|Armed Forces Staff in MOD Gemeny|
|Führungsstab der Streitkräfte (Fü S) im BMVg|
Formation sign of the Fü S
|Active||November 1955-October 2012|
|Type||Dept. of Inspector General of the Bundeswehr|
|Location||Hardthöhe, Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia|
The Armed Forces Staff, in the meaning of General staff, of the German Bundeswehr (German: Führungsstab der Streitkräfte - Fü S; literal: Command staff of the armed forces) was the central department of the Federal Ministry of Defence (MOD) in direct subordination to the Inspector General of the Bundeswehr (en: Chief of Staff of the Federal Armed Forces) and one of the five staff headquarters in the military command of the German Bundeswehr.
The Armed Forces Staff was thus at the same time a supreme military command authority and the top level ministerial staff organisation, authorised, mandated and competent to overall military defence planning, basics and concepts of military policy, planning of operational command and control, as well as to plans a policy of personnel education and training.
In 2012, there existed in MOD Germany supreme military command authority as follows:
Parts of these top-level MOD staff authorities were merged in order to establish the new high command authorities of the German Bundeswehr as follow:
In line to the new Bundeswehr command structure, the remaining staff elements were used to form on MOD level:
After World War II 1945 and in accordance with the Potsdam Agreement the establishment of autonomous German armed forces, including headquarters on general staff level, were forbidden. However, in line to the re-armament from Mai 5, 1955, in the new established Bundeswehr the designation Generalstab (general staff) was not more used, thus there existed tasks and missions on general staff level. This was the reason to establish the Armed Forces Staff as top level command organization in MOD Germany.
The Armed Forces Staff received tasks and orders direct from the Inspector General of the Bundeswehr. In addition, it was within its responsibility to handle command and control specific affairs, related to the Armed forces basic. This characterised the Armed Forces Staff as supreme military command authority.
The Inspector General of the Bundeswehr (German: Generalinspekteur der Bundeswehr, GenInspBw), a four-star rank (general or admiral), commanded the Armed Forces Staff. The Chief of Staff coordinated the staff work. According to the so-called Bundeswehr planning he was authorised to issue directives to the Inspectors General of the services Army, Air Force, and Navy, as well as to Inspector of the Joint Support Service Staff and Medical Service Staff.
June 1, 2003, the Armed Forces Staff and Joint Support Service Staff' were combined to a common staff authority of MOD Germany.
The Armed Forces Staff consisted of seven staff divisions (7 Stabsabteilungen) with a total number of 42 branches (42 Referate).
|N°||Rank name||Time in office|
|25||Generalmajor Peter Bohrer||July 1, 2010||March 31, 2012|
|24||Konteradmiral Manfred Nielson||February 21, 2008||July 1, 2010|
|23||Generalmajor Manfred Engelhardt||April 20, 2006||February 20, 2008|
|22||Konteradmiral Wolfram Kühn||February 12, 2004||April 20, 2006|
|21||Generalmajor Egon Ramms||October 1, 2000||February 12, 2004|
|20||Konteradmiral Jörg Auer||October 1, 1999||September 30, 2000|
|19||Generalmajor Hartmut Moede||October 1, 1997||September 30, 1999|
|18||Generalmajor Benno Ertmann||December 16, 1994||September 29, 1997|
|17||Konteradmiral Hans Frank||April 1, 1992||December 15, 1994|
|16||Generalmajor Peter Haarhaus||October 1, 1989||Märch 31, 1992|
|15||Generalmajor Dr. Jürgen Schnell||1. October 1, 1987||September 30, 1989|
|14||Generalmajor Siegfried Storbeck||October 1, 1986||September 30, 1987|
|13||Konteradmiral Klaus Rehder||April 1, 1983||September 30, 1986|
|12||Konteradmiral Rudolf Arendt||April 1, 1980||March 31, 1983|
|11||Konteradmiral Helmut Kampe||January 10, 1977||March 31, 1980|
|10||Generalmajor Lothar Domröse||October 1, 1975||January 9, 1977|
|9||Generalmajor Ernst-Dieter Bernhard||April 1, 1973||September 30, 1975|
|8||Generalmajor Harald Wust||May 1, 1971||March 31, 1974|
|7||Generalmajor Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven||April 1, 1971||April 30, 1971|
|6||Konteradmiral Günter Reeder||October 1, 1968||March 31, 1971|
|5||Konteradmiral Albrecht Obermaier||April 1, 1967||September 30, 1968|
|4||Generalmajor Herbert Büchs||July 1, 1964||March 31, 1967|
|3||Generalmajor Gustav-Adolf Kuntzen||October 1, 1962||June 30, 1964|
|2||Generalmajor Albert Schnez||April 1, 1960||September 30, 1962|
|1||Generalmajor Werner Panitzki||January 10, 1958||March 31, 1960|