The vision of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the development of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the next 10 years is an unconditional innovative step in the sense of the initiated dialogue with the society and the first modern benchmark for the society, domestic industry and expert organizations.
This opinion was expressed after reading the document (published on January 11) by the Director of the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies (CDAC) Valentin Badrak.
According to him, important messages of the General Staff of the Armed Forces are, in particular, determination with priorities of rearmament of the army. He noted that the definition of the development of weapons and military equipment, "primarily modern means of intelligence, EWS, communications, air defense, firearms (improving their accuracy and range)" - almost completely consistent with the recommendations provided in 2019 CSDC and the Ukrainian Institute for Security Studies (CDAC is one of the co-founders of the CCIS). "However, expert organizations would like to see among the priorities also the creation of a single automated control system of the Armed Forces and the development of unmanned aerial complexes, ground and naval unmanned combat systems," the expert added.
V. Badrak is convinced that the provisions on "development of the territorial defense system" and "preparation of the territory and population of Ukraine for defense" are very important in the document of the General Staff of the Armed Forces. The CSDC also fully supports the words included in the vision of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine about "personal responsibility ... of a serviceman, regardless of his position and military rank".
One can also welcome the General Staff's vision of the development of individual components of the national defense capabilities, for example, the definition that the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces should provide "in the long run - guaranteed fulfillment of special tasks outside Ukraine (subject to necessary amendments to the legislation)".
The only thing that is regrettable - says the expert - is that the General Staff did not dare to determine the need to create a professional army in Ukraine, limited to the task of providing "a high level of professional training of personnel". Badrack added that he was personally convinced of the fallacy of this approach, since Ukraine has the potential to create a professional army within 4 - 6 years, abandoning an annoying ideology to develop a "workers' and peasant army with a selective conscription." "For Ukraine, given the divided society and still quite low authority of the army in society, the extraordinary level of non-combat losses of creating a professional army is the only way to achieve the goal now set by the General Staff - to ensure the successful deterrence of the aggressor," the Director of the Central Committee believes.