Official biography

Colonel (GS) Diplom-Kaufmann Heinz-Joachim Henseler
German Air Force

Military Professor, Executive Course Director for Seminar on Regional Security
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Col. Heinz-Joachim Henseler is a military professor and executive course director for the Seminar on Regional Security at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.  He arrived at the center in September of 2010.

Before his assignment at the Marshall Center, he was the main coordinating instructor in the joint operations department at the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Hamburg from 2002-2010. He specialised in strategic and operational planning. In this capacity, he developed, ran and led seminars for different courses, and supported other training facilities within NATO and the EU.

Colonel Henseler joined the German Air Force in July, 1974, and entered officer’s school before beginning studies at the University of Munich.
After graduation in November, 1978, Colonel Henseler started his career in the NATO Integrated Air Defense System and gained his first joint and combined experience while serving in NATO AWACS Flying Squadron 3. He attended the Norwegian Total Defense Course in Oslo from July, 1993 to May, 1994, gaining a deep understanding of strategic planning in a total defence environment incorporating all national resources into one total defence plan.

Following that, he was stationed at the ministry of defense from 1994-1997 as a desk officer in charge of the cooperation with the United Nations in planning and conducting peace keeping operations. He was then assigned as defence attaché’ in Norway for three years.

Colonel Henseler returned to Germany in 1999 and was assigned to the joint operations doctrine centre until 2002. Here, he gained a deep inside view into NATO standardisation and interoperability efforts, and worked to develop and negotiate national and NATO doctrine, frequently joining NATO boards, panels and working groups. As chief of the German delegation he was a member of the Allied Joint Operations Doctrine Working Group.

He has been awarded the German Armed Forces Cross of Honor in silver and bronze.

Colonel Henseler speaks German, English and Norwegian, holds a master’s degree in business administration (Diplom-Kaufmann) and took part in the 32nd General Staff Course.