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

Technology and Strategy
Hypersonic Weapon Systems Will Decrease Global Strategic Stability – and Current Control Regimes Won’t Do
by Torben Schütz
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.
Category: Security
Protecting Europe
Meeting the EU’s military level of ambition in the context of Brexit
by Douglas Barrie, Ben Barry, Henry Boyd, Marie-Louise Chagnaud, Nick Childs, Bastian Giegerich, Christian Mölling, Torben Schütz
IISS/DGAP Study, November 28th 2018, 44 p.
Protecting Europe
The ability of the European Union to act in defense, today and in the future, is an important reference point in the discussion relating to strategic autonomy and to the impact of the British exit from the Union (Brexit). The EU has set itself a military level of ambition. This study assesses to what extent the EU is able to fulfil this level of ambition, today and with an outlook towards a 2030 horizon.
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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