Dr. Klaus Olshausen, Generalleutnant a.D.

former President Clausewitz Society
Honorary President Association of German Armed Forces Engineers

Dr. Klaus Olshausen

After 42 years of active duty as officer of the Bundeswehr in national and multinational formations and headquarters Klaus Olshausen was elected as President of the Clausewitz Society (2006-2013) and is Honorary President of the Association of German Armed Forces Engineers. In his last assignment he represented Germany and its Chief of Defence in the military committees at NATO HQ and the EU in Brussels. In his many national and international assignments he was responsible for strategic, conceptual and operational as well as long-term planning for armed forces including many military capability issues. During the last years on active duty and as an independent consultant on strategic issues his work was predominantly related to the development of an increasingly comprehensive approach to crisis management including crisis prevention, conflict resolution, stability and reconstruction using non-military and military means.

Klaus Olshausen studied modern and medieval history and political sciences at the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg finishing with a Ph.D. He attended the 2-year course for general staff officers at the German Armed Forces College in Hamburg and received the Eisenhower Award at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth Kansas of the centennial class 1980 – 1981.


International politics, military diplomacy, military strategy
Geopolitical and geostratigic analyses and assessments
Security sector reform, partnership policy i.e. military to military cooperation
Multinational crisis management with civil and military means
Long-term armed forces planning both national and multinational (NATO & EU)
NATO reform processes since the 1990ies
EU common security and defence policy (CSDP), including conceptions and missions
International engagement in and for Afghanistan since 2001


Clausewitz Society e.V.
The Association of German Armed Forces Engineers (BDPi)
The Association of the German Army (FKH)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wehrtechnik e.V. (DWT)


Mittler-Report Publishers, Bonn
NATO’s Joint Warfare Center, Stavanger
NATO HQ, Brussels
NATO Defense College, Rome
Federal Academy for Security Policy (BAKS), Berlin
Federal Armed Forces College, Hamburg
Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Berlin, Ankara, Beijing, Hong Kong, Malaysia
Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Tokyo
Keio University, Tokyo
Korea National Defense University, Seoul
Hanns Seidel Foundation, Munich


German, English, French

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