vara bungas: Ko tik neatradīsi svešvalodās… Piemēram, LV un EE pētnieku-politologu (Māris Andžāns, Viljar Veebel) politkorektas pārdomas par abu valstu aizsardzības koncepcijām “Deterrence Dilemma in Latvia and Estonia: Finding the Balance between External Military Solidarity and Territorial Defence” . Nepelnīti maz uzmanības šim darbam. Lasiet protams ne tikai šo citātu:
[..] Considering the fact that Estonia and Latvia are attempting to protect themselves against the same potential threat – a possible aggression from the Russian side – it is definitely intriguing that they seem to have chosen different approaches in developing their respective national defence models. While Latvia is relying on a limited number of professional forces without any compulsory military service, Estonia is using conscription as a bulwark on top of the same type of resources. To highlight the differences, the Latvian National Armed Forces during peacetime should consist of 6.5 thousand professional soldiers, 8 thousand home guards and 3 thousand reserve soldiers (State Defence Concept of the Republic of Latvia 2016). However, the number of combat-ready home guards and reserve soldiers is estimated to be at least twice as small given the still relevant conclusions of the State Audit Office (2015) and the high rate of no-shows of the reserve soldiers for training2.
At the same time, the Estonian armed forces include 5.7 thousand active servicemen (including the active conscripts), 37.8 thousand conscripts registered for compulsory military service and 16 thousand members of the voluntary Estonian Defence League. In total, 269,59 thousand people are listed in the register of the Estonian reservists (The Defence Resources Agency of Estonia 2017, see Figures 1 and 4 of the respective report). If Latvia’s wartime structure of the armed forces is considered to consist of approximately 17.5 thousand men and women (as assumed to be during peacetime (State Defence Concept of the Republic of Latvia 2016)), whereas in reality it is approximately between half and two-thirds of that number, Estonia’s wartime structure of the armed forces is estimated to reach 60 thousand (The Estonian Defence Forces 2016)”