President: Increased responsiveness must be Army’s new goal


At the Ministry of Defence review meeting yesterday, Traian Basescu stated the Russian Federation’s lack of predictability “forces us to analyse potential alternatives and reaction possibilities.”

The Romanian Army must set the constant increase of its responsiveness as a goal within the context of events in Ukraine, besides carrying out missions abroad, President Traian Basescu said on Thursday.
‘In my opinion, as I have already said in the report, if the major priority of the Romanian Army so far was to carry out its mission outside the national territory, from now on it has to set itself a new goal besides the previous one; this is the constant increase of its responsiveness. It’s not because Romania is under any attack; but when events like the ones that have resulted for a neighboring state in territorial losses to the Russian Federation occur to the east and north of our border, neither the country leaders, nor the army can avoid reacting. And the first reaction of the politicians and of the Romanian Army must be the increase of the Army’s responsiveness,’ Basescu said, quoted by Agerpres, after the presentation of the 2013 report of the Ministry of Defence.
He pointed out that this means allocating additional resources on the budget review and an adequate planning for 2015, so that the Romanian Army uses the additional financial resources to increase significantly its responsiveness.
Traian Basescu announced he has presented an analysis of the regional situation at the Ministry of Defense review session, and mentioned the Russian Federation’s lack of predictability “forces us to analyze potential alternatives and reaction possibilities.” “We cannot view the 2008 incidents – when the Russian Federation occupied Abkhazia and South Ossetia – as isolated. It’s obvious it was the same in Georgia in 2008 and now, in 2014, in Ukraine. Any politician and military strategist must ask himself what and who is next.
Whether it is Transnistria, the Republic of Moldova, or the south of Ukraine, from Crimea to Odessa and the Danube’s outfalls until the Chilia Branch, these are questions anyone can ask, given the Russian Federation’s lack of statements or a steadfast attitude.”
Despite considerable cutbacks in military budgets due to the crisis, Basescu went on, we cannot help but notice the Piranha program is coming to an end, a program which has equipped the Romanian Army with modern fighting machinery, or that the C130 airplane rehabilitation program has been concluded; nor can we ignore the fact that the Spartan program, which has enabled the purchase of troop transport aircraft, has one more such airplane to deliver.
“We cannot help but notice other programs aimed at modernising the Army’s fighting capacity, modernisations which have already been carried out in the frigate division, or that payments have already been made for multirole aircrafts which will enhance the Romanian airspace’s ability to defend itself,” the President pointed out.
On the other hand, Basescu said he believes the Army’s level of preparation is between ‘good’ and ‘very good,’ but slightly closer to ‘very good,’ given existing resources. The head of state also noted that “had we provided more resources, the level would surely have been ‘very good.’”
“At the review meeting, I pleaded for the use of our resources, within the current parameters, in achieving our top priority of enhancing the Romanian Army’s reaction capabilities,” he said further.
Defence Minister: Romanian military’s activity, appreciated worldwide
National Defence Minister Mircea Dusa on Thursday said that the activity carried out by the Romanian military was appreciated worldwide, a thing also underscored by Romania’s President Traian Basescu and by Prime Minister Victor Ponta, on the occasion of the presentation of the National Defence Ministry’s (MoD) activity report on 2013.
‘We are a few days away from a special event. We celebrate 10 years since Romania joined NATO, an outstanding achievement for Romania in 2004, when it was received in NATO, as full member. During the 10 years, over 40,000 Romanian military were rotated in the theatres of operations, very many Romanian Army officers carried out activities within NATO’s structures and EU’s military bodies,’ Dusa said.
He showed that at the self-evaluation on Thursday, they assessed the manner in which the Ministry’s leadership, the General Staff acted in 2013 to fulfill the objectives of modernizing and restoring the Romanian Army’s operating capacity.
On the other hand, the Minister says that the 2012-2016 governing program created the necessary conditions for an increase of the operational capability of the Romanian armed forces and for the implementation of a human resources management model which should mean professional development and evolution of the military personnel: ‘Over the last 10 years since our country joined NATO, Romanian military gave Romania honor and dignity. The 2012-2016 governing program intends to provide the strategic continuity elements along the coordinates of NATO, of the European Union, and of our strategic partnership with the United States’.
The Prime Minister Victor Ponta, the Minister of Internal Affairs Gabriel Oprea, the Romanian Intelligence Service Director George Maior and the Army Chief of Staff Stefan Danila also attended the presentation of the Ministry of Defence report by Minister Mircea Dusa.

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