"Defence Enterprise XXI" is a new name chosen for Switzerland's army, which is to follow an innovative business strategy.This content was published on January 23, 2002 - 15:01
The army's strategy, which will extend over a period of 10 to 15 years, is aimed at running the military as a business enterprise to improve its performance. The army also wishes to become more attractive as an employer by providing top quality training and access to modern technologies.
The new measures, including an in-house policy due to take effect in February, will apply to all parts of the army said the head of staff, Hans-Ulrich Scherrer, at the staff's annual general meeting in Bern on Wednesday. The decision will affect the Defence ministry's 11,000 employees, as well as 360,000 officers.
Scherrer says the army's restructuring will involve up to 2,500 job cuts over the coming eight years. However, social benefits packages have been planned.
swissinfo with agencies
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