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.


  • Asymmetrical Arms Control

    How to Account for Innovation and Diversity in European Armed Forces

    von Torben Schütz | Security
    DGAPkompakt 12/2019, 5 pp.

    Asymmetrical Arms Control

    Conventional arms control in Europe is in crisis. As it is based on a simple headcount of weapons systems, it does not reflect the qualitative changes to armed forces’ structures and assets brought about by technological innovation. It is high time to embrace asymmetrical arms control mechanisms which are a promising method to deal with the diversity of qualitative changes in European armed forces. Germany should push for such innovation within the OSCE.

  • The Compact Roadmap

    Towards a New Level of Professionalization in Civilian CSDP

    von Carina Böttcher
    DGAPkompakt 11 (June 2019), 7 pp.

    The Compact Roadmap

    EU member states agreed the Civilian CSDP Compact in late 2018 to breathe new life into EU civilian crisis management. Its 22 commitments are a response to a double challenge: a rapidly changing security environment and persistent shortfalls in the planning, deployment, and conduct of missions. Implementation will be challenging. Political momentum depends on producing tangible results early on, notably through National Implementation Plans and a workable Civilian Capability Review process.

  • German Leadership in Arms Control

    Three Pillars to Achieve More Realism

    von Christian Mölling, Torben Schütz | Security, Arms Control and WMD
    DGAPkompakt 10 (June 2019), 5 pp.

    German Leadership in Arms Control

    Arms control is traditionally at the core of Germany’s cooperative security approach. It is therefore a natural leader for a new Western arms control policy. But Germany must overcome the Cold War approach that no longer suits today’s security environment. A new approach should build on three pillars: security, military, and alliance realism. While such a change entails risk and uncertainty for German decision-makers, the price of upholding existing outdated arms control architectures is already higher.


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