Ralph ThieleRalph D. Thiele

Colonel (ret.) Thiele has gained in several decades of politico-military service an extensive broad political, technological, academic and military background. In the past 15 years he has made the Political-Military Society in Berlin a well-respected forum of high reputation. Ralph Thiele has studied business administration (MBA) and political science in Munich. In several commanding officer assignments he has developed valuable operational expertise. As Commander of the Bundeswehr Transformation Centre he has introduced Network Enabling Capabilities into the German Armed Forces and shaped EU and NATO capability development.
While serving in the personal staffs of the German Armed Forces Vice Chief of Defence Staff and the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and in the Planning and Policy Staff of the German Minister of Defence, Ralph Thiele has been directly involved in numerous national, European and NATO strategic, technological and political issues. He has also been involved in numerous national and European Security Research Programmes including UAV projects.
Ralph Thiele has published numerous books and articles and is lecturing widely in Europe, Asia, in the U.S. and Latin America on current comprehensive security affairs and network enabling technologies.

  • Chairman “Politisch-Militärische Gesellschaft”
  • (Political-Military Society)
  • CEO StratByrd Consulting



  • Armament, Armed Forces Planning, Arms Export, C4ISTAR including Airborne Capabilities, Collaboration Environments, Concept Development and Experimentation, Defence Industrial Base, Effects Based Approach to Operations, Network Centric Capabilities, Security Research, Space, Security Policy, Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Comprehensive Security including Critical Infrastructure, Cyber Security, Disaster Response, Energy Security, Event Protection, Homeland Security, Interagency Operations, Maritime Domain Security, and Situational Awareness
  • Business Development, Lead System Integration, Post Academic Education



  • Political-Military Society, Berlin
  • German Atlantic Association, Berlin
  • Defence Science Board to the Austrian Minister of Defence, Vienna
  • Advisory Board Journal for Foreign and Security Policy, Cologne



  • Security Research, Airborne Security Programmes in Asia, Europe and Gulf region
  • Government Consultancy in Austria, Germany, Mongolia, Peru and Switzerland
  • Industry Consultancy for global market leaders
  • Speaking engagements in Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Lima, London, Naples, Paris, Rome, Sao Paolo, Seoul, Ulaanbaatar, Tokyo, Vienna, Washington
  • Cooperation Ventures with Washington based Think Tanks i.e. Center for International and Strategic Studies (CSIS), Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR) and RAND
  • Film Consultancy (INBETWEEN WORLDS (ZWISCHEN WELTEN), Independent Artists Filmproduktion, Aladag GbR)