Egypt Institute Journal (Vol. 6- Issue 23) / studies

Armies and their readiness in the face of the Covid-19 Pandemic

July 2021

Retired brigadier general in the Lebanese army and a military and political researcher

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This study reviews the effects of the spread of the Covid-19 Pandemic on armies around the world, especially their readiness, operational tasks, training and military equipment, as well as the role of armies and security services in supporting health and administrative authorities to address this pandemic.

The armies have addressed the Covid-19 Pandemic as they usually do in facing an organized attack, as they have taken preventive measures, including preparing instructions to prevent the spread of the virus. Also, military activities were reorganized, procedures were taken to preserve the readiness of forces and the national security interest of the state by protection of individuals through the use of the triple: quarantine, closure and social distancing, in addition to wearing masks. Later, the vaccination became mandatory for all military personnel.

The strange thing about the phenomenon of the spread of the Covid-19 Pandemic is that although the global economy has dramatically declined, the armament sector alone has flourished amid the rise of spending on arms deals, in pursuit of ensuring the strength reasons for self-defense or assaulting others.

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