Volodymyr Horbulin (Ukrainian: Володимир Павлович Горбулін, (born 17 January 1939 in Zaporizhia, Ukrainian SSR) is a Ukrainian statesman and politician, Head of the Council for Foreign and Security Policy, former secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, former Head of the National Space Agency of Ukraine, Dr. of Engineering Science, Professor, member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Director of the Institute of National Security Problems at the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.
Education and Academic Degrees
In 1962, he graduated from Physicotechnical Faculty of Dnipropetrovsk University and got the mechanical engineer’s diploma (“flying crafts”). In 1994, V. Horbulin took the degree of Dr. of Engineering Science. He became the Professor in 2005 and the member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in 1997.
Rocket and Space Technologies
In 1977–1990, he worked at the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine, and in 1980 he headed the sector of the rocket and aircraft technologies. He was involved in all programmes of establishing rocket-and-space and aircraft equipment in Ukraine.
In 1990, he was appointed the Head of Subdivision of Defense Complex, Communications and Machine Building of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, then in 1992, he took the position of General Director of the National Space Agency of Ukraine. He managed the development and implementation of the first National Space Programme of Ukraine (1992–1994). Horbulin is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics.
In November 2000, V. Horbulin became the member of Presidium of the Committee of State Prizes of Ukraine in Science and Technology.
National Security and Defense
In August 1994, V. Horbulin was appointed the Secretary of the Council of National Security under the President of Ukraine; in October 1994, he became the adviser to the President of Ukraine for National Security Issues. In August 1996 – November 1999, he was the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. V. Horbulin is the co-author of the "Concept of National Security and Defense of Ukraine", the "State Program of Building and Development of Armed Forces of Ukraine", and other fundamental state policy documents.
Until November 1999, he headed the State Interagency Commission for Cooperation with NATO and co-headed the Consulting Committee under presidents of Ukraine and Poland, co-headed the Secretariat of Kuchma-Gore Commission.
From July 2000 to December 2002, he held the position of the Head of the State Commission for Military-Industrial Complex of Ukraine and was the Deputy Head of the Governmental Committee for Defense, Military-Industrial Complex and Law Enforcement. He supervised and developed the State Programme of Armament and Military Equipment Development and the Concept of Structural Reorganization of Military-Industrial Complex of Ukraine.
Following the Order of the President of Ukraine (January 2003), he established and chaired the National Centre of Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine.
From March 2003 to January 2005, he was the Deputy Head of the State Commission for Reformation and Development of Armed Forces of Ukraine, directly participated in development of the Strategic Defense Bulletin of Ukraine for the period to 2015, the Military doctrine of Ukraine (June 2004) and the Law “On Fundamentals of National Security of Ukraine” (June 2003).
In December 2003, V. Horbulin established and headed the Institute of National Security Problems of Ukraine at the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.
In May 2006, V. Horbulin was appointed acting Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. He headed the development of the Strategy of National Security of Ukraine.
In October 2006, he became the Adviser to the President of Ukraine. Horbulin took part in development of the Concept of Reformation of Security Service of Ukraine and the White Book “The Security Service and Intelligence Agencies of Ukraine”.
Volodymyr Horbulin was the first editor-in-chief of 'Strategic Panorama' scientific and practical magazine.
In December 2009, he initiated and founded the Council for Foreign and Security Policy. On 4 December 2009, on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Budapest Memorandum, along with other Ukrainian statesmen, diplomats and public activists he initiated the International Security Forum to be held 15–16 April 2010 in Lviv, Ukraine.
Awards and honours
V. Horbulin is the Laureate of the State Prize in Science and Technology (2002), Laureate of the USSR Prize in Science and Technology (1990), Laureate of M. K. Yangel State Prize of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (1988). Volodymyr Gorbulin was awarded Orders of the Red Banner of Labour (1976 and 1982), the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise of the 5th grade (04.1997) and 4th grade (01.2004 ), and medals. He is the honoured mechanical engineer of Ukraine (1994) and was given the Certificate of Honour of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (01.2004). V. Horbulin also has foreign awards.
- 'European Security: Possible Way to Mitigate Challenges and Threats', Volodymyr Horbulin, Oleksandr Lytvynenko, 13 November 2009, No. 43 (771), Dzerkalo Tyzhnya
- National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine
- National Space Agency of Ukraine
- Council for Foreign and Security Policy