Lieutenant General (ret.)

Friedrich W. 

Ploeger 

Executive Director, Joint Air Power Competence Centre (2007-2010)

Lieutenant General (ret.) Friedrich Wilhelm Ploeger was born on 25 March 1949 in Emmerich / Germany. He joined the German Air Force in October 1967 and started his career as an Air Weapons Controller / Fighter Controller in the German Air Force. He retired from active service on 30 June 2013 as Deputy ­Com­mander and Acting Commander of NATO ­AIRCOM, Ramstein, Germany.

His military career includes key staff and high ranking NATO and national positions – among them four joint positions – in the fields of operations, force planning and military policy, i. a. as Director Military Policy and Arms Control and Disarmament in MoD Berlin. He also held command positions at all levels, from squadron to corps / force level.

Lieutenant General Ploeger has been lecturing and holding speeches at a number of conferences on the subjects of Space, Cyberspace, Ballistic Missile Defence, and Air Policing in European NATO countries and in the USA. Since retirement, he is still active as a Senior Mentor and Consultant for the ‘Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr’, for NATO as well as for the German Air Force. He is Speaker of the ‘Senior Advisory Board of the ­Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr’ and the ‘Community of former ­CIS-Officers’ of the German Air Force.

He also contributed to books and journals on the subjects of security ­policy, conceptual and operational issues.

Information provided is current as of October 2017

From the Author

Joint Air Power Following the 2016 Warsaw Summit

Urgent Priorities
By Dr 
Hans 
Binnendijk 
By Gen 
Frank 
Gorenc 
By Lt Gen 
Frederik H. 
Meulman 
By Lt Gen 
Friedrich W. 
Ploeger 
By Lt Gen 
Pasquale 
Preziosa 
By Lt Gen 
Joachim 
Wundrak 
NATO is facing an increasingly diverse, unpredictable and demanding ­security environment, ‘an arc of insecurity and instability along NATO’s ­periphery and beyond’. In recent times this has led to a range of steps by NATO [...]

Industrial and ­Technology Cooperation

By Lt Gen 
Friedrich W. 
Ploeger 
By Lt Gen 
Pasquale 
Preziosa 
Though production and acquisition of armament is a national ­responsibility, NATO has a long and successful history with respect to cooperation and exchanging information and technological ­research in the field of armaments. The key forum [...]

Joint ISR and Air C2

By Lt Gen 
Friedrich W. 
Ploeger 
Since 2014, NATO has seen a dramatic change in its security environment. In Warsaw, NATO’s HOSG stated that there is ‘an arc of in­security and instability along NATO’s periphery and beyond. The ­Alliance faces a [...]

Executive Summary and Key Recommendations

By Dr 
Hans 
Binnendijk 
By Gen 
Frank 
Gorenc 
By Lt Gen 
Frederik H. 
Meulman 
By Lt Gen 
Friedrich W. 
Ploeger 
By Lt Gen 
Pasquale 
Preziosa 
By Lt Gen 
Joachim 
Wundrak 
The 2016 Warsaw Summit Declaration, as the most current expression by the Heads of State and Government (HOS / G) of key contemporary security concerns and focus areas, is clear in its statements: ‘the Alliance faces a [...]

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