World Bulletin / News Desk
Slovenia's premier on Thursday gave the army chief of staff his marching orders after one of its key brigades failed a NATO combat readiness test after years of defence spending cuts.
"Since the chief of staff has ultimate responsibility for the army's readiness, work and operational use of all units, the government has dismissed General Andrej Osterman," Miro Cerar said.
After coming close to needing a bailout following the global financial crisis, Slovenia slashed defence spending by a third between 2010 and 2017 to one percent of economic output.
According to Katic, this will rise to 1.14 percent by 2024, still shy of the target set by NATO allies in 2014 of raising defence spending to two percent over a decade.
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