RUSI JournalVolume 157Issue 1members only

A Quiet Revolution: The Reform of the German Armed Forces


The Bundeswehr is undergoing the most important change since the end of the Cold War

The German armed forces are undergoing an unprecedented reform whose evolutionary nature has so far been poorly understood internationally. Bjoern Seibert explains the context, goals and process that led to the reform, analyses the political debate that surrounded it, and lays out the details of what is the most far-reaching reform effort since the end of the Cold War.

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