Bulgarian Soldiers

Bulgaria changes the way it organizes military.

Smart Defense in the Information Age

April 2013, Number 04.02

“Technological developments have improved the quality of human life. Constant improvements in information, transportation, energy and other technologies make the exchange of goods and ideas increasingly fast. Information technology is the main engine for this progress and its potential seems unlimited.

New technologies, however, have also made our world more dangerous, as most security challenges, though not new, have been intensified by spectacular technological progress. New technologies not only leverage the potential of old threats, such as terrorism and organized crime, but have created new challenges, such as cyber security.

In addition, Europe was struck by a financial crisis that deeply affected defense budgets.1 In the face of these challenges, Bulgaria is working to transform and restructure its armed forces. In the past 20 years, Bulgaria has transitioned from being a stalwart of the Soviet Bloc to a member of NATO. By joining NATO in 2004 and the European Union in 2007, Bulgaria achieved its strategic goal of becoming part of the Euro-Atlantic community as a foundation for its security and prosperity...”

Excerpt from Sevdalin Stoykov, “Smart Defense in the Information Age,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 4, No. 2, 2013: 30-35.

Lt. Col. Sevdalin Stoykov is a chief expert in design and development of C4I systems at the Bulgarian Defence Institute. Previous assignments include positions in the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence related to research and development of communications information systems, modeling and simulations. Lt. Col. Stoykov holds a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, California, and a doctorate from the G.S. Rakovski National Defence Academy in Sofia. He is a 2012 graduate of the Marshall Center's International Fellows Program.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.