Chief of the German Army: We must be ready for war in 5 years

Today, the respected German newspaper DW reported that German Chancellor Scholz announced the largest investment in the military since the World War II

by Sededin Dedovic
Chief of the German Army: We must be ready for war in 5 years
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Trump's controversial statements questioning NATO's obligation to provide military support to each member in the event of an attack continue to make headlines in Europe, especially after the recent statement that he will encourage Russia to attack certain NATO members.

This has reignited the debate in Germany about the potential formation of a special fund for military expenditure, support for the arms industry and overcoming the constitutional "borrowing brake", as reported by Deutsche Welle.

German politicians raised their voices, expressing concern over the possibility of a reduction in US support for NATO allies. Roderich Kiesewetter, a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in charge of defense issues, emphasized in an interview for "Zideutsche Zeitung" the need for a significant increase in the funds allocated to the Bundeswehr.

"It is completely clear that we need 300 billion euros instead of the current 100 billion, in order for the German army to be adequately equipped for any challenges," Kiesewetter emphasized. He added that it is crucial that the money be directed exclusively to the improvement of military capability because that is the priority at the moment.

In the past, Germany used that money to cover holes in the budget. Kieseweter also pointed out that state expenditures for the military should permanently reach two percent of the gross domestic product, but this requires a change in priorities and clear structural reforms.

Andreas Schwartz, a financial expert from the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), also emphasized the urgency of investing in the defense sector. He proposed a permanent separation of defense and civil protection funds from the constitutional "borrowing brake", given the uncertainty in international relations and growing threats, especially from Russia.

According to Schwartz, Germany must urgently prepare for new challenges, including protection against cyberattacks and natural disasters, but primarily build a strong army.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) and Lieutenant General Carsten Breuer© Carsten Koall / Getty Images

Trump's rhetoric has called into question the traditional US support for NATO allies.

At a campaign rally, Trump said he would not guarantee protection to allies who do not spend enough on their own defense, prompting many NATO members, including Germany, to review their military budgets. For days now, the main news among politicians and the public has been presidential candidate Donald Trump, and it seems that Europeans have developed a fear of his re-election.

Although the set goal for NATO members to set aside at least two percent of their gross domestic product for defense was achieved, Germany lagged behind in this regard for years. However, this year it achieved that goal, and Chancellor Scholz stated that this practice will continue in the future with even more allocations than the current 100 billion, which is certainly the most that Germany has invested in the military after the Cold War.

This announcement of increased investment is a clear signal of Germany's commitment to military security and solidarity within the NATO alliance. Germany has also become a key player in supporting Ukraine, both in Europe and globally.

They are the main support for Ukrainian territorial integrity, as they have proven with huge donations. The Institute for the World Economy from Kiel points out that so far Germany has provided Ukraine with about 17 billion euros in military aid, which is the largest amount in Europe, except for the United States of America.

However, the growing pressure on Ukraine, especially the lack of ammunition, requires a faster solution. Currently, ammunition delivery times are up to 28 months, but new factories are planned to speed this up. Accordingly, German Chancellor Scholz recently attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Rheinmetall's new plants in the Lüneburg Wasteland.

It is planned that this factory will start producing artillery shells, which are crucial for the needs of the Ukrainian army. The new factory is expected to significantly increase production capacity and enable faster deliveries of weapons to Ukraine.

Johan Vadeful, deputy head of the parliamentary group of the Christian Democratic Party, emphasized the importance of investing in the military industry in order to strengthen national defense and support the NATO alliance.

He called on the German government to develop a comprehensive strategy to strengthen the military industry, so that Germany could play a key role in the conventional defense of Europe.

Germany must be ready for war in five years

Chief of the General Staff of the German Army Carsten Breuer estimated a few days ago that the army must be capable of war in five years.

"Based on various analyses, and when I see the potential threat that Russia represents, for us it means five to eight years of preparation," the German general told the Sunday edition of Die Welt. According to him, this does not mean that there will be a war, but it is possible and Germany needs to wake up. "Since I am a soldier, I say that in five years we must be ready for war," he added