Conventional Weapons, Unconventional Threats | eKathimerini.com

The landscape of international relations is changing dramatically. The sooner we realize this, the better. The foreign and defense policy tools that we had at our disposal no longer exist, although this may not yet be entirely clear to us.

To start with the simple things, the way wars are fought has changed. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly referred to as drones, cyberattacks, hybrid warfare and information attacks are new elements that can determine the outcome of a conflict. States of greater or lesser power are both interested in these new factors because they upset conventional balances that we take for granted. They are a security headache, even for countries with great know-how and strong defense industries.

Greece is finally taking important steps to improve its defence. The gap created in recent years is being drastically resolved. Chronic and incredible problems, such as the supply of torpedoes for our modern submarines, have been solved.

However, we must take the bull by the horns and respond to new threats. This is not only a question for the military leadership and the Ministry of Defense. What is needed is immediate mobilization and collaboration with the private sector, universities, Kyriakos Pierrakakis’ team at the Ministry of Digital Governance and the Greek diaspora.

US President Joe Biden recently named former New York Mayor and billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg to chair the Defense Innovation Board, a panel designed to provide Pentagon leaders with recommendations on emerging technologies and innovative approaches. of development. People with vast experience, such as Bloomberg, will obviously ask questions that the Pentagon bureaucracy is reluctant to answer and will fill the efforts of the state, academia and the private sector in the field of defense.

We have wasted too much precious time in this country. We have reduced our defense industry to a public utility while demonizing any form of partnership between academic institutions and the armed forces. Taboos have finally been broken, which is welcome. But we cannot waste a single second in making the necessary leaps forward.

Greece is considerably strengthening its capacity in the field of conventional armaments. However, it must also strengthen its defenses against the unconventional threats that increasingly manifest themselves in 21st century warfare.

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