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Germany planning to reform its military

Germany planning to reform its military

Germany is preparing a structural reform of its military that could free up more soldiers for international missions.
Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg said Monday a capacity of 7,000 to 9,000 soldiers for international missions is "certainly not at the upper end of possibilities" in comparison with other countries. The German army, or Bundeswehr, has a total of 247,000 active soldiers.
Guttenberg appointed a commission of six experts to come up with a concept by the end of the year to make the structures, command lines and procurement more efficient.
The Bundeswehr has already shrunk considerably since the end of the Cold War under reforms that Guttenberg has said were only partially successful.