Cyber ​​and information space

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Cyber ​​and information space

Logo of the cyber and information space
Lineup 5th April 2017
Country GermanyGermany Germany
Armed forces Bundeswehr Kreuz.svg armed forces
Type Military organizational area
structure InternesVerbandsabzeichenKdoCIR.png Command cyber and information space
KdoStrat Aufkl.svg Strategic Reconnaissance Command
Coat of arms command information technology of the Bundeswehr.svg Information technology command of the Bundeswehr
AGeoBw.jpg Center for Geoinformation of the Bundeswehr
Strength Active soldiers : 13,439 (July 2020) of
which women: 1,305
march Cyber ​​March (Sebastian Middel, May 2017)
Cyber ​​and information space inspector Lieutenant General Ludwig Leinhos
Deputy Inspector Cyber ​​and Information Space Major General Jürgen Setzer

The Bundeswehr's cyber and information space ( CIR ) was set up on April 5, 2017 as an independent military organizational area, but is not a branch of the armed forces .



  • ensures the protection and operation of the Bundeswehr's IT system , both domestically and in action (continuous deployment)
  • strengthens the skills for education and effectiveness in the cyber and information space and develops them further
  • supports all other areas of the armed forces with their mission fulfillment with the geographic information system of the armed forces
  • through exchange and cooperation with the other institutions, contributes to a nationwide security provision in a digitized environment
  • strengthens the cyber security architecture.

Military branches in cyber and information space

With the change of parts of the armed forces based on cyber and information space they were branch has taken:

Subordinate forces

The Cyber ​​and Information Space Command in Bonn, as a higher command authority , leads the Strategic Reconnaissance Command (KdoStrat Aufkl) in Gelsdorf and the Bundeswehr Information Technology Command (KdoITBw) in Bonn and the Bundeswehr Geographic Information Center (ZGeoBw) in Euskirchen .

See also the structure of the Cyber ​​and Information Space Command


With her order of the day of September 17, 2015, the Federal Minister of Defense , Ursula von der Leyen , announced the establishment of the new military organizational area. In November 2015, the CIR development team was set up in the Federal Ministry of Defense. He was commissioned to rethink the organization of responsibility, competencies and tasks in the area of ​​cyber and information space for the Bundeswehr. The final report was prepared in April 2016. He recommended the following basic organizational measures:

  • Establishment of a Cyber ​​/ IT department (CIT) in the Federal Ministry of Defense (BMVg) on ​​October 1, 2016 (basic qualification)
  • Establishment of a military organizational area for the cyber and information space with an inspector at the top as of April 1, 2017 (initial qualification)

After the establishment of the Cyber ​​and Information Technology (CIT) department in the Federal Ministry of Defense on October 5, 2016 in Berlin , responsibility for cyber and IT was pooled there.

On October 14, 2016, Federal Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) appointed the then head of the cyber and information space (CIR) development team, Major General Ludwig Leinhos , as the future inspector of the new organizational area CIR. Brigadier General Michael Vetter was appointed Deputy Inspector CIR and Chief of Staff of the KdoCIR .

On April 5, 2017, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen officially put the cyber and information room command in Bonn into service with a roll call. In addition, she gave Lieutenant General Ludwig Leinhos responsibility for command. The new military organizational unit, CIR, began its work in order to gradually achieve full operational readiness by 2021.

With a solemn appeal on June 30, 2017, the capability commands that had previously been part of the armed forces base , the strategic reconnaissance command and the information technology command of the Bundeswehr , were integrated into the military organizational area CIR.


Beret badge

In the cyber and information room, all soldiers uniformly wear a dark blue beret with the new beret badge / troop badge CIR.

Cyber ​​Research Center (University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich)

The Bundeswehr is investing € 160 million in building a cyber research center at the University of the Bundeswehr in Neubiberg near Munich . Research will be based on five pillars: cyber defense, smart data, mobile security, e-health and the protection of critical infrastructures . The first year of the new “Cyber ​​Security” master’s course will begin in 2018 with an initially expected 70 students.

13 new professorships were created, of which eleven new W3 professorships were advertised in the summer of 2016. The newly hired professors will then be supported by 67 academic staff, technicians and administrative employees. There are also around 200 third-party researchers .

A new building with more than 7,000 square meters is currently being built in which laboratories for cyber security will be set up, including for digital forensics, malware analysis and cyber situation reports. In addition, the capacities of the student dormitories are being expanded.

The nucleus of the new cyber research center is the existing “Research Institute Cyber ​​Defense and Smart Data” (CODE), which bundles the innovation skills of research institutions, companies and providers as well as civil and military cyber security.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Federal Ministry of Defense: Bundeswehr personnel figures . August 2020, accessed on August 31, 2020 (as of July 2020).
  2. Final report of the building staff for the Cyber ​​and Information Room Command. (PDF; 776 kB) April 26, 2016, accessed April 27, 2016 .
  3. Mission: Cyber ​​Defense. Federal Ministry of Defense, April 26, 2016, accessed on April 27, 2016 .
  4. First Cyber ​​Inspector nominated for the Bundeswehr. Federal Ministry of Defense, October 14, 2016, accessed on October 16, 2016 .
  5. Bundeswehr starts new cyber command. In: Zeit Online. April 5, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2017 .
  6. How far can German cyber warriors go? In: Spiegel Online. April 5, 2017, accessed on April 5, 2017 : "The head of the cyber command, General Ludwig Leinhos, said shortly before the official start that in the first nine weeks of the year alone, the Bundeswehr computers had been targeted by cyber attacks more than 284,000 times."
  7. ^ Establishment of the CIR Command: A milestone in German security and defense policy. BMVg Press and Information Office, April 6, 2017, accessed on April 6, 2017 .
  8. Sebastian Wanninger: Merging what belongs together - change of position in the cyber and information space. Bundeswehr, June 30, 2017, accessed July 4, 2017 .
  9. Jörg Sauerwein: The Bundeswehr's new cyber army celebrates its official starting shot. WDR, June 30, 2017, accessed July 4, 2017 .
  10. Cyber ​​Research Center. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on August 3, 2017 ; Retrieved August 3, 2017 .
  11. ^ Anja Reiter: Bundeswehr University: Campus for Cyber ​​Warriors | ZEIT campus . In: The time . August 2, 2017, ISSN  0044-2070 ( [accessed on August 3, 2017]).
  12. University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich (ed.): Statutes of the Research Institute Cyber ​​Defense and Smart Data of the University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich . Munich 2017.