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The Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, based in the North Rhine-Westphalian city of Cologne, performs tasks related to the further development of the Army’s concepts, training activities, organisation and equipment planning.
The tasks of the Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre (ACCDC) are mainly derived from the requirement of focused capability development in the Army.
Based on guidelines by the German Army Headquarters, ACCDC bears responsibility in terms of the further development of concepts, training activities, organisation and equipment planning throughout the Army.
It develops the fundamental principles for all Army capabilities required for the future, enhances existing ones and combines them to form a modern Army system that is capable of meeting future challenges.
ACCDC has to ensure, from a technical perspective, that the Army is linked to the Integrated Planning Process, for instance.
As a consequence, ACCDC cooperates closely with the Bundeswehr Office for Defence Planning, the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, as well as with the commands of the other major military organisational elements.
Its activities are focused on contributing Army-specific competence and expertise to land operations across the spectrum of capabilities and tasks.
In addition, ACCDC safeguards Army interests in joint projects and coordination processes.
To perform its various functions, it has the following five divisions: Policy/Commonalities, Combat Development, ISRIntelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance/Support Development, Counter-IEDImprovised Explosive Device, and Organisation.
ACCDC was established in 2013, which makes it the Army’s youngest agency.
The test and experimental structures that have been operated at Munster since the end of 2018 and come under ACCDC command are an integral part of the Army’s digitalisation drive. Army soldiers are joined by servicemen and women of the Bundeswehr Joint Medical Service, the Joint Support and Enabling Service as well as of the Cyber and Information Domain Service in trialling new digital technologies for the Army under realistic conditions.
Major General Klaus Frauenhoff
Major General Klaus Frauenhoff assumed command of ACCDC in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, in October 2021.
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