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A Transformation Gap?American Innovations and European Military Change$
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Theo Farrell, Terriff Terry, and Osinga Frans

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804763776

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804763776.001.0001

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The Rocky Road to Networked and Effects-Based Expeditionary Forces: Military Transformation in the Bundeswehr

The Rocky Road to Networked and Effects-Based Expeditionary Forces: Military Transformation in the Bundeswehr

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(p.83) 5 The Rocky Road to Networked and Effects-Based Expeditionary Forces: Military Transformation in the Bundeswehr
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A Transformation Gap?
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Heiko Borchert

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804763776.003.0005

This chapter demonstrates that the Bundeswehr is fully absorbed in a demanding a transformation process with a distinctly German footprint. It reviews the German understanding of defense transformation. Also, it reviews four key transformation strands—network-enabled capability (NEC), Role-Based Common Operational Picture (RobCOP), effects-based approach to operations (EBAO), and Concept Development and Experimentation (CD&E). These four strands enhanced the Bundeswehr's operational effectiveness, in particular for expeditionary operations. For the Bundeswehr, one of the vital catalysts to achieve Vernetzte Operationsführung (NetOpFü) was the RobCOP. Its provision was a key issue addressed in every NetOpFü CD&E experiment of the Bundeswehr. The employment of national and international capital markets could be an alternate path to Bundeswehr financing. The Bundeswehr believed that military innovation is more than technological progress. A key motive for German defense transformation was changing security challenges.

Keywords:   Bundeswehr, German defense transformation, network-enabled capability, Role-Based Common Operational Picture, effects-based approach to operations, Concept Development and Experimentation, NetOpFü

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