Gaining Operational Capabilities

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Strategic Goal:

Operational (combat, special) capabilities of the defense forces needed to guarantee repelling an armed aggression, defend the country and support peace and international security.

Expected results:

1) Joint capabilities of defense forces ensure a firm repulse of an armed aggression and effectively respond to military threats to the national security; defend Ukraine, protect its sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability; comply with Euro-Atlantic standards and NATO membership criteria; ensure capabilities of the defense forces to participate in peace keeping and international security missions.
2) Defense forces will acquire the necessary operational (combat, special) capabilities through the achievement of the following operational objectives in the priority order.

Operational Objectives:

1. Improve doctrinal documents on the training and employment of AFU and other components of the defense forces implementation, their joint training and on achievement of interoperability with the Armed Forces of NATO and the EU member-nations.

  • Expected results:

- Doctrinal documents for the training and employment of AFU and other components of the defense forces are brought in consistency with the modern standards on basis of ATO experience and in line with modern standards and principles of NATO and EU.
- Training of the Armed Forces and other components of the defense forces is organized and exercised according to a unified concept and plan and under single leadership.
- The national system of checks (certifications) and evaluation of the readiness of troops (forces) to perform the assigned tasks is adapted to NATO standards.
- Further development of the educational and infrastructure framework taking into account the needs of AFU and other components of the defense forces.

2. Optimization of organizational structure and composition of Defense Forces, classification of effective combat strength of the Armed Forces based on the level of readiness to perform the assigned objectives during the time of peace.

  • Expected results:

- The general structure is defined in legislation; main functions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other components of the defense forces are specified based on the experience of their joint employment and establishment of services (Special Operations Forces and Airborne Forces).
- The organizational structure and the number of command bodies, military units, military schools, institutions and organizations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other components of the Defense Forces is optimized and standardized.
-  The effective combat strength of the Armed Forces is classified by the levels of readiness to perform assigned tasks during the time of peace, taking into account operational requirements and national resource limitations for their support.

3. Unification of weapons and special hardware as well as repair, modernization and procurement of new models for the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other components of the Defense Forces.

  • Expected result:

new national standards (technical regulations) of special hardware for all the components of defense forces are developed and introduced. Major types of weapons and special hardware are adapted to NATO standards. The weapons and special equipment are restored (repaired or their service or useful life is extended) and modernized refurbished; new modifications are developed and purchased in accordance with the requirements of defense forces and allocated resources.

4. Create special operations forces as a separate branch in line with NATO standards.

  • Expected result:
- Main tasks, principles of employment and functioning of the Special Operations Forces (hereinafter – SOF) of the Armed Forces together with their command system are determined and regulated in the legislation in accordance with the objectives of Special Operations Forces of NATO member-nations.
- Designated military units of the services of the Armed Forces are subordinated to the Special Operations Forces Command.
- SOF are formed, equipped and trained, a training center is established for them, candidates are selected, and the SOF units are manned.
- The organizational and manning structure of Special Operations Forces is optimized to match the NATO criteria.
- The establishment of NATO interoperable structures for certain tasks has been properly regulated.

5. Establishment of the effective system of military intelligence based on NATO principles and standards.

  • Expected results:

- The structure and number of command and control bodies and intelligence units of the Armed Forces are optimized; their capabilities of gathering intelligence and implementing special activities in the interests of the employment of AFU and other components of Defense Forces are increased.
- The intelligence units are interoperable with foreign partners and intelligence systems of the defense forces components in accordance with the principles and standards of NATO.
- The process of gathering and analysis of intelligence data is automated and an integrated intelligence management system is established at all the levels based on NATO principles and standards.

6. Restoration of the national naval potential.

  • Expected result:

naval capabilities of Ukraine enhanced to the level sufficient to defend the coastline of the Black and Azov seas, protect inviolability of the state border and sovereign rights of Ukraine in its exclusive (maritime) economic zone and ensure participation of Ukraine in international (joint) operations led by NATO and the EU. The development of infrastructure for the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine continues.

7. Reforming the military law enforcement service in AFU into the military police.

  • Expected result:

reform of the military law enforcement service in AFU into the military police, its overall structure and its major functions including the right for pre-trial investigation of criminal offences committed by military personnel of AFU against the established procedures of military service and the rights for operational investigations are defined in the legislation. Military police has augmented its capabilities and its organizational structure is optimized in accordance with the new structure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.