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) : Falkenberg, Thomas


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA547239


Report Date : 24 MAR 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 38


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.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , STRATEGY , MILITARY BUDGETS , GERMANY , FOREIGN POLICY


Subject Categories : MILITARY FORCES AND ORGANIZATIONS


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE