Expect snap checks of combat readiness, says Defense Minister

Scheduled as well as random inspections will be carried out at the National Armed Forces to make sure that the army is combat ready, Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (Development/For!) told a press conference April 29.

The Defense Ministry's priorities include increasing the Armed Forces' battle readiness, which concerns all five brigades - the Mechanized Infantry Brigade as well as all four Home Guard brigades, said Pabriks. It also means that all logistical and supply networks have to function flawlessly, explained the minister.

A task force for comprehensive national defense held its first meeting on the ministerial level the same day, and on May 2 the task force will hold another meeting, at state secretaries' level, said Pabriks. During the initial meeting, ministers reached agreement that crisis management training will be held at each ministry in the near future.

As a result, state institutions' cooperation in crisis management will improve, said Pabriks. The training will also help see what resources are insufficient. International experts will judge the results of the training, and Latvia is in particular interested in hosting experts from Finland, said Pabriks.

The Defense Ministry also wants to prompt residents' involvement in the comprehensive defense system, so they know what they must do in order to defend their country. A booklet with all the necessary information for residents will be released in the fall, the booklet will also be available online, added Pabriks.

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