Category Archives: Bundeswehr / Armed Forces

Bundeswehr Reform Proposals Released

Shortly after Minister of Defence Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg announced the end of conscription earlier this fall, an independent commission set up to review the practice of the Ministry of Defence suggested to cut the ministry’s staff by half. The cross-party … Continue reading

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Germany and Counterinsurgency

The berlinbrief is drawing your attention to a recent paper by Benjamin Schreer, deputy director of the Aspen Institute in Berlin, on Germany and Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. The piece has been published in the Australian journal “Security Challenges”. Here is … Continue reading

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German Islamists Attacked in Pakistan

Spiegel Online International reported on 11 October that the victims of a U.S. drone attack in Pakistan earlier this month have been identified. The group of men targeted by U.S. forces included German citizens that were believed to have ties … Continue reading

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Debate on Bundeswehr Reform Kicks Off

With Minister of Defence zu Guttenberg revealing his plans to modernize the German armed forces, the Bundeswehr, on Monday, the summer break is officially over. The minister kicked off what will become a foreign policy debate touching on the very … Continue reading

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Mandatory Conscription to be Dropped?

The future of the German armed forces, the “Bundeswehr”, has been an issue of debate for many years. How can the country provide for a modern army, capable and equipped to carry out its duties in missions abroad? The need … Continue reading

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