Accession Number:

ADA547239

Title:

Challenges of German Land Forces 2030 and Beyond

Descriptive Note:

Strategy research project

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-03-24

Pagination or Media Count:

38.0

Abstract:

Germany needs to develop a new or at least modified concept for the long-term perspective, focusing on deriving conclusions for a future mission-capable and mission-ready Bundeswehr, able and willing to be an important means of German strategy. The overall intent must be to enable the Bundeswehr to better address current as well as future threats and missions. This approach could become a stronger orientation of the Bundeswehr as a means for a more proactive German foreign and security policy, but this approach also seems threatened by current and possible future cuts to the defense budget. This paper mainly focuses on deriving conclusions for the future of balanced German Land Forces as a means for a balanced German strategy. Based on the national interests of Germany as well as the analysis of future most dangerous and most likely threats, there is no alternative to transform the German Land Forces into balanced, all-volunteer and mainly expeditionary Land Forces for full spectrum operations. A future use of German Land Forces as an important means of German policy towards achieving political ends not only in war but also in full spectrum operations gives Carl von Clausewitz a timeless relevance.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE