Bundeswehr procurement system must be reformed

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Christine Lambrecht (SPD) is in favor of a reform of the procurement system of the Bundeswehr © Britta Pedersen / dpa

Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht is pushing for a reform of the Bundeswehr’s often criticized procurement system.

Koblenz – “In many discussions with soldiers, it has become clear how important it is that something changes in the procurement system,” said the SPD politician on Tuesday during her first visit to the Bundeswehr Central Hospital in Koblenz.

“There are already first steps that are being taken, but we have to get even better, even more efficient.” For example, award procedures should be completed more quickly. “I think that as a former Minister of Justice I can make a contribution with my expertise that we are making significant progress there,” said Lambrecht.

She had already informed herself about this topic during a recent visit to the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use of the Bundeswehr, also in Koblenz. “I think that with relatively few pragmatic decisions, we can quickly achieve more flexibility and more options in the troops.” The aim must be that soldiers go to their missions “best equipped”. The procurement system of the armed forces is repeatedly criticized as sluggish and inefficient.

According to her spokesman, Lambrecht also wanted to inspect the Bundeswehr’s internal management center in Koblenz after visiting the Bundeswehr central hospital on Tuesday – without the media. This is an educational institution of the armed forces. (dpa)


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