Soldiers review Training Year (TY) 2017, they agree there is a need to ensure effective and systemic modernisation

Throughout 2018 the Armed Forces will continue to perform their tasks and goals in ensuring the defence of the State to the benefit of Slovak citizens as well as in delivering international commitments. An evaluation of TY 2017 and the tasks awaiting the Armed Forces and MOD in 2018 were presented today by Chief of Defence General Milan Maxim, in the presence of President of the Slovak Republic and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic Andrej Kiska and Minister of Defence Peter Gajdoš.
 
On this occasion, Minister of Defence Peter Gajdoš highlighted that 2017 had marked a historic milestone from the perspective of the systematic modernisation of the Armed Forces. “We want to carry it out highly effectively, so that Slovak citizens can feel safe and the defence of our country can be guaranteed. This all is to be done transparently in line with valid legislation,” he emphasised.
 
In this connection, he reminded that after a 12-year gap the MOD had come up with a new strategic framework for the defence of the State, i.e. the Defence and Military Strategies, as well as the Security Strategy of the Slovak Republic, on the drafting of which the MOD had worked closely with the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry. “The strategic documents, which are shifting the defence of the State to a new level, reflect the current requirements on the security of the State and its citizens,” remarked Minister of Defence Peter Gajdoš. At the same time, he stressed that the strategic documents, including the Long-Term Defence Development Plan with an Outlook to 2030, provide systematic solutions to the defence of the State, the commitments ensuing from our membership in international organisations, and the manning issues in the Armed Forces. “In the documents we were not afraid to show the real state of affairs in the Armed Forces. Only by laying this foundation were we able to convey a realistic vision of how we will move forward,” noted Head of the MOD.
 
President of the Slovak Republic and Commander-in-Chief of the SVK Armed Forces Andrej Kiska thanked servicemen and women for their performance of tasks to the benefit of the Slovak Republic. On modernisation, he called on the MOD leaders to ensure transparency and effectiveness. “We cannot disappoint the trust of our citizens,” he said, adding that modernisation requires adequate plans.“I appreciate the decision of our government to deploy troops to Iraq and Latvia, as well as our participation in the EU defence project PESCO,” said the President. He went to underline that the priorities of Slovakia also need to be linked to NATO priorities.
 
As Chief of Defence General Milan Maxim remarked, the aim of todayʼs gathering is to provide a realistic representation of the situation that exists in the Armed Forces. “We have strategies, we have plans, and we have undertaken the first steps to replace equipment. I am pleased with the extent of attention the department is paying to the Armed Forces.” He also said he values the high levels of public confidence in the Armed Forces. “It is a commitment for us,” he stressed.

Author: MO SR - KOd, Photo: MO SR - Ivan Kelement - Date: 01.02.2018
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