Program Security, Defense, and Armaments

The program conducts research and offers policy recommendations on security, defense and weapons issues.

Our Work

For 2018 the security, defense, and armaments program is focused on three research areas:

  • Germany’s strategic challenges, its defense policy and the future of the Bundeswehr
    • The security debate within Germany
    • Deterrence & nuclear policy
    • The Bundeswehr and operations
  • European security and defense, CSDP & NATO
    • EU initiatives (PESCO, CARD, EDF)
    • The Framework Nations Concept (FNC) and other bilateral or multinational cooperation formats (with particular focus on France, Norway and the Netherlands)
    • Security in Northern Europe
  • Armaments, technology and arms control
    • German and European weapons policy, defense industry and arms exports
    • Security and defense technologies; armaments innovation
    • Arms control; non-proliferation
    • Weapons, technology and arms control

Our formats

Confidentiality, expertise and tailored round tables not only ensure a constructive discussion atmosphere, but also relevant results. We want all participants to profit from their participation and return to our events. If you are interested in participating in such round tables, please contact us.

  • Music chamber roundtables: This program carries out background talks in small groups with selected guests on a ad-hoc basis.
  • Expert talks and workshops: These bigger workshops consist of up to 25 people, with expertise and perspectives from the Bundestag, government, think tanks and the private sector.
  • Panel discussions and conferences help to discuss policy relevant research results and current topics for larger audiences and the general public.

Our method

Political consultancy against the backdrop of scientific research: Our work relies on the expertise and experience of our associates. Through long term research projects we develop a comprehensive understanding of the background, details and context of current political problems. Through this work we are able to develop solutions.

International network of partners: Many problems can only be solved if the interests and scope of action of other actors are known and if one engages in dialogue with them. The program maintains an international network of contacts to governments, parliaments, think tanks and other actors.


  • Technology and Strategy

    Hypersonic Weapon Systems Will Decrease Global Strategic Stability – and Current Control Regimes Won’t Do

    von Torben Schütz | Security
    DGAPkompakt 4 (March 2019), 6 pp.

    Technology and Strategy

    Hypersonic weapon systems will alter the global strategic landscape. They will compress reaction times, increase ambiguity of military actions, and may lead to the weaponization of space. With no effective defenses against such systems in sight, all actors will face less stability – regardless of whether or not they field hypersonic weapon systems themselves. Germany and Europe should explore options to mitigate these risks through arms control, export controls, and confidence-building measures.

  • Deterrence and Arms Control

    Europe’s Security without the INF Treaty: Political and Strategic Options for Germany and NATO

    von Christian Mölling, Heinrich Brauß | Arms Control and WMD
    DGAPkompakt 2 (February 2019), 4 pp.

    Deterrence and Arms Control

    In response to Russia’s breach of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the US will withdraw from the accord. As a result, Europe loses a central pillar of its security. Russia’s threat potential rises due to its intermediate-range missiles. They could split NATO into two zones of security and lead Moscow to assume it holds escalation dominance. Germany and NATO should review their defense policy options. NATO’s unity and credible deterrence, complemented by dialogue with Moscow, are key.

  • Moving EU Civilian Crisis Management Forward

    More Capable, More Flexible, More Responsive

    DGAPreport, January 2019, 31 pp.

    Moving EU Civilian Crisis Management Forward

    The security environment of the European Union (EU) has changed dramatically over the past decade. New complex conflicts have erupted in the EU’s neighborhood, including Ukraine, Syria, Libya and Yemen, while long-standing conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan persist. Moreover, the rule-based world order has been increasingly fragmenting over the last years, and is facing a rise of interest-based foreign policy resting on power and deterrence.


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