Institutionalisation of the Analytical Support Function to Ensure Credibility of Defence Management - Canada, Norway, Sweden and NATO Case Study


The paper outlines several recommendations for strengthening the institutional framework of the analytical support function for credible defence management. Recommendations are drawn based on the outcome of the institutional research project named Strategic Alternatives conducted by the Centre for Security and Military Strategic Studies of University of Defence (CSMSS). The multi-objective research focuses on organisational arrangement of the analytical support function within the overall ministry of defence organisational architecture of several countries (Canada, Norway, Sweden) as well as the NATO structure and management (in this case, the main focus embraces the analytical support to defence planning). Analytical support to defence decision making process in these countries enjoys a long-term tradition which goes back to the period of WWII. The way the analytical function is understood is highly relevant also for the enhancement of credible defence management in the Czech Republic and its Ministry of Defence.

Assos. prof. Josef Procházka, Ph.D., born in 1966. In 1989 he graduated from the Military Academy of Antonin Zápotocký in Brno.  He occupied junior and staff officer assignments in logistic support. In years 2000 – 2007 he was appointed as an analyst at the Institute for Strategic Studies of the University of Defence in Brno.  He conducted two operational deployments (SFOR 1999, EUFOR 2004). After accomplishing his active military service in 2007, he was involved in the Czech Republic defence policy and strategy formulation and worked at the NATO HQ in resource management. Since 2014, he became the deputy director of the Centre for Security and Military Strategic Studies of the University of Defence. His scientific focus embraces defence policy, defence managements and planning

Country: Czech Republic


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