Dr. Reiner Huber

Senior Fellow

Dr. Huber joined the Potomac Foundation as Senior Fellow in 2000. At the Foundation, he works on transatlantic and European defense and security issues.

Dr. Huber is Emeritus Professor for Applied Systems Science at the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich, Germany.  He received his education at the Technical University Munich (1954-1960) and, as a Fulbright Scholar, at the University of Texas (1957-1958) majoring in Mechanical, Aeronautical and Industrial Engineering. Following a three-year tour of active service as a Technical Officer in the German Air Force he joined West Germany’s principal defense research establishment (IABG) as an Operations Research analyst in 1963, to eventually become one of its vice presidents in 1973. In 1975 he accepted the appointment to the Systems Science chair in the Computer Science Department of the German Armed Forces University.

Dr. Huber is an internationally recognized military operations researcher and security systems analyst who lectured as guest professor and researcher at various academic and defense analysis institutions in the United States, United Kingdom, South Korea, and China. Supported by a significant VW research grant his extensive analytical research on Military Stability in Europe began in the comparatively simple bi-polar world of the Cold War leading to the complex security problems emerging with the end of the Cold War including, among others, the implications of NATO enlargement.

During his career Dr. Huber has served on several advisory panels of NATO and the German Ministry of Defense, and in various councils of professional societies. He has organized and chaired nine scientific conferences, co-edited 13 books and co-authored more than 200 articles in scientific and professional journals on military operational research and defense issues and applications.

As a contribution to an international NATO-sponsored project his most recent work emphasizes Command and Control (C2) of multinational military operations and the management of complex civil-military endeavors. In addition, he investigates the use of the conceptual model of C2 maturity developed in this project as a conceptual framework for improving defense planning cooperation in Europe. For his contributions to the investigation of the attributes of agile C2 he recently received the NATO Scientific and Technology Organization’s STO Scientific Achievement Award 2014.

Career Highlights


Defense Planning

Command and Control

Multinational Military Operations

Civil-Military Relations


Technical University, Munich (1954-1960)

University of Texas (1957-1958)