The Debate Surrounding Nuclear Sharing

The concept of nuclear sharing was developed by NATO during the Cold War, when the relationship between the two blocs was distinctly antagonistic. The USA wanted to underscore its guarantee of security to Western Europe, while Western Europe—including the Federal Republic of Germany—hoped to have a say in the planning of nuclear/military activity. Ever since, the Bundeswehr has maintained fighter jets capable of transporting and, if necessary, launching American nuclear bombs.

Now that the Tornado fighter jet has become outdated and is slated to be replaced, questions arise with respect to the foundations and potential future of nuclear sharing. How much say does Germany have? Is nuclear sharing even still militarily useful? Are there alternative—and perhaps less contentious—options for German military engagement? IFSH employees aim to actively contribute to a debate surrounding these questions that is both fact-based and devoid of preconceived conclusions.

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