Since the onset of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, armed forces have a played a key role in the international response providing logistics and medical support to civilian authorities. In the aftermath, however, Slovakia-based global think tank Globsec told Army Technology that the effects of the pandemic on armed forces will be long-lasting and could shift the way the countries handle defence procurement for decades to come.

Globsec Policy Institute director Alena Kudzko told Army Technology: “The increased realisation of the need to localise key national security industries will lead to further rethinking and readjustment of production chains. Moreover, there is already discussion underway on how to prevent the acquisition, by foreign powers or malign actors, of financially afflicted companies that are critical to national security.”

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