December 16, the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania approved the National Security Strategy update. According to Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas who headed the National Security Strategy review working group, the shifts in the security environment required a reassessment on how to strengthen national security interests by rallying the efforts of the state and citizens.
The international system is becoming less and less predictable as a result of global and regional processes observed in the recent years. Authoritarian states are challenging Western democracies. The main threats Lithuania is facing are presented by Russia, Belarus and China,” said Minister.
The new version of the National Security Strategy highlights three national security policy priorities and pillars that shape the objectives: readiness for defence of the state, increasing resilience of the state and the society, and contribution to an international security architecture that aligns with Lithuania’s interest.
“A focussed development of the three pillars embedded in the document will ensure deterrence of potential aggressors and effective defence against military, hybrid and other threats to national security,” said Minister of National Defence A. Anušauskas.
“The revised document also includes objectives that aim to further the world order based on international law and a stronger Euro-Atlantic community. The Lithuanian foreign policy priorities laid out in the Strategy will strengthen the representation of Lithuania’s interests in the world,” Minister added.
The National Defence Strategy update also focusses heavily on the development of the model of total defence, enhanced readiness of the state to crisis management, stronger resilience of critical infrastructure and sectors against the sway of authoritarian regimes.
The document also includes the objective to increase the combat power and readiness of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, primarily focussing on land warfare capability development, as large as possible permanent presence of the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, and other allies in Lithuania and the region , and stronger military cooperation with Poland, Latvia and Estonia.
The document sets s goal to create a unified crisis and emergency management system, ensure its integration with the mobilization system, and strengthen the protection of the external European Union borders.
Another priority area is modernization of the state border guard, especially advanced technological surveillance system and a stronger physical protection.
As concerns the area of economy, measures are planned to be developed to motivate Lithuanian businesses to reach out to markets and cooperation in democratic states.
The last version of the National Security Strategy was approved in 2017 and in force until today.