Heinrich Brauß

Senior Associate Fellow, Program Security, Defense, and Armaments


  • NATO
  • European Security
  • EU-NATO Cooperation


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Email: brauss@af.dgap.org

Heinrich Brauß is a former Lieutenant General of the Bundeswehr. From October 2013 to July 2018 he was Assistant Secretary General of NATO for Defence Policy and Force Planning. In this capacity, he was also Head of Department of the Defence Policy and Planning Division in NATO’s International Staff and Chairman of the Defence Policy and Planning Committee of the North Atlantic Council. In these roles, he was in charge of the Alliance’s defence policy and strategic orientation towards the fundamentally changed security landscape since Russia’s aggression against Ukraine in 2014 and the strengthening of NATO’s deterrent and defence capabilities, as well as for NATO-EU cooperation in the development of military capabilities. Heinrich Brauß was also responsible for preparing the defence aspects of the NATO Summits in Wales 2014, Warsaw 2016 and Brussels 2018.

Prior to his last professional position, he was deputy to the same department in NATO for several years and Director Civil-Military Cell and EU Operations Centre in the EU Military Staff. Other stations in his professional career included commander of a tank brigade in Potsdam; chief of staff at the headquarters of NATO’s operation SFOR in Sarajevo/Bosnia and Herzegovina; head of department in the staff of the military representative in the NATO and EU Military Committee as well as head of the planning staff of the Federal Minister of Defence Volker Rühe.

He focuses on NATO’s development, European security and cooperation between NATO and the EU.


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Selected Publications

Deterrence and Arms Control
Europe’s Security without the INF Treaty: Political and Strategic Options for Germany and NATO
by Christian Mölling, Heinrich Brauß
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.
Category: Arms Control and WMD
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