Defense and Military

The Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) is represented at the Embassy by two offices: The Office of the Defense, Military, Naval, and Air Attaché and the armasuisse Washington Office (AWO)

Office of the Defense, Military, Naval, and Air Attaché

What we do

The Office of the Defense, Military, Naval, and Air Attaché covers U.S. and Canadian defense issues of interest to Switzerland. It represents the Swiss Armed Forces in the U.S. as well as in Canada, and keeps American and Canadian defense authorities updated on Swiss defense matters and policies.

The Office analyzes and reports on developments in North American security policy and armed forces issues. It organizes official visits and closely supports all military students and exchanges of personnel between Swiss, U.S., and Canadian Armed Forces.

Team Members

  • Major General Peter Wanner, Defense, Military, Naval and Air Attaché
  • Colonel (GS) Christian Lanz, Deputy Defense, Military, Naval and Air Attaché
  • Brigitte Bächtiger, Office Manager

To Contact the Office of the Defense, Military, Naval, and Air Attaché


Tel: +1 (202) 745 7946


Are you interested in an internship opportunity?

Every year the Defense Office offers two interships of 6 months for Swiss students. To learn more about the requirements please click here.

A former intern has shared his past experience through this  article that eloquently portrays this internship and its tasks and duties.

The armasuisse Washington Office

What we do

The armasuisse Washington Office oversees technical and contractual Swiss government procurement of U.S. defense equipment and services. It supports Swiss industry to access the defense market of the U.S. Department of Defense under the current Memorandum of Understanding.

Armasuisse, the federal competence center for the procurement of technologically complex systems.


Contact armasuisse Washington Office

Peter Jenni, Defense Procurement Counselor, Attaché aramsuisse Washington, D.C. Office


Tel.: +1 (202) 818 9373

Francesca Von Grebmer, Procurement Counselor, Deputy Defense


Tel.: +1 (202) 745 7945