Bundeswehr Homeland Defence Command

In addition to ensuring homeland security tasks in peacetime, the Bundeswehr Homeland Defence Command is also responsible for fulfilling important tasks within Germany in times of crisis and in the scope of national and collective defence operations. It is thus imperative for the Bundeswehr Homeland Defence Command to have a functioning command and control structure that can be rapidly and effectively brought to bear across all spectrums.

Mission

The Bundeswehr Homeland Defence Command is mainly responsible for the command, control and coordination of Bundeswehr operations in Germany. This ranges from performing homeland security tasks, to coordinating the deployment of the Bundeswehr to other areas and to providing a crisis management team to the Federal Chancellery. In peacetime, the mission of the Bundeswehr Homeland Defence Command includes, for example, providing administrative assistance and performing disaster relief tasks, as was the case during the flood disaster in the Ahr valley or with the comprehensive support services rendered during the COVID-19Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic. However, the build-up and training of homeland security reservist forces and the territorial reserve are also important aspects of the Bundeswehr Homeland Defence Command’s remit.

In addition to its homeland security tasks, it also acts as the command authority responsible for the reception, staging, onward movement and integration of forces. In other words, it is responsible for bringing together materiel and personnel from different areas of the Bundeswehr in Germany in order to then move them to the respective mission area.

National Territorial Commander

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    Lieutenant General Carsten Breuer

    Commander, Bundeswehr Homeland Defence Command

In the field of homeland security, the Commander, Bundeswehr Homeland Defence Command has responsibility for subsidiary assistance tasks. Where national territorial defence is concerned, he is responsible for the conduct of operations relating to tasks performed on German territory which remain a national responsibility as well as for exercising command and control over the appropriate forces.

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Organisation

Located in each of Germany’s Länder, the regional territorial commands are the Bundeswehr Homeland Defence Command’s points of contact for federal state governments, main training areas and other entities.

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