THE FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS OF THE FORCE PROTECTION SYSTEM ACCORDING TO THE NATO STANDARDS

Abstract

The level of the threat of large-scale invasion of the Russian armed forces in Ukraine is staying high yet. This requires commanders and headquarters to intensify their work to protect troops in order to minimize their vulnerability to the negative effects of the forces and means of the aggressor. The experience of conducting the operation of the Joint Forces in selected areas of Luhansk and Donetsk regions during the 2014-2015 makes it possible to assert that the existing Force Protection (FP) system in the Armed Forces and the National Guard of Ukraine at that time was not on a perfect level. From that exact time the process of active reforming of indicated military formations has begun, including the field of FP. It is known, that the strategic goal of Ukraine is the membership in the NATO. To obtain membership in the mentioned Organization, it is necessary to create the appropriate conditions. One of these conditions is the transition of the Armed Forces and the National Guard of Ukraine to the standards of the North Atlantic Alliance, including FP standards. Taking into consideration the strategic goal of Ukraine, it is necessary to implement reforms of these military units in the direction of FP, according to the standards of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. FP in NATO is understood as a complex of measures and means to minimize the vulnerability of personnel, facilities, equipment, materiel, operations, and activities from threats and hazards in order to preserve freedom of action and operational effectiveness that facilitates successful mission accomplishments. To the Fundamental Elements of NATO FP include: Tactical Area of Responsibility Control; Air Defence; Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defence; Resilience; Military Engineering Support to FP; Consequence Management; Medical FP and Force Health Protection; Security. A research on study the NATO standards in the field of FP, their comprehensive analysis and adaptation to the realities in which the military formations of Ukraine are currently operating, will allow to improve the existing FP system and implement it in the activities of the Armed Forces and the National Guard of Ukraine.

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Author Biographies

Vadym Yevsieiev, The National Academy of the National Guard of Ukraine

PhD, Military Sciences, Deputy Chief of the Department

Sergey Pavlenko, The National Academy of the National Guard of Ukraine

PhD, Military Sciences, Deputy Chief of the Department

Oleksandr Mynko, The National Academy of the National Guard of Ukraine

Student officer of military postgraduate studies

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Published
2019-12-20