in Mali, in 2017.
Mission in Iraq to be extended, ship to be deployed for training of Libyan coastguard
Today it was decided by the cabinet that the Netherlands will remain part of the international fight against the ISIS terror...
A look at the Defence news 8-14 August
What do you do after a flood? How do you paint a fictitious yet realistic picture of an event for an exercise scenario? These...
The Netherlands to extend its participation in the UN Mission in South Sudan
The cabinet has approved the extension of the Netherlands' participation in the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) by one year....
Netherlands to intensify action against ISIS in Syria and Iraq
The Netherlands is stepping up its contribution to the international campaign against ISIS. The cabinet has decided to send a...