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Damir Krstičević
Krstičević, September 2011
15th Minister of Defence of Croatia
Assumed office
19 October 2016
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković
Preceded by Josip Buljević
Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia
Assumed office
19 October 2016
Serving with Davor Božinović, Zdravko Marić and Predrag Štromar
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković
Preceded by Božo Petrov
Personal details
Born 1 July 1969(1969-07-01) (age 53)
Vrgorac, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia (now Croatia)
Political party Croatian Democratic Union
Military service
Allegiance  Croatia
Service/branch Croatian Army
Rank Major general
Commands 4th Guards Brigade
Battles/wars Croatian War of Independence

Damir Krstičević (born 1 July 1969) is a Croatian sergeant and politician, currently serving as the Minister of Defence and Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia.


Krstičević was born on July 1, 1969 in Vrgorac, Split-Dalmatia County in SFR Yugoslavia. Since his childhood, he knew he wanted to be a soldier.[citation needed] He finished military high school in Sarajevo. Upon graduating from the Military Academy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia broke up. He joined the Croatian National Guard in the summer of 1991.[1] He was assigned to the 4th Guards Brigade where he eventually rose to the position of the brigade's commander.

After the war, in 1997, he was sent to continue his education at United States Army War College, and finished with excellent grades.[2]

In 2000 he was one of the signatories of the Twelve Generals' Letter, which resulted in Krstičević's retiring by then Croatian president Stjepan Mesić.[3] He then worked as a manager, ceo, procurator and member of the supervisory board in computer software developing companies M SAN and King ICT.[4]

In 2007, he survived a helicopter crash in Vukovar, which damaged his spine.[5]

After HDZ won the Croatian parliamentary elections in 2016, and Andrej Plenković became the new Croatian Prime Minister, Krstičević was assigned to the position of Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence.[6]

In January 2018 he was inducted into the U.S. Army War College Hall of Fame.[7]

In 2018 he drew criticism for praising Operation Medak Pocket saying it was 'something to be proud of' despite the fact that Serb civilians were unlawfully killed, in addition he faced heavy criticism for legitimizing the presence of convicted war criminal Mirko Norac at an anniversary 'commemorating' the attack.[8]

See also

  • Cabinet of Andrej Plenković


  1. "Damir Krstičević: Zabranili su mi da budem vojnik, ono jedino što sam u životu želio biti" (in hr). 
  2. "Krstičević odgovorio na optužbe o plagiranju: Ponosan sam do boli, bio je to običan seminarski rad" (in hr-HR). 
  3. "Damir Krstičević: Zabranili su mi da budem vojnik, ono jedino što sam u životu želio biti" (in hr). 
  4. "Evo koliko je težak Damir Krstičević". 
  5. "Krstičević: Za sekundu smo bili na tlu. Još osjećam posljedice" (in hr). 
  6. "RADI SE O STRUČNOM TIMU Ovo su ministri u Vladi Andreja Plenkovića" (in hr-HR). 
  7. Ćosić, Mirko. "Minister Krstičević inducted War College Hall of Fame - Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia" (in en-gb). 
  8. "Croatian War Criminal’s Memorial Appearance Condemned" (in en-US). 2018-09-10. 

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