February 3, 2015

Hurt: Not All Election Promises On Defense Realistic

Each time a politicians speaks about new military capabilities for Estonia’s Defense Forces, which are not in the long-term development plan, they stray from realism, says Martin Hurt, the deputy head of the International Center for Defense and Security.

Each time a politicians speaks about new military capabilities for Estonia’s Defense Forces, which are not in the long-term development plan, they stray from realism, says Martin Hurt, the deputy head of the International Center for Defense and Security.

He said if politicians are promising to spend the 2 percent of GDP on defense in the future, then that has already been calculated into the military’s development plan. “If one or another party now comes out prioritizing coastal defense or medium range air-defense, then those ideas are not financed in current plans.”
Politicians must provide funding sources for any new defense ideas, or name developments which will be cut.
“The funding for each attractive promise, such as new capabilities for the Defense Forces or new tasks for the home guard, remains unclear,” Hurt said.
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