The Chief of Defence and his functions
First paragraph of the articleThe Chief of Defence and his functions
Within NATONorth Atlantic Treaty Organization, the German army has gone from being an enemy to a reliable friend in the defence of Western Europe. After the Cold War and German reunification, the task of integrating the former East German Army (National People’s Army) into the Bundeswehr fell to Chiefs of Defence Dieter Wellershoff and Klaus Naumann. The Chief of Defence was now the supreme representative of all the German soldiers and had to redefine the tasks of what had so far been a defensive force only.
The international orientation of the Bundeswehr was revealed in the first operations it conducted for the United Nations in Iraq and the Balkans. The transformation of the Bundeswehr into an army on operations required considerable changes to be made in the defence resources. The suspension of compulsory military service in 2011 was implemented by General Volker Wieker.