The Slovenian Armed Forces proudly contribute to joint peace efforts
On Friday, 13 September, the National Gallery in Ljubljana was the venue of the official opening of the NATO Military Committee conference gathering the Chiefs of Defence of all Allied armed forces and NATO's top military representatives. In her welcoming address, Major General Alenka Ermenc, Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces, said that they would discuss important areas that will affect the common and secure future of all. The guests were also addressed by the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, who stressed that the unity of the partner countries was strong, which is a guarantee for a proper response to the contemporary security challenges. The keynote speaker, President of the Republic of Slovenia and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces Borut Pahor noted that Slovenians have repeatedly defended their independence, and that, since 2014 when it joined the most powerful military alliance, Slovenia was no longer alone!
On Saturday, 14 September, Chiefs of Defence of all Allied armed forces and top NATO military representatives met at Hotel Union in Ljubljana under the chairmanship of Air Chief Marshal Sir Peach. They discussed the current defence and security topics of relevance to the Alliance in the context of ensuring peace and security. The main topics of their discussion are operations, missions and activities, the maintaining of readiness and the Alliance’s deterrence posture, as well as the development of a concept of warfare in a modern security environment that will be capable of facing and meeting all security challenges. In his introduction, Air Chief Marshal Stuart Peach, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, addressed conference participants by pointing out the Alliance’s efforts which continue to support the common values and mission of the Alliance in the service of freedom, rights, democracy, the rule of law and legality. He is convinced that the participants will find appropriate solutions for a timely and effective response of NATO to all future threats. In her welcoming address, Major General Alenka Ermenc, Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces, said that the Alliance's collective defence was a strong support to Slovenia's defence and that therefore the Slovenian Armed Forces also proudly contribute to the joint efforts of ensuring international peace in operations and missions. What is particularly visible in this respect is the contribution of the Slovenian Armed Forces to the security in the region. Conference participants were also addressed by the Minister of Defence Karl Erjavec who pointed out that Slovenia had already hosted several high-level meetings, which is very important for both the Alliance and Slovenia in a perod when security challenges are becoming increasingly unpredictable. What is more, Slovenia and the Slovenian Armed Forces are hosting the conference in the time of important milestones: the 70th anniversary of NATO and the 15th anniversary of Slovenia's membership in the Alliance. He therefore believes that successful functioning of all defence and security systems requires the development of adequate capabilities ensuring an effective defence, which is very high on his priority list.
Between Friday, 13 and Sunday, 15 September, the Slovenian Armed Forces are hosting a NATO Military Committee Conference in the Chiefs of Defence session including senior military representatives of all allied nations and the highest NATO military representatives. Chairman of the Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach is chairing the conference in the company of the host of the conference Major General Alenka Ermenc and supported by his strategic commanders. The conference, which is attended by more than 400 participants, including 150 distinguished guests, has been organised with more than 600 involved personnel and is hosted by the Slovenian Armed Forces in a year of significant milestones – the 15th anniversary of the accession of the Republic of Slovenia to Euro-Atlantic structures, and the 70th anniversary of NATO’s successful operation.
The contribution of the Slovenian Armed Forces is recognizable within its peacetime establishment abroad, but especially in international operations and missions, which include as many as 6% of the servicemembers and where the Slovenian Armed Forces have been present for over 22 years. By hosting the Military Committee Conference, the Slovenian Armed Forces additionally demonstrate their credibility within the Alliance in the field of organizing the most demanding of events.
The NATO Military Committee organizes conferences three times a year, twice at NATO Headquarters in Brussels and once in a selected member state. The Conferences are attended by all Chiefs of Defence and led by the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee supported by his two strategic commanders. The NATO Military Committee brings together member states to provide a strategic military advice to the North Atlantic Council, the Alliance's senior political body. It is the responsibility of the Military Committee to interpret the political guidelines into policies and advice for military action aimed at achieving the goals of the Alliance, i.e. the defence of all NATO member states. The NATO Military Committee acts through senior national representatives of member states working at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.