New Secretary of Defense receives certificate of appointment

Boris Pistorius (right), the new Federal Minister of Defence, and Christine Lambrecht, the resigned Federal Minister of Defence, stand side by side at Bellevue Palace.


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dusseldorf Many readers describe him as beaten Defense Secretary Christine Lambrecht resigns. One reason given by a reader is that he was never passionate about his position. Adds another: “As a reserve officer, I can confirm that for many years the troops have suffered under the leadership of politicians who don’t really delve into the concerns of the armed forces incorporated or even wanted to incorporate”.

But there are also letters that are not so harsh with the Defense Minister: “Mrs Lambrecht comes to the conclusion that more and more politicians are missing, that is, take responsibility and resign”, writes a reader and pays tribute to her for it. Another reader asks: “Does it really depend on Ms. Lambrecht, who cut a fine figure in all the other ministerial posts she previously held?” He suspects that she is partly to blame. armed forces itself, the administration of the Bundeswehr is embedded.

On Tuesday morning we also ask Handelsblatt readers what successor would have to do better. At this point it was not yet clear that would be the former Minister of the Interior of Lower Saxony, Boris Pistorius.

In any case, many see the main challenge in moving the Bundeswehr forward. This must be transformed into a “mighty, well-equipped, rapidly deployable force” that will be an asset to the NATO be, says one reader. Better supplies for the Bundeswehr and a revised procurement system are also mentioned.

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Another reader would be happy “if you name a personality as the new Minister of Defense who finds acceptance in the troops and also internationally.” A closeness and a permanent exchange with the people of the Bundeswehr are indispensable. So there is “much to do”, as summed up by one reader.

We have prepared for you a selection of letters from Handelsblatt readers.

Overdue and urgently needed

“Ms. Lambrecht’s resignation was overdue and urgently needed.

As a reserve officer, I can confirm that for many years the troops have suffered under the leadership of politicians who have not really become familiar with, or even wanted to become familiar with, the Bundeswehr.

The federal government should use the current resignation in an acute security crisis for Europe as an opportunity to establish competence and the will for positive change as essential criteria for the leadership of the Ministry of Defense. Even if the desire for an experienced security politician, such as a former general, Germany unfortunately unrealistic, there is still a need for a leader who wants and can shape the future of the Bundeswehr in the long term.”
Markus Goller

Does the Bundeswehr have a completely different problem?

“Is it really because of Mrs. Lambrecht, who has done well in all the other ministerial posts she has held before? Or does the Bundeswehr have a completely different problem?

The Bundeswehr administration, especially the procurement office, seems to be so embedded that it manages itself rather than providing the troops with the equipment they actually need for their missions.

A successor to Lambrecht would have to be competent and assertive enough to break through these structures. It seems doubtful to me whether anyone with these abilities will be found.”
Jürgen Bohne

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respect for this

“Ms. Lambrecht comes to the conclusion that more and more politics is missing, that is, taking responsibility and giving up respect for this.

A successor must be strong enough, regardless of gender. The troops must finally be seriously modernized, which can only be done by someone with the right political muscle. For a long time!”
Uwe K Franz

the tragedy is over

“My opinion on five central theses on the subject of Lambrecht or succession:

Lambrecht’s resignation was long overdue and ended a far more than shameful tragedy that had already begun under Frau von der Leyen.

In principle, I think the idea of ​​a Defense Minister is welcome, but it definitely should have worked. You can’t do this job properly if you weren’t a soldier.

In my opinion, Lambrecht’s successor should pursue five main objectives, in order of priority: 1. Provide the troops with the essentials as quickly as possible, that is, the best possible personal equipment, such as boots, gloves, helmets, clothing protection and protection against splinters. ; 2. the establishment of a time-adjusted plan to re-equip all arms branches with sufficient ammunition; 3. Restore basic weapon systems, such as main battle tanks, helicopters, planes, and frigates, as quickly as possible; 4. The acquisition of a robust and absolutely reliable assault rifle for the troops, which can be used in the long term, without ‘ideological’ blinders; 5. The creation of a not too large, but highly professional, highly motivated and technically well-equipped Bundeswehr, which should once again fully concentrate on its main task, namely national defense.

On the other hand, the Bundeswehr should no longer be involved in meaningless international missions that are in no way effective, as was the case in Afghanistan, for example.

Finally, it seems to me that the reintroduction of conscription, which is very clearly defined in terms of time and content, in parallel with the highly professional professional army mentioned above, with the possibility of a smooth transition from conscript to professional. soldier, it seems worth considering.
Sven Petran

successor demands

“Good factual work and more diplomatic efforts to build peace are important. Without warmongering, caution when handing over weapons, etc. Only diplomacy can stop Putin too.”
Gerhard Rohde

No passion for the position.

“The resignation was overdue. Ms. Lambrecht was never passionate about this position. The need for the military and defense was S.P.D. internally denied for a long time. Also this idea is for the S.P.D. painful. Dreams are one side, reality is another.
Wittchen Ferry

There’s too much to do for the next person

“Lambrecht’s resignation was more than appropriate, it took a long time to wait.

His successor must primarily have a qualification in the field of the Federal Armed Forces and above all endurance. Not an easy task, since the Bundeswehr has also been bankrupt for decades, and people in Germany promote a connection to it, it is almost embarrassing or at least superfluous to have a Bundeswehr in the country. How grotesque, it turns out now, and how embarrassing, nothing works, and a bureaucratic apparatus that makes even the purchase of a pencil an odyssey of forms.

There is a lot to do for the person who follows, I wish them strength and, above all, that they know what to do”.
iris zessner

Getting into traps unnecessarily

“Given the bleak image Ms. Lambrecht presented as Secretary of Defense, her resignation was correct and reasonable, although little about her behavior was truly scandalous. Her unnecessary faux pas and the public uproar about it made it almost impossible to solve the real problems: transforming the Bundeswehr into a well-equipped, rapidly deployable and powerful force that would be an asset to the NATO and a real deterrent to megalomaniac dictators.

Another important task for Ms Lambrecht’s successor must also be closer procurement coordination with European and NATO allies to make materiel acquisition and maintenance more cost-effective. This also applies to IT and communication systems, as well as cyber defense.”
roland stamm

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the right move

“Any ministerial position must exude leadership, determination and experience, qualities Lambrecht lacked during his brief tenure.

His successor must radiate these qualities more convincingly. It is also about reviving the lost transparency of the Ministry of Defense. More than ever, these qualities are in demand in the Ukraine, the German Armed Forces, etc., to find solutions to the dilemma.

Ms. Lambrecht’s resignation was therefore the right step to set an internal and external example for reflection, recognition and possible progress.”
Lucia Masia

Thinking in the future

“Going forward, that’s all that counts: I would be delighted if someone who was accepted by the troops and internationally was appointed as the new Secretary of Defense.

As with a business, the top employer must understand something of the subject and be able to feel the pulse of the troops. For this, closeness and permanent exchange with the people of the Bundeswehr would be essential.

In the past, the Bundeswehr and Germany clearly received very little of around 40 billion euros per year.

I would like passion for the responsible task”.
Hans Peter Brause

All not country people

“Ms. Lambrecht was ‘shot’ as a scapegoat. She has yet to show whether a Home Secretary can do better. All not country people.
But why not finally a professional? The Bundeswehr would certainly have a choice between them, and at least they would know where the problem lies.”
Inge Grassel

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