That was why we had the fucking idiot Wesley Clark in command of the Kosovo War!
Colonel, this has to be the most accurate, pithy and outstanding statement you have ever posted on the WAB!!!
"The genius of you Americans is that you make no clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them we are missing." - Gamal Abdel Nasser
Realistically, what people bemoaned more about Schröder's government afterwards was:
a) the anti-social reform of welfare in Germany and
b) handing out immigration visa to pretty much everyone in the former Soviet Union who claimed to be ethnic German.
Then again - they voted for him, their own fault. I didn't.
Declassified planned organization for CIR by next year btw (planned for April 1st):
Army-level command with two divisions under "Operations Department". Strategic Reconnaissance Command gets "effect and reconnaissance" domains, IT Command gets "command and support" domains. Units at the bottom-most layer are battalion-sized.
The University of the Bundeswehr at Munich is currently expanding with a new department for cyber security and related research, planned with 11 chairs; their previous cyber defense center did not belong to a particular department. A few dozen million invested for buildings alone, start of a new cyber security officer course is planned for 2018.
Squadron function is to support the 1st Flotilla at sea, i.e. the littoral forces consisting of 5 (future probably 10) corvettes, 10 MCM vessels and 6 submarines plus to provide "hosting" vessels for CIR ELINT forces and maintain the Baltic Sea ports of the Navy (Kiel, Rostock, Eckernförde). The flotilla also has the naval infantry under its command.
The squadron currently and in the near future shoulders Operation Sophia for the German Navy, i.e. the sea rescue operation of refugees in the Mediterranean. The three tenders of the squadron based at Kiel will alternate on deployment for this mission having started last November, i.e. with the next rotation after the establishing of the quadron.
The German Air Force will expand its planned A400M force from 40 aircraft to 53 aircraft.
Not because they want to though. But because we aren't finding anyone who wants to buy them from us (... at factory price). The aircraft will be stationed in a separate squadron at Lechfeld in the southwest of Bavaria; the Air Force has been in talks with Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic about a possible joint use of the aircraft (or them leasing them from us) but nothing in this regard has come to pass so far.
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