CURRENT ASPECTS OF DEVELOPMENT OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA AND THE ROLE OF THE DEFENSE ACQUISITIONS IN THE PROCESS OF THEIR REALIZATION
Colonel Associate professor Ph.D., D. Sc., Military Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria, firstname.lastname@example.org
Changes in the modern security environment, along with the emergence of non-traditional risks and threats, pose new and unexpected challenges to national security. Its direct impact is on the unstable situation in the Western Balkan countries, the Black Sea region, and the crisis in Ukraine, the Middle East and North Africa. The counteraction of the "hybrid" warfare model, combining conventional means with unconventional methods, requires the search for multilateral approaches to addressing security and defense challenges.
The Republic of Bulgaria builds its defense policy within the framework of NATO's collective defense and the Common Security and Defense Policy of the European Union. In this sense, the Armed Forces capability objectives are an essential tool for fulfilling the tasks of protecting national interests, implementing allied engagements and contributing to national security in peacetime. They are used in accordance with the established order of the Constitution, the laws of the country and the observance of international law. The National Defense Strategy defines the following missions for the Air Defense, Support for International Peace and Security and Contribution to National Security in Peacetime.
In order to find an acceptable balance between the available resources and the development of the necessary capabilities to implement the missions and tasks of the Armed Forces, taking into account the changes in the strategic security environment and the medium-term priorities for acquiring new capabilities and upgrading the Armed Forces, we conduct a review of the defense capabilities.
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