The relevance of the study at the theoretical level is conditioned by the inconsistency of modern needs of domestic methodology and regulatory framework for state strategic planning, including strategic planning for the development of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, taking their capabilities into consideration. The purpose of the study is to develop a conceptual model of strategic planning for the sustainable development of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The methodological framework of the study are both general scientific methods and special methods. Specific regularities concerning the state of combat capability of the Armed Forces and the integrity of the process of strategic planning of the Armed Forces development are determined, which describe their influence on changes in the state of the Armed Forces in the future. The process of sustainable development of the military sphere, namely its influence on the Ukrainian society, is considered. Additional defined principles for forecasting the military power of the Armed Forces, consistency with the state strategic planning, partial openness of information and scientific substantiation are proposed, which are taken as a basis for hypothesising and developing rules for determining the development strategy of the Armed Forces.The practical significance of the study lies in the fact that the proposed conceptual model of strategic planning of the Armed Forces development, which is based on the provisions of legal acts on strategic and defense planning, takes the results of defence reform and defence review into consideration and provides for determining specific patterns and principles of choosing the development strategy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Keywords: Concept, armed forces, defence planning, long-term perspective