National Security Strategy: Integrated Security for Germany

Last updated: 9 December 2023

Germany's National Security Policy lays out integrated security measures to ensure that all areas potentially subject to external threats are covered. It particularly includes a strategy on boosting economic and financial resilience and raw materials security.
Citing geopolitical tensions, the federal government commits to strengthening its raw materials and energy security through diversification. To ensure that economic ties do not adversely impact security, the government plans to: 

  • reduce critical dependencies and concentration risks;
  • prevent new dependencies in strategically relevant sectors;
  • procure strategically important raw materials from reliable partners;
  • focus on the potential of the circular economy 
  • explore the potential of domestic raw materials extraction, taking account of environmental concerns; and
  • foster international cooperation.

Specifically on the strategy for the supply of raw materials, the government lists the following actions it will undertake: 

  • create a framework for consistent monitoring of raw materials supply chains;
  • develop incentives for industry to strategically stockpile critical raw materials and build up strategic reserves;
  • develop sustainable value in supply chains;
  • conclude ambitious trade and investment agreements to drive diversification of trade and supply contracts;
  • analyse critical dependencies and support an EU-wide early warning system and monitoring of critical supply chains (particularly focusing on stockpiling and developing a circular economy); and
  • tighten measures against financial crime and money laundering within the context of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

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