Georgia: A Defense Reform Assessment

Authors:

  • Adriana Lins De Albuquerque
  • Jakob Hedenskog

Publish date: 2016-11-03

Report number: FOI-R--4306--SE

Pages: 54

Written in: English

Keywords:

  • Georgia
  • armed forces
  • defence sector
  • defence reform
  • Russia
  • NATO

Abstract

Georgian defence reform appears to be proceeding rapidly. The country is receiving substantial assistance in numerous important defence reform-related fields, but appears to be very eager to enhance cooperation and fully modernize and transform its defence sector. This is very understandable given the country's national security context and is a feature that is unlikely to change any time soon. International donors wishing to assist Georgia in this endeavour can do so in various ways. This report seeks to provide insights that will allow the Swedish Armed Forces to attain a better understanding of the reform needs within the broader defence sector. This information can make it easier to determine within which specific areas to provide assistance to the Georgian defence sector. The report analyses five specific areas of the defence sector, namely management, combat training, technical military cooperation, logistics and professional development. It finds two areas in particular need of reform assistance, namely management and logistics. The report ends with an appendix with specific reform assistance requests for Sweden communicated to the authors by the Georgian Ministry of Defense.

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