Official biography

Commander Dipl. Ing. Andreas Hildenbrand

George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Commander Hildenbrand is a professor at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. He has been the deputy director of the Program in Advanced Security Studies, the center's largest and most comprehensive resident program, for several years.

His main focus of professional experience is European Security and Defense Policy as well as modern leadership. He is a member of the Educators Working Group and the Regional Stability in the Greater Black Sea Area Working Group of the PfP Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes.

From 2002 to 2004 Commander Hildenbrand was a senior officer in the joint staff of the armed forces in the German Ministry of Defense in Bonn, Germany. In this capacity he was responsible for preparing Franco-German summits and he participated in meetings of the WEU and other international organizations, to include serving as the secretary of a multinational working group for the restructuring of the European defense industries. This involved various activities in Spain, Sweden, Italy, France and Great Britain.

Between 2000 and 2002 he was a battalion commander at the University of the Armed Forces in Munich, where, as part of his job, he lectured on modern leadership.

Between 1997 and 2000 Commander Hildenbrand was the executive officer to the deputy chief of staff at NATO Headquarters Allied Forces Northwestern Europe in High Wycombe, Great Britain. His responsibilities included the representation of the Headquarters in different working groups with regard to restructuring NATO.

Between 1979 and 1997 Commander Hildenbrand pursued a career as a naval aviator. He studied aeronautical engineering at the University of the Armed Forces in Munich and earned a diploma (master's degree) as a Diplom-Ingenieur. Furthermore, he underwent training as an aviator in the Navy of the United States of America. In addition to his five years of flying duty with approximately 1000 flying hours, he was the representative of the German Navy in designing the NATO Helicopter of the Nineties (NH90), which involved various assignments in France and Italy.