Accession Number : ADA606844


Title :   On Contemporary War and the German Armed Forcs: The Afghan War and and Its Consequenes


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Bleibolm, Sascha


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a606844.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 155


Abstract : Since the 1990s, German soldiers have been continuously deployed abroad without geographical restrictions. This policy breaks with the customs of the Cold War, in which the Bundeswehr focused strictly on continental roles and missions of forward defense in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The thesis argues that the evolution of the Bundeswehr to operational forces was a military adaptation determined by sociopolitical and military dynamics. Missions abroad transformed the Bundeswehr and had implications on the political level, and in society more broadly, in the face of domestic doubts and a public skepticism about war. More specifically, this transition has forced more qualitative changes than did unification and perhaps anything that came before. The heart and brains of the Bundeswehr changed because the Afghan mission was a new operational environment with unknown demands and consequences to which soldiers and civilians had to adapt in order to carry out the mission with success amid strategic ambiguity and domestic resistance. It resulted in a change of thinking, which has led to an emergence of a new identity of the Bundeswehr with a new Einsatz-Generation, which will have significant effects in Germany and among its allies well after the Germans cease security and combat operations in Afghanistan.


Descriptors :   *AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT , *GERMANY , AFGHANISTAN , ARMY PERSONNEL , COLD WAR , DEFENSE SYSTEMS , DEPLOYMENT , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , MILITARY OPERATIONS , MILITARY PERSONNEL , MISSIONS , NATO , POLICIES , POLITICAL SCIENCE , SECURITY , SOCIETIES , THESES , TRANSITIONS , WARFARE


Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE