Defence policy

The main directions of the foreign policy of Latvia are closely related to national security issues during active participation in the activities of structural units of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and European Union (EU). They stipulate continuing the close and active transatlantic dialogue and promoting the strengthening of strategic cooperation between Latvia and USA. Simultaneously, Latvia attributes importance also to the establishment of partner relations with the countries of Northern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Comprehensive defence

The comprehensive principles for state defence included in the legislative draft state that in the event of a war or military incursion, not only National Armed Forces but also state and municipal administration workers, as well as private and legal persons have the duty to perform activities to ensure state military and civil defence.

Overcoming a military threat is only possible with a full involvement of Latvian residents in the country’s defence. 

The National Defence Concept

International cooperation

Latvia has close cooperation in defence sector with Estonia and Lithuania, as well as with Nordic countries, our strategic partner USA and Canada, which is leading country of NATO's eFP battlegroup Latvia.

Public involvement

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is open for cooperation with civil society and invites non-governmental sector to actively participate in the policy planning and implementation processes of state administration.

The MoD has established a regular cooperation with the non-governmental sector in Latvia and abroad.


Latvian state administration, society and economy depend on the opportunities and services ensured by information and communication technology ( ICT), and ICT determines the existence of information society in Latvia.

With the increasing trend of society’s range and use of services in cyber space, the number of cyber attacks and methods in which attacks are carried out is increasing respectively.

Logistics and Defence Investments policy

Ministry of Defence formulates policy for the state defence technical support and logistics, draws up guidelines for the NAF, as well as prepares conceptual documents in the field of logistics.

Scientific research

Ability to guarantee the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Latvia and safety of its population must be seen in context with common environment of science, research, innovations, and technology development. The Ministry of Defence prepares a mediumterm plan for the development of scientific research and longterm guidelines for the development of science, research, and technologies.


Environmental protection

Environmental protection has always been a focus of the Ministry of Defence. Already in the year 1999, specialists of the Ministry and the Armed Forces developed the first Environmental Protection Strategy of the Ministry of Defence and the National Armed Forces, and the Action Plan for achieving the objectives set in it.