Rudiger Wolf

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Rüdiger Wolf (born November 19, 1951 in Lehrberg ) is a German political official . From 2008 to 2013 he was one of the two permanent state secretaries in the Federal Ministry of Defense .

Life and education

After graduating from the Goetheschule Wetzlar in 1971 , Wolf did two years of military service and resigned as first lieutenant in the reserve. From 1972 to 1977 he studied law in Giessen and Freiburg , which he completed in 1977 with the first state examination and in 1980 with the second state examination.

Professional activities

Wolf worked as a lawyer in Wetzlar from 1980 to 1982 . He began his civil service career in 1982 in the Bundeswehr administration. From 1988 he held various advisory and department head functions in the Federal Ministry of Defense. He was u. a. Parliamentary and Cabinet Affairs Officer and Head of Unit in the Budget Department. From 2002 to 2007 he was finally head of the budget department. a. Permanent State Secretary responsible for budget and armaments matters in the Federal Ministry of Defense.

A grand coalition ruled from 2005 to 2009 ( Merkel I cabinet with Franz Josef Jung as defense minister); from 2009 to 2013 a black-yellow coalition ( Merkel II cabinet ; Minister of Defense until March 3, 2011: Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg , then Thomas de Maizière ).

Wolf was dismissed as State Secretary by Ursula von der Leyen on December 18, 2013 , who had taken up her post as Defense Minister in the Merkel III cabinet the day before .

In February 2014 it became known that Wolf and Stéphane Beemelmans, as State Secretaries, approved a compensation payment to the turbine manufacturer MTU in the amount of 55 million euros from the reduction in Eurofighter orders at the end of December 2013 , without de Maizière and without the budget committee of the Bundestag in accordance with the regulations to inform. Although this had not yet been reinstated after the federal election , the main committee, which was set up temporarily, was not informed . One possible reason cited was that the cheap deal should definitely be completed in 2013.


Rüdiger Wolf is married, has three children and lives in the Euskirchen district .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Christoph Hickmann: Ministers take on new departments: "Water ballet in the shark basin". In: July 1, 2014, accessed April 27, 2016 .
  2. Matthias Gebauer: Armaments project "Eurofighter": Ministry of Defense released millions without a Bundestag vote. Spiegel Online , February 19, 2014, accessed February 19, 2014 .