Strategic Documents of the Czech Republic and Ministry of Defence Acquisitions

Abstract:

This article aims to reflect a digression into the history of selected strategic documents, which processed the Ministry of Defence or was in the processing involved - in connection to the planning of acquisitions. The ambition of the article is not a comprehensive evaluation process, but only the selected aspects. After many years of decreasing Czech defence budget, is here the opposite situation. In connection with the new situation it is necessary to rethink the current approach to this topic; to ensure maximal security of the Czech Republic and in a figurative sense NATO and the European Union also. The fact, that the Czech strategy document was among the best in the EU, does not mean that defence spending is automatically efficient.

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Antonín NOVOTNÝ, Ph.D. (COL ret.), born 1963. In 1985 he graduated from the Military College of Ground Forces in Vyškov and served at commands positions to 1988. From 1988 till 1991 he attended postgraduate studies, branch of study Military Intelligence. In 1991 – 2008 he served at various positions within Military Intelligence. From 2008 till 2010 Defence Adviser at Permanent Delegation of the Czech Republic to NATO HQ and Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to EU in Brussels responsible for horizontal security and strategic issues. He attended several professional intelligence courses abroad and in 2012 the Modular Short Course at NATO Defense College in Roma. In 2011-2012 senior lecturer of Security Studies Group, the Department of Lifelong Learning, University of Defence (UoD) in Brno. Since November 2012 working as an assistant professor in Centre for Security and Military Strategic Studies, UoD. He is also Member of the Editorial Board of Defence & Strategy journal. In 2015 he finished PhD study at the University of Defence. He is specialised in the problems of pooling and sharing, security threats and risks, armed conflicts and development of the security environment.​

05/09/2016

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