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„Zentrum Zivil-Militärische Zusammenarbeit der Bundeswehr ("Centre for Civil-Military Cooperation of the Bundeswehr")
Active 2003/2006/2013, active
Country  Germany
Branch Joint Support Service
Type Training Centre, Deployment of CIMIC-Forces
Role Civil-military co-operation
Size 200
Part of German Army
Engagements ISAF and Resolute Support (RS), KFOR, European Training Mission Somalia (EUTM SOM) and European Forces Republic Central Africa, plus Missions in the Balkans
Colonel Joachim Miller

The Zentrum Zivil-Militärische Zusammenarbeit der Bundeswehr short (ZentrZMZBw), which stands for Centre for Civil-Military Cooperation of the Bundeswehr is the third generation of Civil-military co-operation of the Bundeswehr. The first predecessor was already formed in 2001 out of parts of the German Army (Heer), the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) and the German Navy (Deutsche Marine) as part of the Joint Support Service (Streitkräftebasis) at the Clausewitz-Barracks in Nienburg, Lower Saxony. In 2017 it employs around 200 soldiers and Civil Servants Additional to this the centre receives support by the local state commands (Landeskommando) of the States of Germany (Bundesländer) and the academy of the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance in Bad Neuenahr.


First Generation: CIMIC Battalion (CIMIC Bataillon) (founded 28. März 2003)

During the SFOR mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina it became clear that future missions will involve the civil population, NGOs and GOs. This was a major difference to Cold War-scenarios in which the population was considered to be evacuated. This challenge lead to the foundation of CIMIC Bataillon 100, which concentrated the expertise. The gravity point lay on the resettlement of refugees and rebuilding the infrastructure.

Second Generation: CIMIC-Centre (CIMIC-Zentrum) (founded: 4. Mai 2006)

The task of the CIMIC-Zentrum was tied close to the necessities of the missions abroad. The gravity point moved away from building infrastructure towards a better assessment of the military situation and a better counseling of the military leaders as well as civil organisations, which is in accordance to the three core-tasks of CIMIC in the definition of NATO. Additional to this the training of experts in the Zentrum began. The development remained until its liquidation at the Joint Service Command (Streitkräfteunterstützungskommando, short SKUKdo) when it moved to the CIMIC-Zentrum.

Third Generation: Centre for Civil-Military Cooperation of the Bundeswehr (Zentrum Zivil-Militärische Zusammenarbeit der Bundeswehr) (Indienststellung: 26. November 2013)

The Zentrum Zivil-Militärische Zusammenarbeit der Bundeswehr (ZentrZMZBw) is the centre of CIMIC and under the leadership of the Bundeswehr Territorial Tasks Command (Kommando Territoriale Aufgaben der Bundeswehr, KdoTerrAufgBw). The field of action widened to the civil-military cooperation in Germany itself. The methods are getting improved by scientific research. Furthermore, the Zentrum cooperates with comparable international organisations like the Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence of NATO in The Hague. Since 2009 it is annually hosting NATOs biggest CIMIC exercise Joint Cooperation which is conducted in Nienburg district and neighboring counties. In 2017 about 350 soldiers out of 23 Nations trained at the Zentrum together with German Emergency Management units and a big amount of role players who mainly played their real live tasks.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms is a development of the former generations of the Zentrum. It contains three main issues: In the center is the globe which symbolizes the places of former, current and future missions. Above this there is a sword and parchment which symbolizes the interaction between the military and the civil part. Because other nations have comparable symbols this underlines the international ambition. The Flag of Germany is due to the tasks of the centre in Germany itself.[1]

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