The DDPS is divided into seven administrative units: Defence, General Secretariat, Civil Protection, Sport, armasuisse, the Federal Intelligence Service and swisstopo. The department’s core activities are security and physical exercise: security, protection and assistance from the Armed Forces and Civil Protection, physical exercise and health through sport. In 2016, the DDPS had 11,616 full-time employees, while the Armed Forces performed 5,918,334 days of service.
The DDPS adopted an energy policy for the department for the first time in 2004. It was renewed in 2013. The aim is to anchor modern and resource-efficient environmental and energy management in the DDPS and to achieve the specific targets based on the SwissEnergy programme by 2020.