Slovenia plans to stop the decline in its defence spending, according to the White Paper presented by the Ministry of Defence in Ljubljana on 21 January, gradually increasing it from the current 1.02% of GDP to 1.5% in 2024 and 2% in 2024–35.
The White Paper estimates the strength of the 7,038-strong Slovenian Armed Forces (Slovenska Vojska: SV) rising from the current 6,364 professional and 674 reservist soldiers to 8,000 and 2,000, respectively, by 2035. This is to occur in stages, reaching 7,000 professionals and 1,000 reservists by 2025, and 7,500 and 1,500, respectively, by 2030. Half the SV’s ground component is to be deployable and therefore organised, equipped, and trained to operate outside national territory.
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