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Organisation

When it comes to any questions on the Bundeswehr or what administrative assistance and support services the Bundeswehr can offer in the respective Land, the regional territorial commands are the first point of contact and as such are vital for the work of the Bundeswehr Homeland Defence Command.

Our responsibility is first and foremost to the German citizens. We consider it our duty to ensure the provision of assistance and support by the Bundeswehr in crises and disasters. To provide for quick and effective response to any situation, we are available 24/7. We advise, coordinate, and decide.

The same applies to our reservists in the government district and government region liaison groups. They make sure that we can fulfil our responsibility to the people. Employed as part of the Land’s crisis management team, they provide initial guidance on how to best employ the Bundeswehr’s capabilities in the crisis situation at hand. 

It is our responsibility to deploy help and support to where it is needed. It is our responsibility to assist our allies when deploying through Germany. We are responsible for providing the structures in Germany that are required for the safe, secure, and efficient implementation of national deployments in the context of national and collective defence in accordance with NATO requirements.

Territorial Structures

A total of 22 subordinate agencies help the Bundeswehr Homeland Defence Command fulfil our manifold tasks. One of them, the Multinational Joint Headquarters Ulm, has a key role in the conduct of NATO and EU operations. A major part of the tasks of the Ulm command and especially also the co-located NATO Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSECJoint Support and Enabling Command) are related to territorial tasks in Germany.

In every Land throughout Germany, a regional territorial command has been established as a point of contact for the respective Land government and to facilitate the managing of territorial tasks. The 16 regional territorial commands together with the territorial reserve advise the Länder on various matters and maintain the established whole-of-government approach to security provision on the regional level. Furthermore, the Multinational CIMICCivil Military Co-Operation Command in Nienburg provides nationally and internationally recognized expertise in civil-military cooperation matters.

  • Bundeswehr Homeland Defence Command 
  • Regional Territorial Command Baden-Württemberg
  • Regional Territorial Command Bavaria
  • Regional Territorial Command Berlin
  • Regional Territorial Command Brandenburg
  • Regional Territorial Command Bremen
  • Regional Territorial Command Hamburg
  • Regional Territorial Command Hesse
  • Regional Territorial Command Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
  • Regional Territorial Command Lower Saxony
  • Regional Territorial Command North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Regional Territorial Command Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Regional Territorial Command Saarland
  • Regional Territorial Command Saxony
  • Regional Territorial Command Saxony-Anhalt
  • Regional Territorial Command Schleswig-Holstein
  • Regional Territorial Command Thuringia
  • Multinational CIMICCivil Military Co-Operation Command Nienburg
  • Multinational Joint Headquarters Ulm
  • Training areas
  • Federal Ministry of Defence Guard Battalion

Timelines

With the establishment of the Bundeswehr Homeland Defence Command, the Bundeswehr has taken an important step towards aligning with the requirements of national and collective defence. The Bundeswehr has thus integrated the core tasks of homeland security, host nation support, and the provision of forces under the roof of a single national command and control organization, taking account of current security developments as well as the Bundeswehr’s role in the German whole-of-government security provision concept. There is a lot of work to be done, from filling the newly established structures to associated digitalization tasks within the area of responsibility, defining the role of the national territorial commander, and ensuring the provision of a national crisis management team to the Federal Government. Since reaching initial operational capability in October 2022, the new command has assumed an increasing number of responsibilities and tasks. Its further capability growth will follow a number of milestones.