The Netherlands Ministry of Defence comprises the Central Staff, the Royal Netherlands Navy, the Royal Netherlands Army, the Royal Netherlands Air Force, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, the Support Command and the Defence Materiel Organisation. The Minister is leading the Ministry of Defence.
The Defence organisation bears similarities to a large company. The Operational Commands (naval, land and air forces), the Marechaussee (military police), the Support Command (CDC) and the Defence Materiel Organisations bear resemblance to operating companies. The Defence organisation has about 68,000 personnel, making it one of the larger employers in the Netherlands. The Central Staff, housed at the Plein in The Hague, employs some 2,000 civilian and military personnel.
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