Lithuania replacing military officer in charge of military procurement

Ministry of Defence
DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

The decision regarding Užkuraitis, director general for capacities and weaponry at the Defence Ministry, has been made by Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis. Asked about the reasons behind the decision, the minister’s spokeswoman Vita Ramanauskaitė told BNS that it was a usual rotation scheme.

The colonel should take the post of operational assessment division chief in Brunssum in July. His replacement at the Defense Ministry is yet to be selected, as the decision will be part of the ministry’s public procurement reform, said Ramanauskaiėe.

Užkuraitis has been in charge of military procurement since October of 2014. During his term in office, Lithuania’s defense budget has been swelling, with decisions made to purchase armored vehicles, artillery and air defense systems.

Karoblis has pledged that a separate agency would be launched in early 2018 to coordinate military procurement. In the minister’s words, centralization will allow better control of acquisitions.

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