Strategic Reconnaissance Command

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Strategic Reconnaissance Command
- KdoStrat Aufkl -

Wappen Kommando Strategic Reconnaissance

Internal association badge
Lineup January 17, 2002
Country GermanyGermany Germany
Armed forces Bundeswehr Kreuz.svg armed forces
Organizational area Bundeswehr Kreuz.svg Cyber ​​and information space
Branch of service Telecommunication troops EloKa
Type Skill Command
Strength approx. 5500 soldiers
approx. 500 civilian employees
Insinuation coat of arms KdoCIR
Location DEU Grafschaft (Rhineland) COA.svg County - Gelsdorf , Philipp-Freiherr-von-Boeselager barracks
Web presence KdoStrat Aufkl
commander Major General Axel Binder
Deputy Commander and Commander EloKa Troop Brigadier General Dag Baehr

The Strategic Reconnaissance Command ( KdoStrat Aufkl or KSA ) in Grafschaft - Gelsdorf is the Bundeswehr's capability command for military intelligence .


The command supports the coverage of the Bundeswehr's information needs with a focus on the tactical level during operations and contributes to early crisis detection. The range of tasks and capabilities of the command includes “ satellite-based imaging reconnaissance”, “ telecommunications and electronic reconnaissance ”, “ electronic warfare ”, the area of ​​“object analysis” and “ operational communication ”. The command works closely with the Federal Intelligence Service . It is responsible for the joint armed forces development of the military communications system, including course-related training.


The command was put into service on January 17, 2002. It bundled all the forces and resources of military reconnaissance that had previously been located in the various branches of the armed forces .

On December 31, 2007, the Bundeswehr Intelligence Center (ZNBw) was dissolved. Until then, it was the core element of the Bundeswehr's military intelligence alongside the Strategic Reconnaissance Command. Central situation processing during operations and basic operations was transferred from the ZNBw to the Federal Intelligence Service in the course of 2007. The remaining tasks have since been taken over by the KdoStrat Aufkl.

The Computer Network Operations (CNO) group has been in command since December 2006. The ability has been transferred to the Cyber ​​Operations Center, which was set up on April 1, 2018 .

On April 1, 2017, the command changed from the military organizational area Armed Forces Base to the new military organizational area cyber and information space .


The command is stationed in the Philipp-Freiherr-von-Boeselager barracks . On October 7, 2009 the property was named by the then Federal Minister of Defense , Franz Josef Jung , after the Wehrmacht officer and resistance fighter against National Socialism . The ceremony was attended by the namesake's widow, Rosa Maria Freifrau von Boeselager.

In September 1990, construction of a protective structure costing 200 million DM began for the Bundeswehr intelligence office, which was then stationed in the barracks . The bunker is 36 m deep, has 5000 m² of floor space and seven floors. 240,000 m³ of soil were excavated. In 1996 the first soldiers were able to move into the protective structure, the rest followed until 2000.


The Strategic Reconnaissance Command has been subordinate to the Cyber ​​and Information Space Command since July 1, 2017 . The following are subordinate to the Strategic Reconnaissance Command:


No. Rank Surname Beginning of the appointment End of appointment
5 Major general Axel Binder 0January 1, 2016 -
4th Major general Jürgen Setzer 0October 1, 2012 01st December 2015
3 Brigadier General Thomas Berghoff 0March 1, 2010 September 30, 2012
2 Brigadier General Friedrich-Wilhelm Kriesel 0December 1, 2004 February 28, 2010
1 Brigadier General Kurt Herrmann 0January 1, 2002 November 30, 2004

coat of arms

The coat of arms of the Strategic Reconnaissance Command symbolizes its affiliation to the armed forces base with its coloring and stylistic elements, points to the roots and basic function of the telecommunications force, integrates elements of the entire reconnaissance spectrum and, through the overall representation, underlines the importance of the Strategic Reconnaissance Command for all of the forces.

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Association badge

Army uniform wearers of the KdoStrat Aufkl and in the subordinate departments wear the association badge of the KdoStrat Aufkl on their left upper sleeve. The federal eagle is backed in black, red and gold on a golden central shield . This design was chosen for the coats of arms of many central military agencies. The coat of arms has a silver-black braided border. This usually identifies command authorities. The coat of arms has a golden yellow background ( reference : RAL 1032 broom yellow). The color generally stands for reconnaissance forces in the Bundeswehr.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Personnel changes in top military and civilian positions - January 2016. Bundeswehr, January 28, 2016, accessed on January 29, 2016 .
  2. a b Alexander Szendar: Strategic Enlightenment - Bundeswehr eavesdropping on the world. In: . September 1, 2008, accessed October 16, 2019 .
  3. Federal Ministry of Defense: Jung gives Bundeswehr property a new name ( Memento from October 11, 2009 in the Internet Archive ). October 8, 2009.
  4. Günther Schmitt: Gigantic pyramid made from excavated earth - When Cheops greeted the county. In: General-Anzeiger (Bonn). March 15, 2014, accessed October 16, 2019 .
  5. SKB: Y. 02/2013 - Our ear to the enemy ( Memento from February 19, 2013 in the Internet Archive ).
  6. Sebastian Wanninger: On the Net. (PDF) In: current. Bundeswehr, April 3, 2017, pp. 2–3 , accessed on October 2, 2018 .
  7. ^ Fritz Kessel: Cyber ​​Operations Center officially put into service. Bundeswehr, April 19, 2018, accessed on October 2, 2018 .
  8. KSA - About us. In: . June 27, 2018, accessed October 16, 2019 .
  9. Suit regulations for soldiers in the Bundeswehr. (PDF) In: . Inner Guidance Center , October 1, 2019 (p. 144).;

Coordinates: 50 ° 34 ′ 6 ″  N , 7 ° 2 ′ 10 ″  E