Lt. Col. (ret) Wolfgang Widders is Senior Military Advisor for CBRN protection systems of Kärcher Futuretech. In this position he is responsible for concepts and doctrine as well as contacts to the whole CBRN Defense community worldwide.
After humanistic high school exam he started his military career in 1971. He served in the CBRN Def Corps for three years and left the army as Lieutenant in 1974. From 1974 until 1981 he studied law at Ruhr-University in Bochum. During his studies he served in 14 military exercises as reservist. After re-entry in 1982 with the rank of a Captain he was Coy Commander for three years, CBRN Staff Officer 5. Armored Division and Section Chief inside Army Office. 1994 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and Commander of CBRN Defense Battalion 7 in Höxter for three years. Further on he served as Section Chief/Dep Division Chief in Armed Forces Office and Assistant Branch Chief inside MoD – Armed Forces Staff – for five years. As Branch Chief inside Joint Support Command, inter alia responsible for the new structure of the CBRN Defense Corps of the Armed Forces as well as concepts and doctrine, he finished his active military career with retirement end of June 2012.
He has more than eleven years experiences as subject matter expert inside NATO and EU working groups, often he was head of delegation, and the German negotiator during the implementation phase of the Joint CBRN Defense Centre of Excellence. One highlight in his career was the position of a NATO-Co-Director of an enhanced workshop Science for Peace and Security in KYIV (Ukraine) in 2011.
Wolfgang (61) was born in Westphalia and is married to his wife Petra; their children are Christine (28) and Benedict (26)