Chief of General Staff’s Presentation at National Defence Executive Course
3 December 2015

Defence policy priorities were the main topic of discussion within the second day of National Defence Executive Course. Chief of General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces, Major General Vakhtang Kapanadze participated in the panel. His presentation referred to hybrid challenges and priorities of the Georgian Armed Forces. He estimated hybrid war as the fourth generation threat and outlined that in difference of conventional war, first of all special operation forces, intelligence units and media are under political, economical, social, psychological and military impact during hybrid threat. As Chief of general Staff stated, influence over the mentioned factors and continuous tension weakens defence capability of the country.

Major General stressed on hybrid elements Russia carried out against Georgia. He provided Abkhazia and 2008 August War as examples of hybrid threats and emphasized that Russian aviation, navy engagement and disinformation were the parts of hybrid war. Chief of General Staff also referred to the Ukrainian crises in the context of hybrid war. He devided the entire operation into 9 phases and highlighted that Russia launched the crises in the Ukraine with spreading disinformation, creation of its information space and discredit of high level officials of the local government.

“The presentation referred to the hybrid war and the steps the authority and armed forces have to take against it. I think the presentation was very interesting as it lasted in an interactive regime. I guess deepen knowledge of the audience from their questions. The topics weren’t new for the participants. I listened to many interesting questions from them. Similar trainings and working meetings are very important for the armed forces and civil society”, stated Major-General Vakhtang Kapanadze.

Chairman of Defence and Security Committee of the Georgian Parliament, Irakli Sesiashvili was one of the speakers of the panel. He spoke about civil control on the armed forces and its importance. As Irakli Sesiashvili stated, more transparency and accountability among the legislative and executive bodies will bring more effective result for the country. He estimated parliamentary control as supervision over politics and outlined that civil control is a format of bilateral cooperation and not inspection. Irakli Sesiashvili called the course participants form the various governmental bodies to be more open, pro-active and have more cooperation with civil society.

The members of NATO Core Team also attended the session together with the course participants and speakers.

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