Dr. Hans Rühle, born 1939 in Stuttgart, was Head of the Social Science Institute of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. From 1982 to 1988 he was Head of the Planning Staff of the German Ministry of Defence. Thereafter, he served as coordinator of the newly created Federal Security Academy. From 1990 to 1995 he was General Manager of the NATO Multirole Combat Aircraft Development and Production Management Agency (NAMMA). He publishes frequently on transatlantic security affairs, notably on nuclear proliferation.