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Military Security Service [MAD]
Militaerischer Abschirmdienst

Military counterintelligence (MAD) is part of the main military offices of the German armed forces. It is one of three Federal German intelligence agencies, along with the German Intelligence Service (BND) and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV).

Established in 1956, until 1984 it was known as the Office for Security of the German Armed Forces (Amt für Sicherheit der Bundeswehr - ASBw). As directed in the law on military counterintelligence [of 20 December 1990], MAD responsibilities include the collection and analysis of information about anticonstitutional efforts and adversary secret service activities, the interpretation of information for the assessment of the security situation of German and allied armed forces and allied, and providing security evaluations and technical safety precautions for classified material protection.

In fullfilment of its functions MAD maintains close contacts with security representatives and agency managers of the German Federal Armed Forces and advises them in security affairs. Though organizationally part of the armed forces, officially it is technically subordinated to the Deputy of the General Inspector of the German Federal Armed Forces for military security. Its competence is basically limited to the division of the BMVg. The functions are assumed in the Office for Military Conterintelligence, located Cologne, and in subordinate agencies at other locations.

The total of some 1,950 staff members consists of about 500 at the MAD main office, 1,000 at MAD Groups and some 500 elsewhere.


    Headquarters Departments of the MAD office
      ZA head office functions
      I personnel security
      II defense of anticonstitutional forces
      III defense of gegenerischer intelligence services
      IV technical support
    MAD groups:
    • S-Group (for BMVg, NATO staffs etc..)
      Military District Command Groups
      • Kiel
      • Hanover
      • Duesseldorf
      • Mainz
      • Stuttgart
      • Munich
    School for Intelligence of the German Federal Armed Forces (SNBw), Bad Ems

The training activities of the School for intelligence of the German Federal Armed Forces in Bad Ems are being transfered to the Office for Intelligence of the German Federal Armed Forces or by the military guard service. The school and facility at Bad Ems is being closed.

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