TALLINN - The Defense Ministry's plans to swap the nation's "total defense" strategy for a leaner, meaner version of the armed forces has run into criticism from several leading political parties. The Defense Ministry planned to present a new defense strategy paper in February 2004 based on a new assessment of national security concerns that would essentially exclude any direct military threat to the country over the next 10 years. According to the ministry, Estonian Defense Forces must seek out fewer servicemen but attract a group of better quality. In the future the armed forces should fa...
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