March 3, 2014

National defence: what government and the people will do in wartime

The national defence development plan for 2013-2022, approved by the Government of the Republic in January, did not cover the activities of all of the ministries and government institutions involved in national defence. Out of old habit, it focused only on the Ministry of Defence and Defence Forces. The main reason was that government departments are not accustomed to planning activities in an extreme situation (like war). On February 27, 2014 – a year late – the Cabinet approved the non-military part of the national defence development plan for 2013-2022. But the process does not end there; only now does it begin. Preparing the entire government apparatus, local governments and private sector for extreme situations does not require so much additional funding, but rather the ability to coordinate activities with other organizations in a manner that allows each institution to discharge its duties during wartime as well.

The national defence development plan for 2013-2022, approved by the Government of the Republic in January, did not cover the activities of all of the ministries and government institutions involved in national defence. Out of old habit, it focused only on the Ministry of Defence and Defence Forces. The main reason was that government departments are not accustomed to planning activities in an extreme situation (like war). On February 27, 2014 – a year late – the Cabinet approved the non-military part of the national defence development plan for 2013-2022. But the process does not end there; only now does it begin. Preparing the entire government apparatus, local governments and private sector for extreme situations does not require so much additional funding, but rather the ability to coordinate activities with other organizations in a manner that allows each institution to discharge its duties during wartime as well.

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