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Supreme Allied Commander Transformation pays an official visit to the Slovenian Armed Forces

General Philippe Lavigne, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, is on a two-day official visit to Slovenia. He was welcomed by his host, the Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Robert Glavaš, and the Minister of Defence, Marjan Šarec.

During the meeting at the beginning of the official visit, the Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Robert Glavaš, and the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Philippe Lavigne, discussed the further development of the Alliance to maintain its advantage over other stakeholders, the means of rapid adaptation and successful deterrence in all domains, and the possibilities of effective anticipation of the strategic environment.

General Lavigne met separately with the Minister of Defence, Marjan Šarec. They focused on the rapid developments in modern technologies and the importance of innovation and closer links between the defence sector and industry. They also touched upon personnel-related and other challenges of the armed forces and the need to accelerate the transformation of the North Atlantic Alliance in view of the security implications in a heightened context of global competition. They agreed on the importance and urgency of addressing hybrid threats in a timely manner, with a particular focus on cyber threats and disinformation. In this context, they also agreed on the importance of the Western Balkans region.

During his visit to the National Assembly, the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation met with members of the Defence Committee. Later during the visit, he will address the participants of the NATO Innovation Challenge Pitch Day, meet with representatives of the military industry at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia and attend a briefing on the organisation and work of the NATO Mountain Warfare Centre of Excellence at Poljče.

Allied Command Transformation is one of NATO's two strategic commands, which is among other things responsible for the development of new doctrines and concepts, defence planning, capability development, and education and training within the Alliance.

A recording of the press statements is available at the following link:

Photo: Borut Cirnski, Zvone Vrankar

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