Minister of Defence (Belgium)
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Minister of Defence Belgium

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 Defence

Year Photo Minister Party
1831 Albert Goblet.png Albert Goblet d'Alviella Liberal
1831 Charles d'Hane de Steenhuyze Liberal
1831 Failly Amedee de.jpg Amédée de Failly [fr] Liberal
1831-1832 Charles de Brouckère.png Charles de Brouckère Liberal
1832 Félix de Merode.jpg Félix de Merode Liberal
1832-1836 EVAIN Louis 1775-1832 SMdL 02.jpg Louis Evain ?
1836-1840 Willmar Jean-Pierre.jpg Jean-Pierre Willmar Liberal
1840-1842 Gérard Buzen.JPG Gérard Buzen Liberal
1842-1843 Henri de Liem [fr] Liberal
1843 Léandre Desmaisières, ministre belge.jpg Léandre Desmaisières Liberal
1843-1846 Pierre Dupont Liberal
1846 Jules d'Anethan.jpg Jules Joseph d'Anethan Catholic
1846-1847 Albert-Florent-Joseph Prisse.png Albert Prisse Catholic
1847-1850 Pierre Emmanuel Félix Chazal.jpg Félix Chazal Liberal
1850-1851 Mathieu Brialmont Liberal
1851-1855 Victor Anoul Liberal
1855-1857 Baron Greindl.JPG Léonard Greindl ?
1857-1859 Edouard Berten Liberal
1859-1866 Pierre Emmanuel Félix Chazal.jpg 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 Liagre, Jean-Baptiste Joseph, par Alexandre Quinet, BNF Gallica.jpg Jean-Baptiste Liagre None (technical expert)
1880-1884 Guillaume Gratry.JPG Guillaume Gratry None (technical expert)
1884-1893 Pontus-charles.jpg Charles Pontus None (technical expert)
1893-1896 Jacques Brassine None (technical expert)
1896-1899 Jules van den Peereboom.jpg Jules Vandenpeereboom Catholic
1899-1907 Alexandre Cousebandt d'Alkemade None (technical expert)
1907-1912 Joseph Hellebaut.jpg Joseph Hellebaut None (technical expert)
1912 M 37 4 Charles de Brocqueville.jpg Charles de Broqueville Catholic
1912 Victor Michel None (technical expert)
1912-1917 M 37 4 Charles de Brocqueville.jpg Charles de Broqueville Catholic
1917-1918 Armand de Ceuninck (1858-1935).jpg Armand De Ceuninck None (technical expert)
1918-1920 Fulgence Masson Liberal
1920 PaulEmileJanson.jpg Paul-Emile Janson Liberal
1920-1923 Buste van Albert Devèze (1881-1959) door Marcel Rau - Wikibruz17.jpg Albert Devèze Liberal
1923-1925 Pierre Forthomme Liberal
1925 Albert Hellebaut None (technical expert)
1925-1926 General Kestens.jpg Prosper Kestens None (technical expert)
1926 Prosper poullet.jpg Prosper Poullet Catholic
1926-1931 M 37 4 Charles de Brocqueville.jpg Charles de Broqueville Catholic
1931-1932 Léon Dens Liberal
1932 Paul Crokaert Catholic
1932 Georges Theunis 1921.jpg Georges Theunis Catholic
1932-1936 Buste van Albert Devèze (1881-1959) door Marcel Rau - Wikibruz17.jpg Albert Devèze Liberal
1936-1940 Henri Denis None (technical expert)
1940-1944 Hubert Pierlot 1947.jpg 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 Buste van Albert Devèze (1881-1959) door Marcel Rau - Wikibruz17.jpg Albert Devèze Liberal
1950 Henri Moreau de Melen Christian Social Party
1950-1954 Eugène De Greef.jpg Eugène De Greef None (technical expert)
1954-1958 Antoon Spinoy PSB-BSP
1958-1961 Arthur Gilson Christian Social Party
1961-1965 Belgische minister P. W. Segers.jpg Paul-Willem Segers CVP
1965-1966 Ludovic Moyersoen CVP
1966-1968 Charles Poswick PLP
1968-1972 Belgische minister P. W. Segers.jpg Paul-Willem Segers CVP
1972-1979 Paul Vanden Boeynants 1966.jpg 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 Donnea in 2009.jpg François-Xavier de Donnéa PRL
1988-1992 Guy Coëme PS
1992-1994 Leo Delcroix CVP
1994-1995 Karel Pinxten 2.jpg Karel Pinxten CVP
1995 Melchior Wathelet junior.png Melchior Wathelet PSC
1995-1999 Jean-Pol Poncelet PSC


No. Portrait Name
Term Political Party Government
Took office Left office Duration
André Flahaut
André Flahaut
(born 1955)
12 July 199921 December 20078 years, 162 daysPSVerhofstadt I-II
Pieter De Crem
Pieter De Crem
(born 1962)
21 December 200711 October 20146 years, 294 daysCD&VVerhofstadt III
Leterme I
Van Rompuy
Leterme II
Di Rupo
Steven Vandeput
Steven Vandeput
(born 1967)
11 October 201412 November 20184 years, 32 daysN-VAMichel I
Sander Loones
Sander Loones
(born 1979)
12 November 20189 December 201827 daysN-VAMichel I
Didier Reynders
Didier Reynders
(born 1958)
9 December 2018Incumbent1 year, 72 daysMRMichel II
Philippe Goffin
Philippe Goffin
(born 1967)
30 November 2019Incumbent81 daysMRWilmès

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