Shorter active troops officers:
'Cut the division HQs, cut the branch generals' staffs, cut commands,
shorten procedures, wake up the procurement personnel':
There's one thing in the article where I disagree with it: The divisions of the Bundeswehr's Heer were NEVER necessary, not even in the Cold War.
Let me explain: Late in WW2 the Wehrmacht's Heer discovered that mobile forces better be easily led - no bigger than brigade size. The few official and promising TO&E experiments with brigades were one argument, the fact that the motorised divisions of that time were rarely at more than half strength and proved the advantages of this size is another.
During the early 50's the veteran officers planned for the new army and consulted with such famous WW2 veterans as v.Manstein and Guderian. The conclusion was simple: The divisional structure is pointless for an all-motorised army. A brigade-based structure is superior.
Sadly, politics proceeded in parallel and there was no opportunity to do what was considered the right thing to do.
The conservative-liberal Adenauer government had a Western integration & reconciliation grand strategy and offered an army for bolstering the defence of Western Europe in exchange for foreign political progress. At some time they promised "12 Divisionen" (out of a total of 26 Western divisions in Central Europe), and the Bundeswehr had to meet this even though it didn't really want any army divisions. The Heer actually raised 12 divisions on paper, but the 12th was not really at normal strength and the Div HQs were little more than a deadweight layer of command in what was actually a brigade-based army.
This brigade model actually influenced many NATO armies during the 60's and 70's (you won't read this often in Pentomic- and ROAD-focused U.S. literature, of course)
The Divisional HQ level of command was unnecessary deadweight from the beginning, even and especially during the Cold War!
Some recent rumours about a possible deletion of some other level of command than the divisional level didn't trigger a blog post here because I assumed that the idea was so obviously stupid that it would go away anyway. I had second thoughts. There's only a about 0.000000000000001% chance that this might help to prevent such a stupid move, of course.