The German Armed Forces, the Bundeswehr, plan to enlist foreigners for highly specialized roles, like doctors and cyber security experts. Der Spiegel unveiled a report
The German Armed Forces, the Bundeswehr, plan to enlist foreigners for highly specialized roles, like doctors and cyber security experts. General Eberhard Zorn, the chief of defense, said the military is considering enlisting foreign nationals. “In times of skilled labor shortage, we have to look in all directions,” he said in an interview with the Funke Media group. Berlin, according to report by Der Spiegel, plans to recruit citizens of other European Union between the ages of 18 and 40 in a variety of roles. Good candidates would be the foreign EU nationals alrealy leaving n Germany. For example the nearly two million Italians, Polish and Romanians. A spokesman for the Ministry of Defense would not comment on the authenticity of the report, but said that any plans under consideration were limited to highly trained recruits for clearly defined roles.
Threats to Germany from cyberspace are growing, and the Bundeswehr lack in specialist. So, the best and cheapest alternative is to train internal experts and in the meantime enlist foreign nationals
The German Armed Forces have about 180,000 elements, but the government has committed to expanding the military in the next few years. Expecially, immitting elements in specialized roles as cyber security experts. Threats from cyberspace are growing, both from cybercrime and state-sponsored hackers. Berlin has already put in placesmany measures, but the Bundeswehr lacks of specialists and forming new ones requires a lot of time. Time that the EU country doesn’t have. Germany, in fact, has to lock its defences against the new cyber threats as soon as possibile. Hire experts it’s too expensive and it doesen’t guarantee that these won’t leave with a better job offer. So the best alternative is to train internal specialists and in the meantime enlist foreign nationals. Which, obviously, must already have lived in Germany for several years and speak fluent German.