The BAKS reports to the Federal Security Council chaired by Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Picture: Federal Government/Steins

As a central institution for education and training, the Federal Academy for Security Policy reports directly to the Federal Government. The Federal Security Council (Bundessicherheitsrat / BSR), chaired by the Federal Chancellor, acts as the Board of Trustees for the BAKS and decides on its mission and concept. Functionally, the Academy reports to the German Chancellery, and organisationally it is subordinate to the Federal Ministry of Defence.

The Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Defence take turns in nominating the President and Vice President of the BAKS. Since January 2024 Generalmajor Wolf-Jürgen Stahl is President of the Federal Academy for Security Policy. The Director and Chief of Staff, always a Bundeswehr Colonel, carries out the operational command of the Academy. Together with the Head of Teaching, Head of Conferences/International Cooperation and Head of Communications, they form the executive board of the Academy.

Major General Wolf-Jürgen Stahl is President of the Federal Academy for Security Policy. Picture: BAKS/Jakscht

The academic department is responsible for shaping the different conferences and events. All ministries represented in the Federal Security Council assign personnel to the Federal Academy for Security Policy to fill the inter-ministerial approach with life.

To adequately cover the broad range of subjects related to today’s security policy and to address the current needs of the ministries, the Academy does not rely on academic staff in the traditional way. For all events, the BAKS invites high key visiting lecturers with current expertise from home and abroad.

The BAKS Support Department is responsible for infrastructure, logistics and related organisational tasks. It is staffed by the Bundeswehr.