Planning Office of the Bundeswehr

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Planning Office of the Bundeswehr
- PlgABw -

Planning Office of the Federal Armed Forces
Lineup October 24, 2012
Country GermanyGermany Germany
Armed forces armed forces
Type Higher command authority
Strength over 400
Insinuation BMVg BMVg
Location Coat of arms of Berlin.svgBerlin , Oberspreestrasse 61L
Former locations DEU Bergisch Gladbach COA.svg Bergisch Gladbach

DEU Waldbroel COA.svg Waldbröl Strausberg
DEU Strausberg COA.svg

Web presence PlgABw
Head of office Major General
Wolfgang Gäbelein
Deputy Head of Office First director
Alexander Weis

The Planning Office of the Federal Armed Forces ( PlgABw ) is a higher command authority directly subordinate to the Federal Ministry of Defense , which is manned militarily and civilly.


The planning office is responsible for the non-ministerial part of the planning process. In this function, it brings together all planning steps in the subordinate area of ​​the ministry.

It works directly with the planning department in the Federal Ministry of Defense.

The planning office

  • bundles tasks, competence and responsibility in the planning network for the Bundeswehr at the level subordinate to the Federal Ministry of Defense
  • provides methodological competence and scientific tools for the Bundeswehr
  • is a hinge for multinational voting and German lobbying
  • develops the basis for the future direction of the Bundeswehr
  • manages the capability situation and develops the capabilities of the Bundeswehr
  • creates an important basis in the budget preparation process with the planning proposal


The PlgABw is divided into four departments in addition to the administration:

  • Department I Targeting and Innovation
  • Department II Skill Management
  • Department III planning implementation
  • Division IV Scientific Support and Interoperability

It also has a branch in Taufkirchen and a liaison office in Suffolk (Virginia) USA .


In 1958 it became clear that the armed forces' command was overloaded with the preparations for major NATO exercises. Therefore, this task was outsourced to the so-called "Staff A"; this was the hour of birth of the Center for Transformation of the Bundeswehr. It was soon renamed "Staff for NATO Exercises". The main task was derived from this name: the preparation and support of NATO staff exercises. With the expansion of the range of tasks, the Office for Studies and Exercises of the Bundeswehr ( AStudÜbBw ) was founded in 1975 . The location was the office building at Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 72 in Bergisch Gladbach . The tasks now also included the preparation of staff studies as a decision-making aid for the Federal Ministry of Defense and cooperation in operations research studies. On May 1, 1994, the office was moved to Waldbröl , where it moved into the office building at 3 Schaumburgweg. On February 1, 2002 the office was renamed the Center for Analyzes and Studies of the Bundeswehr ( ZASBw ).

Center for Transformation of the Bundeswehr

On July 1, 2004, it was renamed the Center for Transformation of the Bundeswehr ( ZTransfBw ). In 2006 the center moved from Waldbröl to Strausberg near Berlin in order to stay close to the political and military decision-makers in the new federal capital . It should be the task of a think tank ( " think tank exercise") of the Federal Ministry of Defense and was in charge of planning the transformation of the Bundeswehr in charge. It was subordinate to the Armed Forces Office and was part of the Armed Forces Base organizational area .

At the head of the center stood the commander , most recently Brigadier General Axel Binder . A controlling department worked directly on him. It was followed by the deputy commander and the chief of staff as well as the staff. The center was further divided into three departments: Department I dealt with the transformation of the Bundeswehr and comprised two cross-sectional areas, two areas and three departments . In addition, the coordinator for the Territorial Defense Administration was assigned to her. Department II was responsible for Concept Development & Experimentation (CD&E). You were subordinate to two areas and an independent department. The experimental development and implementation departments of Department II were based in Ottobrunn near Munich and in Schwielowsee near Potsdam , and were stationed at the Bundeswehr command and control command . Department III, also in Ottobrunn near Munich, was responsible for operations research as well as modeling and simulation . These two tasks also formed the two subordinate areas. Other parts of the center were located in Berlin and Suffolk in the US state of Virginia .

Planning Office of the Bundeswehr

In the course of the realignment of the Bundeswehr, the Center for Transformation of the Bundeswehr was renamed the Bundeswehr Planning Office on October 24, 2012, and was reclassified and relocated to Berlin. Formally it was reorganized. It was officially put into service by the then Inspector of the Armed Forces Base , Vice Admiral Manfred Nielson . It was initially subordinated to the Armed Forces Base Command and , as of July 1, 2013, directly to the BMVg. With this change of position, the command of the troops is now directly incumbent on the Inspector General of the Bundeswehr .

The property of the Bundeswehr Planning Office on Oberspreestrasse in Berlin-Niederschöneweide , Treptow-Köpenick district , was the headquarters of the National People's Army from 1972 to 1990 . The intelligence service of the GDR disguised the object as "Mathematics and Physics Institute of the NVA ".

coat of arms

Association badge 1965–2014

In the silver, red-rimmed shield float four black window diamonds touching in the middle. The arrangement of the diamond-shaped windows in the form of a cross symbolically establishes the connection to the Iron Cross of the Bundeswehr as well as to the compass rose of NATO . They also stand for the open mindset of the Bundeswehr Planning Office. With the silver background, it is based on the logo of the Bundeswehr.

The internal association badge , which was created in 1965, had a golden background until 2014. The top of the cross was covered by a floating red tournament collar with two bibs. The tournament collar stood for training, knowledge and experience. The colors black-red-gold highlighted the connection to Germany.

Heads of office

No. Rank Surname Beginning of the term of office Term expires
3 Major general Wolfgang Gäbelein June 28, 2019
2 Rear admiral Thomas Jugel May 1, 2015 June 28, 2019
1 Major general Frank Leidenberger October 24, 2012 May 1, 2015

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Key messages. In: Planning Office of the Bundeswehr. Bundeswehr, January 14, 2014, accessed June 19, 2014 .
  2. ZTransfBw. In: Bundeswehr location database ., accessed on April 22, 2020 .
  3. New planning office of the Bundeswehr put into service. Bundeswehr, October 25, 2012, accessed on June 19, 2014 .
  4. Planning Office is subordinate to the Federal Ministry of Defense ( Memento from July 17, 2013 in the Internet Archive ), from July 2, 2013
  5. ↑ Change of leadership in the planning office of the Bundeswehr. In: . Press and information staff at the BMVg, July 2, 2019, accessed on July 2, 2019 .
  6. Claire Hughes: Handover appeal in the planning office of the Bundeswehr. In: Planning Office of the Bundeswehr. Bundeswehr, April 30, 2016, accessed on May 6, 2015 .

Coordinates: 52 ° 26 '55.9 "  N , 13 ° 33' 4.5"  E