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Video: The 2016 White Paper explained

The 2016 White Paper reflects a modern understanding of strategy development. (Source: Simpleshow)

Berlin, 11.08.2016.
The White Paper is also a contribution by the German Government to the security policy debate in our country. Its purpose is to intensify and enrich this debate. In addition, it shows our international partners and allies how Germany sees its future role in the world in terms of security policy.


KFOR – Joining the ORF batallion in Kosovo - Bundeswehr

Troops throwing molotov cocktails during a drill

The Americans play the role of a violent crowd that has to be pushed back over several hours. (Source: Bundeswehr)

Kosovo, 22.07.2016.
They will be called should the situation in the Balkans escalate. The ORF, or ”Operational Reserve Force“, consists of soldiers on call in their home countries. They can be ready for deployment in Kosovo within seven days.



  • Minister of Defence

    Ursula von der Leyen is the 17th Minister of Defence.

  • History of the Federal Ministry of Defence

    The so-called Amt Blank became the Federal Ministry of Defence on 7 June 1955. Shortly before this date, the Federal Republic of Germany had acceded to NATO. The Federal Ministry of Defence is thus one of the younger ministries of the Federal Government. It can nevertheless look back on a very eventful history.


  • Spokespersons

    Find your local point of contact: The spokespersons of the Ministry of Defence answer your questions.



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