NAfter an accumulation of events and a conspicuous accumulation of right-wing extremists in the association, the Bundeswehr Special Forces Command (KSK) is partially dissolved. The remaining rest of the special forces will be drastically reformed and will be under close observation until autumn. If the command as a whole and its remaining relatives do not act properly on the basis of the norms and values of the Basic Law by then, further steps are imminent. The dissolution and complete reorganization of the association remains an option, it said.
Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) informed the officials of the Defense Committee on Tuesday about the decisions that were taken after intensive consultation of a high-ranking military-civilian working group and a shortly scheduled visit by the Minister to the KSK site in Calw. Kramp-Karrenbauer had announced that he wanted to deal with the conditions in the KSK “with an iron broom”. A number of attempts, including that of the General Special Forces, had previously failed. Last Monday, the President of the Military Shield Service (MAD) spoke of a “wall of silence” that his authority came across in the search for right-wing extremists in command.
As a consequence of the apparently unsustainable situation, the 2nd company of the command is now completely dissolved. This affects a quarter of the association’s active fighters, around 70 soldiers. Investigations are already underway against numerous members of this company, which the screening service has been carrying out for some months using intelligence. Unpaid soldiers can be distributed to other companies after they have been checked. The others, some of whom are already undergoing official proceedings, will be transferred to other Bundeswehr units for the time being, and may be released later.
Training is decentralized
Decentralization of training is another measure the Ministry is taking. The Army Infantry School will be responsible for the training. The KSK thus loses training autonomy. In the future, members of the highly specialized unit will have to rotate into other troops to avoid isolation, and the residence times of the individual members of the command at the KSK will be reduced. During the training, the security check should be tightened and the character suitability in the sense of a favorable relationship to the Basic Law play a significantly larger role.
The process of reform is being monitored, as was learned in Berlin on Tuesday, expressly not by an army man, but by an officer from the Navy, who is affiliated with the coordination office for suspected extremist cases. Defense Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer first informed the officials of the Defense Committee about the measures on Tuesday, the details will be presented on Wednesday. It is still uncertain whether the acting commander will remain at the head of the association. What applies to the entire KSK applies to him: it is said that those who do not prove that they are part of the solution are part of the problem.