BITS Staff:
BITS Staff:
Otfried Nassauer (Director)
Director of BITS / Freelance Journalist, Founder of BITS and Member of the Board

Fields of activity and expertise:
  • International security organisations (NATO, WEU, EU, OSCE, UN)
  • Military strategy and doctrine
  • German foreign, security and defense politics
  • NATO-Russia / EU-Russia / Transatlantic relations
  • Arms Control and Disarmament (START, ABM, CFE, NPT, Ottawa-Process)
  • Revolution in Military Affairs, future military planning and technologies
  • Arms Trade and Weapon Systems / Weapons of Mass Destruction / Small Arms / Landmines
  • Publications cover a wide range of security related topics
  • Frequent essays, scientific articles and interviews in German and English language media
  • Author and (co-)editor of numerous books on security related issues
Mark Ernstberger

Fields of activity and expertise:
  • office management
  • technical management of BITS-homepage
  • contact point for visits and inquiries
Previous experience:
  • State-certified technical specialist
Roman Deckert
Research Assistant
Alexander Lurz
external Research Assistant
Gerhard Piper
Research Assistant, Freelance Journalist and Publisher

Fields of activity and expertise:
  • Military strategy and -capability / Weapons of Mass Destruction / Weapon Technology
  • Armed conflicts and wars
  • Migration
Previous Experience:
  • Student of Political Science in Marburg/Germany and Berlin/Germany
  • Editor of the electronic newsletter at BITS
  • Co-editor of the monthly publication "antimilitarismus information" (1991-2002)
  • Numerous articles on security-related topics
external staff members:
Christopher Steinmetz
Freelance Journalist - external Associate Expert

Fields of activity and expertise:
  • German and European arms export policy 
  • Defense industry Structure of the German army 
  • Military conscription systems European security architecture Conflict studies  
  • Civil War Studies  
  • Mercenaries International Security
  • Transnational Corporations
Previous Experience:
  • Student of Political Science at the Otto-Suhr-Institut (FU Berlin) in Berlin/Germany
  • Research assistant at the "Los Angeles Times" Bureau in Berlin/Germany  
  • Co-editor of the monthly publication "antimilitarismus information" (1992-2002)  
  • Advisor for NGO's
  • Studies and articles in academic/scientific publications on peace research and issues of security politics
Manfred Schünemann
Freelance Journalist - external Associate Expert

Fields of activity and expertise:
  • Russian foreign and security policy
  • Domestic and foreign policy of the Ukraine
  • Post-soviet intra-regional relations and crisis 
Previous Experience:
  • Student of History and German at the Greifswald University
  • Student of foreign policy at the Institute for International Relations in Potsdam-Babelsberg and the Academy of Diplomats in Moscow
  • GDR Diplomatic Service, including representations at Moscow, Kiev and Belgrad
  • Management of research projects on transformation of Russian and Ukrainian security and foreign policy 
  • Editor and co-editor of publications on the development of the CIS and Ukrainian security policy 
  • Articles for political journals and newspapers on Ukrainian foreign and security policy and problems of transformation
Ulf Terlinden Homepage
external Associate Expert

Fields of activity and expertise:
  • Nuclear Weapons in Europe and Nuclear Disarmament  
  • Conflict Studies on Africa and Conflict prevention
Previous Experience:
  • Student of Political Science at the Free University / Berlin, Focus on Peace and Conflict Research
  • Volunteer work for the Nuclear Disarmament Campaign of Greenpeace Germany  
  • Research assistant at BITS, especially on landmines, small arms and conflicts in Africa
Dr. Alexander Neu
external Associate Expert

Fields of activity and expertise: 
  • Expert Kosovo  
BITS - Member of the Board:
Gerd Busmann Marianne Eulitz
Member of the Board Member of the Board
Landmine Project:
All information for this project you can find at:
former staff members:
Former and associate researchers as well as co-authors of BITS-publications (BITS- Research / Policy Notes / Penn-Newsletters) can be contacted via:

Peter Cross Dr. Arend Wellmann Markus Nitschke
Ekki Forberg Dr. Sabine Grund Roman Michaels
Denise Groves Jeff M. Jezzi Antje Wunderlich
Steffen Wagner Andreas Schön Nadja Westphal
Dr. Oliver Meier Sean Odlum Pjotr Trenin-Straussov
Rizwan Nabiev Henrietta Wilson Rainer Bohnert
Dr. Siegfried Fischer Sylvia Doebrisch Erna Bergen
Benjamin Seidel Lili Di Puppo Anja Schade
Daniel Messelken Clara Portela-Sais Christian Kasper
Sebastian Meyer Joost Sproedt Paul Hockenos
Lutz Hager Maritta Guenzel