Digitization, unmanned systems and artificial intelligence will massively shape and change the warfare of the future, as all seminar participants are aware. In both armies, this development is already in full swing. Added to this is the changed threat situation since Russia’s actions in Ukraine in 2014. The re-focus on deterrence and on alliance solidarity operations, such as the support of the partners on the NATO eastern flank, have a decisive influence on both land forces. For the German army that is a significant increase in material and personnel. Thus, in 2023, the army will again provide a brigade for NATO’s Rapid Reaction Force (VJTF). In 2027, the first of the three divisions will be fully operational and modernized, the other two follow until 2031. Vollmer summarizes the paradigm shift from stabilization operations back to collective defense: “We have to think big again.”
The so called “Division 2027” at the same time formed the troop for the exercises during “Griffin Seminar”. In nine groups, the nearly 100 Generals and Colonels had to react to tactical dilemmas and solve them. During the order briefing, Major-General Gerard Koot, Deputy Commander of 1st German-Netherlands Corps, asked for finding „new answers to new problems.“ The various ideas were afterwards presented to the plenary. These outcomes will form the starting point for the further development of the German/Dutch Land Operating Concept as a common conceptual basis for the doctrinal future.