Accession Number:

ADA256459

Title:

The "Normalization" of the Federal Republic of Germany's Defense Structures

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1992-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

54.0

Abstract:

The unification of the two German states on October 3, 1990, signified the end of the Cold War and the beginning of a new phase in European diplomatic and security affairs. Yet, despite the heightened importance of the Federal Republic of Germany in European affairs, it is surprising that so little interest has been focused on Bonns attempts to reform its defense structures, while meeting new security objectives, at a time of declining financial resources. The author argues that despite accusations that Bonn is attempting to follow an independent diplomatic agenda, the Federal Republic of Germany FRG is not nationalizing its defense structures. Rather, the coalition government has decided that its future security can only be achieved within the context of integrated defense structures with its Western allies. Indeed. Bonn manifests every sign that it intends to scale back its defense activities, while making provisions for improvements in rapid reaction capabilities. Yet, even these reaction formations will require allied Support for deployment and sustainment. The rationale for this policy, this study argues, is that German national power can only be legitimized through the continued integration of the FRGs diplomacy and defenses within the context of the European Community and NATO. If there is an issue about which Bonns allies should be concerned, it is the inability of the FRG to reach agreement on the legal bases to project military force outside of the Central Region. German pacifism, not militarism, is what may disrupt Bonns relations with its allies.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE