The Defence Committee’s deliberations often touch on highly controversial issues, which is why it meets behind closed doors. After all, what is at stake is the security of our country, our allies and, not least, the Bundeswehr troops on deployments. Germany’s role in international security policy and the Bundeswehr’s mission have changed, particularly in view of the threat from global terrorism. One essential function performed by the Defence Committee is the parliamentary oversight of the Federal Ministry of Defence and its subordinate units and agencies. In this connection, it plays an important part in the adoption of the defence budget, and the procurement of armaments and materiel for the Bundeswehr.