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Germany’s NATO contribution: What challenges await the Bundeswehr? | DW

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Germany’s NATO Response Force needs warm underwear immediately.

Germany will provide 15,000 troops, of whom 3,000 to 5,000 will be stationed in Lithuania. Secretary-General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg wants a significant portion of the new fast response troops to be operational as early as the following year. Only nine of the 51 Tiger combat helicopters can take off due to a shortage of safety jackets, backpacks, and night vision equipment.

According to reports, soldiers on the eastern flank of NATO are in a low supply of warm underwear. André Wüstner believes that the army is “faced with the enormous challenge of undertaking its mission with the smallest Bundeswehr ever.” The budget of €100 billion ($102 billion) for the military will not be adequate to restructure the army. During quiet times, she argues, the German military became complacent, procedures become too bureaucratic, and decision-making is delayed. “If you can’t get a grasp on these matters during the conflict, you’re doomed,” she continues.

The Bundeswehr University in Munich asserts that it is assisting in the buildup of troops to defend, for example, Lithuania against a Russian invasion. According to scholar Frank Sauer, Germany is anticipated to be the logistical center through which everything will be processed. According to him, this is a significant strategic realignment in Europe that will have enduring implications for the German military.

Source: https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-nato-contribution-what-challenges-await-the-bundeswehr/a-62409270

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