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Equipment deficiencies in the army : The 70-percent-force

What if, for example, the Nato 2019 would have to fast troops to send in? Then the German soldiers were on the Front line. The Bundeswehr has taken on, with the turn of the year, the leadership of the rapid reaction Force of Nato. The task is enormously challenging and a major pacemaker for the modernization of the armed forces, for the billions more should be provided, said Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU). The task is to show once more that the force was not prepared for such a challenge, the defence Commissioner of the Bundestag Hans-Peter Bartels (SPD), however, and launched a new debate about the shortcomings in the Bundeswehr.

The officially VJTF (Very High Readiness Joint Task Force) called the spearhead of the Nato was set up in the Wake of the Ukraine crisis, and since then has been an Element of the deterrence strategy against Russia. Their special feature is the high degree of readiness. The advance forces must be within a maximum of 72 hours to lay, all others in five to seven days.

According to the defense Ministry in Berlin, the land forces of the so-called tip of the spear of the military Alliance in 2019, from around 8000 soldiers. The German army of about 4000, about 1000 workers from other areas of the organization. More soldiers are in Alliance partners, such as France, the Netherlands and Norway.

Bartels said the Bavarian radio, was necessary "to provide a fully-equipped force on the legs". For the spearhead, the troop had to pull back from the whole of the German armed forces the Material together, to stand fully equipped: "The device that is missing elsewhere." The military representative asked the Minister, the Bundeswehr must be equipped with a "now back to one hundred percent, so all associations must have the device, you would need to have on paper actually available". In fact, however, the reform of 2011 had been driven after the last of the German armed forces stocks to 70 percent, and sometimes far below it. In addition, some of the device was "old and decrepit, the other is new and has teething problems".

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For the defense policy spokesperson of the FDP parliamentary group, Marie-Agnes Strack - Zimmermann show the criticism Bartels, once again, that the Minister had become over the years, its responsibilities, to modernize the Bundeswehr. "Now must finally invest more in the procurement and it should be ensured that the funds arrive where they belong," said the FDP politician, the daily mirror.

First in twelve years to the armed forces fully equipped

The inspector General of the force, Eberhard Zorn, announced on Friday, the German armed forces would only be in twelve years ' time fully equipped. The German army was in a position to comply with the recently acquired leadership role as a Nato spearhead this year. "We have for this Brigade, of course, is known, the Material borrowed from other units in the Bundeswehr," said anger. The Brigade was ready for a full leadership capable and fully operational. "The negative side is that we actually share in the troops, the Material have to be delivered, of course, the Material have too little."

criticism of the requirement to upgrade the German armed forces comes from the Greens and the left party. "The mantra-like call for more and More of it All the problems of the German armed forces will not solve," said the defense expert of the Green, Agnieszka Brugger, he had misunderstood the causes of the misery.

There is a need for a European division of tasks and clear of security-political priorities, along which the Bundeswehr is aligned with and is equipped. "The Rollback in the logic of the Cold war and the illusory promise of more money, more staff and more stuff procrastinate the problems of the Bundeswehr and aggravate you even more." At the end of the disappointment in the squad will be all the greater.

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left politician Alexander New said Bartels, "the alarmism is unjustified". The question is rather how a force could be equipped with a budget of 42 billion euros in the year is not so bad – although it is not equipped, in his opinion, "so bad as represented." By the way: If 250 tanks is only a five minute are proficient, may not be the answer but, on 500 tanks to increase, in order to have at least ten roadworthy. The link politician sees the Problem in the case of contracts with the defense industry, which provided no or very low penalties, for example, in the case of late deliveries by then, possibly even stripped-down versions of once ordered guns, tanks, planes.

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