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Home Government Defence and SecurityTanzania People's Defense Force - TPDFTPDF Structure

The TPDF is a unified force consisting of the Army or infantry brigades, Air Force, Navy, and National Service. The army does not operate in its command, but consists of infantry brigades directly under the command of the Chief of Defense Forces (CDF).

Higher Defense Organization

The Commander in Chief (C in C)

The Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania, empowers the President of the United Republic of Tanzania to be the Commander of the Armed Forces. As the Commander in Chief he is empowered to declare war and commit the Defense Forces or part of it to active operations in or outside Tanzania.

The National Defense and Security Council (NDSC)

The NDSC is the highest decision-making authority in defense and security matters. It  formulates defense and security strategies to meet the objectives of national defense. It comprises the President of the United Republic, the President of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, ministers responsible for defense and security, and the chiefs of the defense and security organs.

The Ministry of Defense

The Tanzanian Ministry of Defense is designed to support Tanzania’s foreign policy and security policy objectives. It guides the contributions of the Defense Forces to meet defense and security goals, and shapes their structure and capabilities. The Ministry of Defense has the responsibility to ensure consistency in training and maintaining the Armed Forces in accordance with the defense doctrine.

The Defense Forces Committee (DFC)

According to the National Defense Act of 1966, the DFC is a committee at the Ministry of Defense level responsible for policy review and formulation on all matters relating to the administration and running of the TPDF. It consists of the Minister of Defense, the Chief of Defense Forces, the Permanent Secretary, the Chief of Personnel, and any other officer who may be appointed by the Minister of Defense. 




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