Proposal of the Concept for Future Development of the Slovenian Armed Forces
Technical Report,13 Aug 2018,14 Jun 2019
US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States
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Slovenia is a small country in Central Europe with a population slightly over two million. It was the most economically developed Republic of former Yugoslavia, had short independence war 1991 and after independence quickly integrated into European Union and NATO 2004. The development of the Defense System is characterized by inconsistent phases and was badly influenced by economic recession 2009-2014. Currently Slovenian Armed Forces SAF are entrapped with constant transformations, because of unaligned Defense Policy and Military Expenditure. Almost ten years of deprived resources caused structural problems in the SAF. From 2013, the SAF was evaluated from the President of the Republic as non-ready for war. The main reasons for negative evaluations are equipment readiness and capabilities and status of personnel. Equipment Readiness mostly concerns combat platforms for two medium battalion groups as a main land capability of Slovenia for national and collective defense. In February 2019 the procurement of 8x8 combat platforms was delayed, which means delayed battalion groups and on-going negative readiness evaluation. Slovenias limited financial resources over the last decade had an impact on personnel. The long-term program planned for 8,000 active duty and two thousand contractual reserve billets, equaling ten thousand personnel totals for the SAF. At the beginning of 2019 the SAF had 6,562 active duty and 768 contractual reserve 7,330. This shortage is more than of the potential force and the second reason for negative readiness evaluation. This thesis uses the U.S. Army Design Methodology in framing current environment and problems, and proposing solutions to allow SAF to be capable force for national defense and participation in collective defense.
- Government and Political Science
- Defense Systems