Military Capabilities

Bundeswehr bears increasing burden, according to German parliamentary report

30 January 2020

The Bundeswehr is increasingly overburdened by foreign deployments and NATO commitments and is still waiting for the reversal in the downward trend in personnel and equipment, according to a German parliamentary report published on 28 January.

Germany’s parliamentary commissioner for the armed forces, Hans-Peter Bartels, said in the report that the Bundeswehr had 17,500 troops on deployment at the end of 2019, plus another 7,200 committed to the NATO Response Force. He also pointed to national and international discussions about new deployments in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Sahel.

Despite the heavy political push for higher readiness, the Bundeswehr has not yet felt the ‘Trendwende’, the reversal in the downward trend in personnel, materiel, and an overbureaucratic organisation, according to Bartels.

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