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About Us

The Association of the Officers in the Reserve “Atlantic” (AORA) is a non-governmental, non-for-profit organization registered in Bulgaria according to Bulgaria’s legal requirements. It was established in February and registered by the Sofia City Court in March 2004. The main goals of AORA are:

  • To disseminate knowledge and experience on current security and defense issues;
  • To support the development of sustainable and close relationships between NATO countries and Bulgaria in the area of national and international security and defense;
  • To advance and strengthen the transatlantic links;
  • To support and facilitate the development of analyses, concepts and strategies for the expansion of NATO and the Euro-Atlantic security zone;
  • To facilitate the understanding of reforms in the areas of foreign policy, internal order and defense, security, and sustainable development;
  • To facilitate the democratic processes of defense and security sector transformation;
  • To contribute to the development of democratic and civil-military relations;
  • To contribute to the development of effective parliamentarian and civilian oversight of the security sector;
  • To support the effective contribution of reserve officers and citizens to national security;
  • To assist the effective realization of reserve officers in the civil society.

Members of AORA are generals and officers in the reserve: members of Bulgarian Parliament; with scientific degrees and titles; defense diplomats, with experience in the structures of NATO and in governance and participation in peacekeeping operations. Some of the members have raised to senior government positions, others are joined to the NATO structures.

Membership is voluntary. AORA does not discriminate on basis of race, religion, gender, ethnic or political affiliation.

AORA is represented by Chairman of the Managing Board
Maj. Gen. Sabi Sabev (Ret.).

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