17 Aug 2022 10:52 am
The Ministry of Defense informed about a reorganization of its management structure. With combined leadership, the Bundeswehr should be able to react more quickly. Critics fear the increased assumption of police tasks up to the counterinsurgency.
As early as June 13, the Federal Ministry of Defense provided information at its website about an adjustment of the command organization of the German armed forces.
As can be seen from the communication, the territorial management tasks will be bundled from October 1st. The aim of the measure is to increase the reaction speed of the Bundeswehr.
According to the Defense Ministry, the restructuring was made necessary by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The new command should not only perform purely military tasks, but also provide support in the civilian area. One of the plans is to quickly set up a national crisis management team in the event of natural disasters or to provide support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to the relocation of Allied forces as part of national and alliance defense, the Territorial Command and Control Command of the Bundeswehr (TerrFüKdoBw) will primarily be responsible for homeland security, civil-military cooperation and administrative and disaster relief from October.
The journalist Norbert Häring fearsthe new unit created in this way, which reports directly to the Secretary of Defense, could be used to counter insurgency and enforce coercive measures as part of the fight against the pandemic.
In his opinion, the defense minister used the media focus on the war in Ukraine in order to be able to covertly use the Bundeswehr more internally and then explicitly to fight the pandemic.
Originally, the Bundeswehr was not allowed to be deployed inside. This principle was increasingly dissolved after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center.
The orientation of the newly created leadership command points to an increasing mix of military and police tasks in the Bundeswehr.
Häring sees a connection with the fear of popular uprisings expressed by Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock. He suspects that behind the defense minister’s decision is the establishment of an increasingly repressive apparatus to suppress protests.
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