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Security operation in the Mediterranean

Sea Guardian's mandate is to identify critical trends and maritime terorrism at an early stage (Source: Bundeswehr/Twardy)

Berlin, 14.09.2016.
Armed German troops are to be involved in the NATO-led maritime security operation Sea Guardian in future, the Cabinet has decided. In the Mediterranean, ships and aircraft are to work together to produce a detailed picture of the situation and to monitor the maritime area.


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.



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

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    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.


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