What was War Plan Black?

Introduction One of the United States colour-coded war plans, War Plan Black was the name of an American military plan to fight Germany in the early 20th century. Background The best-known version was conceived as a contingency plan during World War I in case France fell and the Germans attempted to seize French possessions in… Read More

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Officer Quality & Military Cohesion…

“Certainly a main factor in the cohesion of the primary group in the German Army, namely the company, was the sense of responsibility, performance of duty, and willingness to take combat risks demonstrated by German officers. The data on the readiness of the officers and upper classes to die in battle support this assertion. The… Read More

Military Personnel: Is There a Difference in Vaccination Rates between Standard, Indication & Seasonal Vaccinations?

Research Paper Title Vaccination coverage rates of military personnel worldwide: a systematic review of the literature. Background Due to the professionally specific risk of infection in the armed forces, recommendations for vaccination are usually adapted for soldiers and are subject to special regulations. Little data is available on scientifically measured vaccination coverage of soldiers. Methods… Read More

Suicide Prevention Projects for German Military Service Personnel

Research Paper Title German research perspectives on suicidality and the rationale for future multinational suicide prevention projects among military service personnel. Abstract As a result of scientific publications indicating that the last two decades have seen an increase in the number of suicides in the US Armed Forces, the topic of suicide in the military… Read More

War & the State…

“Without war no State could be. All those we know of arose through war, and the protection of their members by armed force remains their primary and essential task. War, therefore, will endure to the end of history, as long as there is a multiplicity of states.” Heinrich von Treitschke (1834 to 196) Heinrich von… Read More

Displaying Leadership…

“Be an example to your men, in your duty and in private life. Never spare yourself, and let the troops see that you don’t in your endurance of fatigue and privation. Always be tactful and well-mannered and teach your subordinates to do the same. Avoid excessive sharpness or harshness of voice, which usually indicates the… Read More

Killer Robots! Germany Crosses a Threshold

Until the 13 June 2018, Germany was the only big Western country not to buy “killer robots”. On this day the German Bundestag committee voted to approve the spending of nearly €1bn ($1.1bn) to lease from Israel five drones which can be equipped with deadly weapons. Unlike the US, Germany’s drones are described as weaponisable not weaponised. A… Read More