Kassym-Jomart Tokayev tasked RK Defense Ministry to modernize management system

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The President of Kazakhstan, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, took part in an expanded meeting of the board of the Defense Ministry, reports with reference to the press service of the Head of State.

The meeting was attended by the head of the Presidential Administration Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Assistant to the President - Secretary of the Security Council Kalmukhanbet Kasymov, First Deputy Prime Minister - Finance Minister Alikhan Smailov, Minister of National Economy Ruslan Dalenov, as well as senior staff of the Defense Ministry.

The head of state stressed that Kazakhstan has a compact, mobile and efficient army, the main mission of which is to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state.

"Today we are witnessing an aggravation of geopolitical contradictions, the emergence of new conflicts. The forms and methods of warfare have changed; the share of precision weapons and other types of modern weapons increased. Therefore, during the "Aibalta" exercises, I instructed the Defense Minister to make the appropriate changes to the Concept for development of the Armed Forces," said the President of Kazakhstan.

Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev tasked the Defense Ministry to modernize the management system to minimize the time of decision-making. He also pointed out the importance of robotization, introduction of digital technology, artificial intelligence and unmanned systems.

"First of all, due to technological improvement and modernization of weapons, it is necessary to further strengthen the combat potential. As part of the comprehensive re-equipment, the army will be provided with modern weapons and equipment. The leadership of the Armed Forces must demonstrate integrity, consistent systemic approach and financial discipline," said the Head of State.

The President of Kazakhstan also talked on the issues of raising the level of operational and combat training, improving the military education system. According to him, the training programs should take into account non-standard situations, the most modern forms and methods of combat, the use of new types of weapons and equipment.

“As part of training personnel and military-patriotic education, it is necessary to train military engineers, IT specialists, robotics, artificial intelligence specialists. This is the so-called SMART generation. I suggest, on the basis of the Zhas Sarbaz movement to create SMART-SARBAZ groups at the specialized physical and mathematical schools ", - said Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev.

The head of state noted that a symposium on peacekeeping planned next week will give impetus to the development of peacekeeping potential and further promotion of Kazakhstan’s status as an active state-peacemaker. According to him, we need to expand the range of our participation, sending not only infantry, but also engineering, reconnaissance, medical and other units demanded in UN peacekeeping missions.

During the meeting, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev pointed to the need to further strengthen military discipline and the morale of military personnel, and increase their social security.

At the end of the event, the Supreme Commander studied the work of the Center for strategic management of the Defense Ministry.
20:07, 23 May 2019


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