German Armed Forces Modernize, Build Cyber Defenses

By Christian Mölling

Christian Mölling is Deputy Director at the Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) since February 2017. Prior to that, he was a senior resident fellow in the Security Policy Department at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He also worked at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs and the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich. He received his PhD in Political Science from Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.

Last year’s White Paper on German Security Policy lays out the country’s future security and defense trajectory. It omits the politically charged element of security and defense in a country with a Nazi past. It lays out a clear path toward increasing defense resources. And it lists Russia as a threat. The Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder asked Christian Mölling, Deputy Director at the Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), if the approach outlined in the White Paper indicates that Germany is remilitarizing and, if so, when the movement began and why. 

The Cipher Brief: Is it accurate to view what Germany’s defense policy restructuring and armed forces build-up as remilitarization?

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