Cyber and Information Domain Service (Germany)

The Cyber and Information Domain Service (German: Cyber- und Informationsraum; CIR) is the youngest branch of Germany's military the Bundeswehr. The decision to form a new military branch was presented by Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen on 26 April 2016, becoming operational on 1 April 2017. The headquarter of the Cyber and Information Domain Service is Bonn.[3]

Cyber and Information Domain Service
Cyber- und Informationsraum
Insignia
Active2017–present
Country Federal Republic of Germany
TypeElectronic Warfare
Size13,133 (30 June 2019)[1]
Garrison/HQBonn
MarchCyber-March[2]
Anniversaries1 April 2017
Websitehttp://cir.bundeswehr.de/portal/a/cir/start
Commanders
Commander and Chief of the Cyber and Information Domain ServiceLieutenant General Ludwig Leinhos

History

In November 2015 the German Ministry of Defense activated a Staff Group within the ministry tasked with developing plans for a reorganization of the Cyber, IT, military intelligence, geo-information, and operative communication units of the Bundeswehr.

On 26 April 2016 Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen presented the plans for the new military branch to the public and on 5 October 2016 the command's staff became operational as a department within the ministry of defense. On 1 April 2017 the Cyber and Information Domain Service was activated as the 6th branch of the Bundeswehr. The Cyber and Information Domain Service Headquarters will take command of all existing Cyber, IT, military intelligence, geo-information, and operative communication units. The Command is planned to be fully operational by 2021.[4]

Organisation

The CIDS is commanded by the Chief of the Cyber and Information Domain Service (German: Inspekteur des Cyber- und Informationsraum) (InspCIR), a three-star general position, based in Bonn.[5]

  • Chief CIDS and Commander CIDS HQ
    • Deputy Commander CIDS HQ and Chief of Staff
      • Command Staff
      • Operations Staff
      • Planning Staff
    • Strategic Reconnaissance Command, in Gelsdorf
      • 911th Electronic Warfare Battalion
      • 912th Electronic Warfare Battalion, mans the Oste-class SIGINT/ELINT and reconnaissance ships
      • 931st Electronic Warfare Battalion
      • 932nd Electronic Warfare Battalion, provides airborne troops for operations in enemy territory
      • Bundeswehr Strategic Reconnaissance School
      • Bundeswehr Operational Communications Center
      • Cyber-Operations Center
      • Electronic Warfare Analysis Center
      • Central Imaging Reconnaissance, operating the SAR-Lupe satellites
      • Central Bundeswehr Investigation Authority for Technical Reconnaissance
    • Bundeswehr Geographical Information Center, in Euskirchen
    • Information Technology Command, in Bonn
      • Bundeswehr IT Operations Center
      • Bundeswehr Information Technology School
      • 281st Information Technology Battalion
      • 282nd Information Technology Battalion
      • 292nd Information Technology Battalion
      • 293rd Information Technology Battalion
      • 381st Information Technology Battalion
      • 383rd Information Technology Battalion
      • Bundeswehr Cyber-Security Center
      • Bundeswehr Software Competence Center

References

  1. "Die Stärke der Streitkräfte [Personnel strength of German Armed Forces]". 16 July 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  2. "Der Cyber-Marsch" (in German). 2017-04-11. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  3. http://cir.bundeswehr.de/portal/a/cir/start (in German) Cyber and Information Domain Service Headquarters
  4. http://www.marshallcenter.org/mcpublicweb/de/nav-main-news-de/62-cat-english-en/cat-gcmc-pao-en/cat-gcmc-pao-news-en/2326-art-news-1-02-jan-18-en.html GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, GERMANY (Dec. 28, 2017) – Bundeswehr Lt. Gen. Ludwig Leinhos, commander and chief of Germany’s newly founded Cyber and Information Domain Service, talks about how digitalization is a game changer
  5. http://cir.bundeswehr.de/resource/resource/YjR0QzY3aWZvTE4yUHd5Vk55eFhUZFo5dGh3aGZlRTE1VnNvSDFHRnNjUFVxa1l1S3hITWlWRFlRM3ZUSUVjM0NxYXNjck1BVG1RdFBZdWlqNTZ2d3lVY2N0TzRuOE9zakR5STNzcklUTWs9/Flyer_CIR_engl.pdf Flyer Cyber and Information Domain Service
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