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General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces

The General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces is a constituent body of the Ministry of Defence. It performs professional military functions related to the organisation, training and operation of defence forces. It provides professional military support to the President of the Republic of Slovenia, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia and the Minister of Defence and transforms political decisions into military decisions. It provides command support to the Chief of the General Staff along with technical scientific bases and resources necessary for the development and operation of the Slovenian Armed Forces and maintenance of the required level of readiness.

The Force Command of the Slovenian Armed Forces is directly subordinate to the General Staff. It issues orders for the commands and units of the Slovenian Armed Forces in Slovenia and abroad and provides host nation support.

The Slovenian Armed Forces constitute the defence forces of the Republic of Slovenia. They perform military defence independently or in cooperation with Allies based on international treaties. The defence of Slovenia is also ensured, in addition to the Armed Forces, by the non-military part of the defence system, which supports the functioning of the Slovenian Armed Forces and the Allies’ forces with its civilian capabilities and measures. The defence system of the State is activated as part of the response to a crisis, war or state of emergency. The most important functions of the Slovenian Armed Forces are the provision of readiness for military defence of the State, the fulfilment of obligations assumed by Slovenia in international organisations and through international treaties, and participation in protection, rescue and relief operations during natural and other disasters.

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