TODAY — Chancellor Angela Merkel Inaugurates New BND Headquarters (February 8 2019)

“A healthy distrust is helpful, but being overly suspicious is a hindrance.”

Chancellor Angela Merkel (February 8 2019)

“The Bundesnachrichtendienst is the sole foreign intelligence service of the Federal Republic of Germany. As such it reports directly to the Federal Chancellery.

The mission of the Bundesnachrichtendienst is to provide the Federal Government with fast and comprehensive information. Since nothing goes out-of-date quite as fast as up-to-date information, the security policy parameters within which the Bundesnachrichtendienst operates are constantly changing. We live in a multipolar world. Globalization intensifies mutual dependencies worldwide.

Present-day crises and conflicts are often highly dyna­mic and require rapid action from policymakers. New conflict types and conflict scenarios dominate the international arena.”

Scope of Work — BND Official website (2017)

On Friday February 8 2019, Chancellor Angela Merkel inaugurated the new, fortress-like Berlin headquarters of the BND, Germany’s foreign intelligence service. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Located where the Berlin Wall once dissected the city, the huge 1.1-billion-euro ($1.25-billion) complex now houses 4,000 of the spy agency’s 6,500 staff.

Built on the former site of an East German sports stadium, it is one of the world’s largest secret service bases, covering 10 hectares (25 acres) — the equivalent to 36 football fields.

Former BND chief Gerhard Schindler complained that the agency’s technical surveillance had stayed behind at the old Bavarian base, saying there was “no rational, logical reason” for this.

REFERENCES

Merkel opens spy agency’s massive new Berlin HQ –Digital Journal

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TODAY — Chancellor Angela Merkel Inaugurated New BND Headquarters (February 8 2019)

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