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TRANSFORMATION OF THE GERMAN ARMED FORCES AFTER THE END OF THE COLD WAR

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Author(s): Tomáš Kučera

Journal: Obrana a Strategie
ISSN 1214-6463

Volume: 11;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 29;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Germany | Bundeswehr | reform of the armed forces | conscription | strategic papers

ABSTRACT
In July 2011 Germany abandoned conscription. This step is the most significant part of the ongoing reform of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) and by no stretch also the greatest change in the entire history of the Bundeswehr. The current reform, however, is only the last one in the long line of attempts to adapt the Bundeswehr to post-Cold-War circumstances and missions. The German Armed Forces have been undergoing an almost uninterrupted process of transformation since the end of the Cold War. In the course of the last two decades the anticipated end-state of the reform has been changing accordingly with respect to the changing perception of strategic assumptions. The strategic reasoning behind the distinct reform attempts is to be analysed in this article.
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