Military Preparedness in Germany
Germany's military is in such a poor state it cannot currently live up to all its Nato commitments, the country's defence minister admitted on Sunday, warning it could take years to overcome equipment problems.As an ally, apparently Germany cannot be relied upon. The Germans will likely show up late without the proper equipment.
Ursula von der Leyen said in an interview that the Bundeswehr could not meet all of its pledges in responding to crises.
"With the airborne systems we are, at the moment, below the target figures announced a year ago on what we want to put at the disposal of Nato within 180 days in the case of an emergency," she told Bild am Sonntag.
Supply shortfalls on replacement parts for aircraft and the breakdown of naval helicopters are behind the problem, she said.