For the first time in German history, a woman is at the head of military intelligence. The lawyer Martina Rosenberg has been appointed as the new director of the Militärisch Abschirmdienst (MAD).
Minister of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has informed parliament about the appointment. Rosenberg previously worked as a lawyer in the German army and was involved in disciplinary proceedings against soldiers.
Rosenberg replaces Christof Gramm, who took early retirement on 1 October. His resignation was due to right-wing extremist incidents within the army.
Gramm, who has been in charge since 2015, was engaged in reform plans. Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer praised him for this but dismissed him from his position.
According to the ministry, there was a need for a change in leadership. It is now up to Rosenberg to get a grip on extremism within the German army with the MAD.
The MAD is the smallest of the three German secret services. Germany also has a domestic and foreign secret service.