Deputy Commander / Chief of Staff

Brigadier general J.M. (Hans) Folmer MSc MSS

Brigadier general Hans Folmer was born in 1964 and joined the Royal Military Academy in 1982. In 1986 he was commissioned as Artillery Officer. From October 2011 he commanded the Task Force Cyber and was tasked to
implement the cyber program in the Netherlands Armed Forces. In June 2015 Brigadier general Hans Folmer was appointed as the first commander of the Netherlands Defence Cyber Command.

Before starting the cyber program, Hans Folmer was Chief Joint C4ISR requirements at the Ministry of Defence,
Directorate for Operational Policy, Requirements and Planning. In June 2007 he was promoted colonel to
become the Chief of the European Union (EU) Operations Centre and Watchkeeping Capability in Brussels,
Belgium. He acted as Chief of Staff of an EU Operations Headquarters and chaired the Brussels Joint
Coordination Team for the EU Supporting Action for AMIS in Darfur, Sudan. From October 2006 until May 2007
he was the Military Assistant to the Commander, International Security Assistance Force Regional Command
(South) in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
From June 2004 untill May 2007, LTC Hans Folmer was Commanding Officer of the bi-national CIS Battalion of
the 1 (German/Netherlands) Corps. With his battalion he participated in NATO Response Forces 4 and won the
General Fellgiebel price for best German signal battalion. As liaison officer at the Bundeswehr Operations
Command (Potsdam, Germany) from 2002 untill 2004, he was involved in the planning of operations in
Afghanistan, FYROM, Bosnia and the Gulf. Before that, LTC Hans Folmer held positions as the Assistant Chief of Staff G4 of 1 (NL) Mechanised Division, and the Army Directorate of Materiel as Senior Policy Advisor and Senior Project Manager on IT systems, communications, IT Architecture and Command and Control Systems.
Brigadier general Hans Folmer holds a Master in Electrical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology, and a Master in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.