Defence Forces in Focus

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www.military.ie Foreword The mission of the Defence Forces is to contribute to the security of the state by providing for the military defence of its territorial integrity and to fulfil all roles assigned by government through the deployment of well-motivated and effective Defence Forces. The Defence Forces continues to operate in a very demanding environment both nationally and internationally. Through this publication we hope to convey a sense of the dynamic, versatile and professional forces that are constantly evolving to meet the considerable demands placed on the organisation and its operational capabilities annually. Significant challenges lie ahead for the Defence Forces due to the diverse nature of conflict, crisis management and the current economic climate. It is our intention to be prepared for what may lie ahead and to this end we have phrased the following tag-line, in order to encompass the varied roles the Defence Forces carry out on a daily basis; Defend, Protect, Support. Page 1

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