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Estonia Unveils New Defense Procurement Organization

Estonia has launched a new defense organization that will work to consolidate procurements of the country’s defense ministry and subordinate establishments.

The defense ministry said Monday the Estonian Centre for Defence Investments will also oversee defense construction activity and property management.

Estonian Defense Minister Margus Tsahkna said ECDI will free defense forces from non-military tasks and provide common management for procurement- and infrastructure-related matters.

The country’s defense spending volume for 2017 is $166 million and ECDI aims to carry out 500 procurements and 100 infrastructure projects.

EDIC will begin operations with 120 personnel and Rauno Sirk, former chief of staff of Estonia’s air force headquarters, will serve as director of the new institution.

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