Climate, critical infrastructure and security – GIDS expands its network in South America

As a follow up from the GIDS Alumni Conference on 25 September 2018 “Critical Infrastructures and Climate Change – Challenges for the Security Policy: South American Experiences as a Model for Germany?” several institutions of the Argentine armed forces invited the GIDS to a return visit to Buenos Aires.

Critical Infrastructures and Climate Change as Challenges for Security Policy

Climate change and protection of critical infrastructure have become two of the major strategic challenges for the security of states in recent years. This became apparent at the international conference of the German Institute for Defense and Strategic Studies (GIDS) at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College in Hamburg.

The Digitised Battlefield

The digitised battlefield—traditional military operations planned and conducted in an optimised manner with state-of-the-art digitised technology—is already a thing of the past. The digitised battlefield of today and particularly of tomorrow makes entirely new demands on the Bundeswehr and on society. Under the overarching topic of “Mission-Ready Forces”, a working group of the National General/Admiral Staff Officer Course at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College intensively investigated the effects of digitisation on the armed forces.



The German Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies—GIDS examines strategic issues from a security and defence policy perspective.


Scientific excellence and military expertise: The German Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies—GIDS is a cooperation project between the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College and the Helmut Schmidt Bundeswehr University in Hamburg.

Strategie Conference

Strategy—“Outside the Box”

What is strategy? What importance does strategy have in the different fields of politics, society and culture? Which influence does strategy have on decision-making processes? How can strategy be rationalised, operationalised and communicated? What can the Bundeswehr learn from this? The first conference of the German Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies—GIDS dealt with exactly these topics. Well-known experts presented their strategic concepts and spoke about current challenges in their fields of expertise …

Research Focus

The German Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies (GIDS) analyses strategic questions across a broad range of topics related to security policy. Interdisciplinarity, internationality and a diversity of methods form the basis of GIDS research.

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