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    German Army 30 Percent Underarmed – Bundeswehr Inspector

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    The German armed forces are 30 percent underequipped and will need years to bring their lacking arsenals up to speed, Lt. General Bruno Kasdorf, Inspector of the German Army, warned in a radio interview on Sunday.

    The Bundeswehr will need a lot of new arms and other military hardware in the coming decade, General Kasdorf  told Deutschlandfunk radio, adding that the country had neither the money nor production capacities to quickly rectify the situation.

    He also praised the government’s decision to ramp up the country’s defense budget.

    Bruno Kasdorf suggested handing the Bundeswehr’s extended peacekeeping mission in Kosovo over to another NATO partner.

    Admitting the presence of ”critical areas” in Kosovo, which required a continued NATO deployment there, he still underscored the need for a redistribution of peacekeeping duties in the region either within the NATO or EU framework.


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