Executive classes in most megacorporations are now openly criticizing Caldari Navy leadership and urging the Chief Executive Panel to take further action to reform the Navy, or even place it completely under control of officers drawn from corporate security forces
Galactic Hour News Roundup: Triglavian Invasion of Niarja Threatens Key Amarr-Caldari Trade Route
State Armed Forces is in bad shape, this hardly can be argued. I suggest to look into history and try to understand reasons of failures.
For a long time SAF was largely separated from megacorporative PMCs, had no authority over them even in wartime and lagged behind in terms of equipment and training. But things started to change with arrival of Tibus Heth and Templis Dragonaurs. YC 110 is notable for intensive preparations of SAF under guidance of CPD and Dragonaurs and famous Operation “Blue Phoenix”, capture of Caldari Prime.
Maintenance of military presence on captured planed showed problems of current system of SAF. As the result in YC 111 Caldari Providence Directorate submitted and Chief Executive Panel accepted a military reform, which was aimed at increasing of the transport and logistical capacity, number of front-line combat ships and military recruits and funding for R&D contracts… And giving SAF general staff increased authority over corporate military forces.
Despite CEP decision not all was happy about that reform. After vote Sukuuvestaa delegate Iidastoh Vapalmaa said for press:
This is a dangerous step in restricting corporate security’s ability to guard vital assets and privileged corporate information. Shared lines of communication are much harder to secure and the new arrangement endangers both property and employees. If it is necessary to submit to these rules when operating in these territories, our corporation will certainly be scaling back its previous plans to invest there.
Looks like Megas’ don’t like the idea of putting their profits at risk even for security of all the State, isn’t it?
And YC 115 come. After dramatic chain of events Caldari Providence Directorate was dissolved. And megacorporations quickly revoked some parts of reform: PMCs once again became independent from State Armed Forces.
Now let’s again look at one part of news article:
or even place it completely under control of officers drawn from corporate security forces
This make me think. What if corporations want to take Army and Navy under their full control so they will never see the threat for their rule from this part of society? What if they want to put them below their PMCs? And what if they intentionally eroded SAF so this moment for takeover can come?
Taking State Armed Forces under Megas’ wing can help in short-term. But I’m afraid that in long term in will turn SAF into just another tool of corporative warfare.
We can criticize Tibus Heth and Templis Dragonaurs as long as we want. But they at least tried to make a strong intercorporational military any caldari can be pride of. Time is come to learn the lessions from this part of our history.
Megacorporations should not keep their best equipment and staff for only themselves, but provide it for CEP-controlled SAF. Protection of the Homeland must lie not in hands of executives, but of every citizen of State.
Only in unity we can win.