Slovakia still unable to react to current security threats

Think tank Globsec speaks of outdated defence mechanisms in its report.

Slovak PM Peter Pellegrini and Czech PM Andrej Babiš at the 2019 Globsec Bratislava Forum on June 8Slovak PM Peter Pellegrini and Czech PM Andrej Babiš at the 2019 Globsec Bratislava Forum on June 8 (Source: TASR)

Slovakia’s defence and security systems are not in good shape, Bratislava-based think tank Globsec says in its recently published report.

The country’s defence does not reflect the current overlapping of military and non-military threats, and its ability to react to internal and external threats is limited. This also implies Slovakia is able to cope with threats only after they have occurred, the think tank said after the audit.

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“It is not right to claim the system is dysfunctional, though,” Globsec claimed. “Its individual segments manage to cope with crisis situations on a smaller scale, often related to natural disasters.”

Globsec interviewed 190 public-administration officers and analysed legislation and public policies in the context of hybrid threats in September 2018. The survey shows, among other things, 68 percent of the officers approached have never heard of hybrid threats.

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