German Security Policy
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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The Bundeswehr, a modern, professional, well-trained force of some 340,000 troops, is at the end of a restructuring process which started in 1992. This restructuring was accomplished even as Germanys armed forces successfully contributed to international peace operations. Universal conscription remains a structural feature of the German armed forces The Crisis Reaction Forces, comprising some 50,000 volunteers from the active component, are Germanys readily available contribution for international military missions The Main Defense Forces are the backbone of Germanys commitment to national and Alliance defense. Their strategic value lies in balancing the overall strategic situation in Europe. The new Special Forces Command is able to operate across the entire mission spectrum. It has proven its capabilities by bringing war criminals to the International Court of Justice at The Hague. Future restructuring, perhaps triggered by budget constraints, by the increasing cost of new systems, and by the revolution in military affairs, will probably be an evolutionary, rather than a revolutionary process.
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