Jaroslav Naď serves as the Minister of Defence of the Slovak Republic since 21st March 2020. Prior to joining the anti-corruption political party OLANO and thus entering politics in 2018, Naď acquired ample experience in the area of security and defence in both civil service and the non-profit sector. He is former deputy director at Globsec and former director and founder at Slovak Security Policy Institute. From 2004 to 2013 Naď served in the Slovak civil service and diplomacy rising to the Head of Defence Section at the Permanent Representation of Slovak Republic to NATO and EU in Brussels. He is a graduate of Matej Bel University (Mgr., PhDr.) and Armed Forces Academy of General Milan Rastislav Štefánik (Phd.). He also underwent training and courses at the U.S. State Department, European Security and Defence College in Brussels, NATO School in Oberammergau and George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch.
The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of NATO’s forward-looking security strategy and also highlighted the significance of geopolitics in Alliance cooperation. For over 70 years, NATO has maintained political solidarity and proven its ability to adapt to new security challenges. Against the backdrop of this pandemic, NATO principles will be tested like never before. As adversaries attempt to undermine the Alliance, through kinetic and non-kinetic means, NATO decision-makers will have to reconsider how they assess emerging security challenges and plan for an array of contingency scenarios using all the resources at NATO’s disposal. How is NATO repurposing its defence planning and logistical capabilities to address the second wave of COVID-19? What is the best strategy to maximize the effectiveness of the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre? What is the appetite within the North Atlantic Council for NATO to engage in climate security? Will the Four-30s initiative be delivered in time or an in a modified form amidst shortened manpower and dwindling budgets? What options are available to strengthen the centrality of the transatlantic bond?