Ministry of Defence
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Agency overview
Formed 1949
Jurisdiction Euskadi
Headquarters Gasteiz, Euskadi
Agency executives Mikel Aguirrezabala Smith, Minister of Defence
Admiral Ignacio Unanue Laburu, Chief of Defence

The Defentsa-Sailburua (Ministry of Defence) is an Euskadi government ministry in charge of the formation and implementation of national security and defence policy, and for the overall management and control of the activities of subordinate agencies. The ministry is located at Gasteiz. The ministry is headed by the politically appointed Defentsa-Sailburu, currently Mikel Aguirrezabala Smith. The ministry controls a large group of defence-related agencies, not to be related with Atzerri-Sailburua (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) that controls intelligence-related agencies in the country.

Core tasks

  • Strategic analysis, research and development (R&D)
  • The development of long-term policy including future strategic concepts and doctrines
  • Perspective and structural planning
  • Planning, budgeting and implementation in the medium and short term
  • Overall management of agencies’ activities during the budget year
  • Operational policy, planning and management at a strategic level
  • Exercise policy, planning and management at a strategic level
  • Emergency planning, policy and management at a strategic level
  • Crisis management
  • Development and implementation of security policy, both nationally and internationally
  • Development of defence cooperation with allied- and partner countries
  • Strategic personnel management
  • Information, communication and press relations
  • Strategic leadership and management in the field of ICT
  • Organisational development
  • Preventive security at a strategic level
  • Legal questions
  • Controller / Internal audit
  • Internal administration


  • Department of Personnel and General Services
  • Department of Security Policy
  • Department of Operations and Emergency Planning
  • Department of Defence Policy and Long-Term Planning
  • Department of Finance and Management
  • Joint Chiefs

Subordinate agencies

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