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Follow-up audit Implementation of key recommendations - Armed Forces Staff, Centre for Historic Equipment of the Armed Force

In 2001, the Federal Council decided against the introduction of a legal provision that would have made it possible to establish and operate an Armed Forces museum, or to support private efforts to do so. However, since 2009, the Centre for Historic Equipment of the Armed Forces (CHEAF) has been responsible for the collection of historical Swiss Armed Forces equipment. The aim is to document and present the history and technical development of the Armed Forces. Three employees are responsible for the decommissioning of this equipment. In addition, the CHEAF has concluded service agreements with three foundations (Thun/Burgdorf, Dübendorf and Uster) for a total annual budget of approximately CHF 3.8 million.

Audit number: 21403

Audit Resource management – Defence Group - Armed Forces Command Support Organisation

The Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO) published an audit on the operational capability of the 2020 air-to-ground communication system in 2021. It found that there were fundamental risks and problems in the area of resource management in the Defence Group (Group V) which exceed the level of an individual project. It therefore announced a separate audit of ICT management at the Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS). In addition, the SFAO audited the implementation status of selected recommendations from the IT security audit at the Armed Forces Command Support Organisation (AFCSO).

Audit number: 22125

Audit DTI key project DDPS Programme to split basic ICT services - General Secretariat of the Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport

The programme of the Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) to split basic ICT services implements part of the federal ICT strategy and is a prerequisite for achieving the Armed Forces' recently issued ICT vision for 2026 (Group V). According to the strategy and vision, the future ICT service provider Kdo Cyber in Group V should only ensure the high-availability or mission-critical services for Group V, the Swiss Security Network and other service recipients in the Federal Administration. All other ICT services are to be outsourced to third parties as part of the split. This will avoid duplications between the federal ICT service providers. The DDPS programme to split basic ICT services includes the outsourcing of office automation (BURAUT/UCC) and some of the specialist applications.

Audit number: 22102