Torben Schütz

Associate Fellow, Program Security, Defense, and Armaments

Areas of Expertise

  • German and European Defense Policy
  • Armament Policy and Defense Industry
  • Armed Forces and Military Capabilities


German, English



Torben Schütz is an independent political advisor based in Berlin. His work focuses on military capabilities, primarily in Europe, military technology and innovation as well as defense industrial matters. He joined the DGAP as an Associate Fellow in December 2017. Between 2013 and 2016 he worked as a research assistant in the International Security Division at the German Institute for International Affairs and Security (SWP) in Berlin. He holds an MA from Leibniz University Hanover.


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Selected Publications

Responsible Defense Policy
This Autumn, Germany Should Pave Its Way out of the 46 Billion Defense Investment Gap
by Christian Mölling, Torben Schütz
DGAPkompakt Nr. 23 (October 2018), 6 pp.
Responsible Defense Policy
By the close of the ongoing budget negotiations in November 2018, Germany will have to decide on the future of its armed forces’ long-term recovery. To close the 46 billion euro gap, the defense budget and financial planning would need to be increased by approximately four billion euros each year until 2024. While endorsing their firm commitments to NATO and the EU, parliament and government have so far failed to agree on a budget fit enough to deliver on those tasks they have assigned to the Bundeswehr.
Category: German Armed Forces, Germany
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