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The weakest army in Europe - the armed forces are at an end
Contribution from MB »Apr 02, 2010, 12:34 pm
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Lack of fuel, tanks with mileage restrictions, secret renunciation of conscripts: the armed forces are degenerating into the weakest army in Europe.
By Gernot Bauer Among officers of the 3rd Panzer Grenadier Brigade in the Raab barracks in Mautern, Lower Austria, optimism is likely to have evaporated. At the New Year's reception on January 14th, Brigade Commander Anton Wessely had praised the achievements of his association: training of the Chad contingent, exercises "Kombatt 094" and "Seahorse 09", disaster relief during the floods in the Mostviertel and in the Wachau. For 2010, according to Wessely, the training of the Kosovo contingent is on the roster.
Austria's highest-ranking officer, Chief of Staff Edmund Entacher, praised his comrades in his address: "I am deeply convinced that the 3rd Panzer Grenadier Brigade can and will carry out the tasks assigned to them to the fullest satisfaction of everyone."
Except for your own satisfaction: According to profile information, the training operations of the 3rd Panzer Grenadier Brigade are in part on the verge of collapse. In the coming year, the training of the tank grenadiers will take place without the Ulan infantry fighting vehicle for cost reasons. This has reached a new top value on the armed forces' open-topped scale: Panzer grenadiers without tanks are like cavalry without horses.
The Armed Forces - a powerless force with frustrated generals, an overwhelmed defense minister and a secret commander-in-chief who is neither in the Hofburg nor in the Defense Ministry in the Vienna Rossauer barracks, but in a federal office building at Hintere Zollamtsstrasse 2b: Josef Pröll. On March 9, the Minister of Finance, together with Chancellor Werner Faymann, ordered his government colleagues to make drastic budget cuts. On March 10, Defense Minister Norbert Darabos proved himself to be the recipient of orders with hasty obedience: "I see it as my task to realize the savings." With an annual budget of around two billion euros (0.7 percent of GDP), this has to be done Armies that have been underfunded for decades will save 80 million euros in the coming year alone, 129 million euros in 2012, 151 million euros in 2013 and 169 million euros in 2014. The armed forces play in their own operetta league among the European armies. Comparable countries invest significantly more in their armed forces: the Czech Republic 1.7 percent, Slovakia 1.5 percent, Hungary 1.2 percent. Only Ireland and Luxembourg are similarly stingy in the EU.
How threatening the consequences of the recent cuts are for the army emerges from a directive from the minister (No. 219/2010) to the sections and the general staff that became known last week: “The consolidation contribution to be raised is solely through“ efficiency and effectiveness measures ” not achievable ". The “planning of budget requirements” is to be “completely restructured”, while procurement “completely new paths have to be explored”. The planned reform of the armed forces was "significantly affected".
By the end of April, the General Staff should work out savings concepts. The circulating variants are dramatic: reduction of air surveillance, halving of the vehicle fleet, decommissioning of Leopard tanks, redimensioning of foreign missions, abolition of individual branches of arms such as artillery.
One thing is certain: the entire operation will be reduced, the armed forces will be switched from economy gear to idle. A guard and lock company with conscripted teenage staff remains on duty, who on patrol in Burgenland strengthens the population's subjective feeling of security; a fire brigade with heavy recovery equipment; a technical aid organization for civil protection. And maybe not even that. In the event of a flood of the century, 5,000 soldiers would still be ready for action instead of 10,000 in 2002.
Third World Army. So far unknown details make the miserable condition of the army clear.
* As in a Third World Army, the fuel for the vehicles is slowly becoming scarce. In some associations, the petrol reserve has fallen to 25 percent of the requirement, 75 percent is mandatory.
* For cost reasons, kilometer limits have been set for all tanks. The Leopard battle tanks, for example, are only allowed to drive around 70 kilometers per year in practice. In the case of Panzerbataillon 33 in Zwölfaxing, this mileage limit was already reached at the end of March.
* According to profile information, only about ten of the 48 tank destroyers are currently ready for use. 71 additional tanks are unused and greased in the garages.
* As planned, major maintenance work is due in the army's fleet, especially at Puch G and Pinzgauern. The financing is open, savings potential has already been identified: Chief of Staff Entacher announced that he intends to disarm 1,000 of the total of 9,000 vehicles. The procurement of all-protection transport vehicles for use abroad was canceled at short notice.
* Still not all recruits receive the new combat uniform, but do their basic military service in the same uniforms as their fathers.
* The training of the recruits in the various branches of service, the central task of the army, is de facto no longer taking place due to the deployment of assistance.
* According to profile information, the army command deliberately refrains from calling up up to 1000 capable young men annually. From 2011 onwards, up to 2,000 conscripts should not have to enlist. That saves money, but coldly abolishes general conscription.
* Far-sighted generals had already warned in 2002 about the high operating costs of the Eurofighters, according to the Court of Auditors up to 100 million euros annually. The use of the interceptors is therefore running smoothly. Individual jets are already being cannibalized as spare parts stores. Real airspace security like in January during the World Economic Forum in Davos is only possible for a short time. After that, overtime has to be cut. The training of new pilots is unclear. In an act of desperation, the previous training machines, the 40-year-old Saab 105, could be overhauled again. There is also no money for new helicopters.
* Despite increased investments under Norbert Darabos, the barracks and crew quarters are in a desolate condition, according to a current report by the Ombudsman's Office. The commander of the Vega-Payer-Weyprecht barracks in Vienna even calls his facility a “life-threatening ruin”.
Home weakness. A dispute has evidently also broken out among the generals about the readiness of the armed forces. The deputy chief of staff, Othmar Commenda, recently drew a positive picture in front of the national defense committee, with a comparison suitable for the federal ministry for national defense and sport: even a football team does not have to be fully operational until the match day. Commenda's superior, Edmund Entacher, is likely to be less optimistic. According to a situation report by the chief of staff, from which the magazine “Format” quoted, “territorial national defense” is currently not feasible.
Instead of a comprehensive defense of the homeland, the scant funds are to be used for missions abroad. 1200 soldiers are currently deployed internationally from the Balkans to the Golan. In the first half of 2011, the armed forces, under Dutch leadership, provided an infantry company, staff and military police - around 180 soldiers in total - for the EU battle groups, the European Union's rapid reaction force in crisis areas. And in the second half of 2012, Austria will even take on the role of Logistic Lead Nation with 350 soldiers under German command. In addition, the government under Defense Minister Günther Platter promised a framework brigade for future European armed forces, a total of 3500 men including two battalion-strength combat units - a grotesque self-overestimation in view of the budget situation. According to the Chief of Staff's situation report, the army can currently neither contribute to EU defense nor combat operations in international crisis management.
According to Norbert Darabos' office, this was never seriously planned. The defense minister these days likes to refer to recent investments. The groundbreaking ceremony for a new institute building for the army troop school in Bruckneudorf took place just two weeks ago (twelve million euros). Towards the end of 2010, the army will receive its first of 150 new multi-purpose vehicles (110 million euros). And on March 11th, Darabos handed over nine new excavators (1.3 million euros) to the troops: “In spite of all prophecies of doom, investments are being made in the armed forces.” It will be the last investment for many years.
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