Redesigning the Bundeswehr?

Kerry Longhurst

in Germany and the Use of Force

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780719067082
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700570 | DOI:
Redesigning the Bundeswehr?

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This chapter examines the reform of the German armed forces. It appraises several attempts during the 1990s to change the Bundeswehr from its Cold War organisation into a modern military equipped for a wider range of missions. It shows that these attempts have been surrounded by controversy and slowed down by financial uncertainties. This chapter also emphasises the external and internal impulses for defence reform and discusses the different factors that have slowed down policy change.

Keywords: reform; German armed forces; Cold War organisation; modern military; defence reform; policy change

Chapter.  7437 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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