Slovenia Defence and Security Report Q1 2014
Our View: Defence expenditure as a proportion of GDP rose in the last decade, from 1.15% of GDP in 2000 to 1.6% of GDP in 2010. However, it has declined since then, and we forecast defence spending to remain at 1.2% of GDP in 2013, rising to 1.3% by 2015. This is well below the NATO European average of 2.2% and below the 2% target that NATO members adopted as a target for 2014.
For budgetary purposes, the Slovene armed forces are not divided into army, air and naval forces. Of total active armed forces, 7,500 belong to the land brigade, 530 to two air battalions, 47 are employed in one naval battalion and 4,500 are paramilitaries, all of whom are members of the armed police service. In addition, the Slovene military has an estimated reserve force of 20,000 and a further 5,000 reserve paramilitary personnel.
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