Twenty Years of the Army of the Czech Republic: How to Go On?


The main characteristics of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic—leadership, organization, doctrines, personnel and its preparation, weapons systems, material, infrastructure—has been continuously adopted since their creation in 1993. This article analyses three main strands of this process: the first one constitutes the changes in the global security environment and their impact on the role and tasks of armed forces. The second strand reflects the marginalisation of security and defence policy agenda, influencing the instability of armed forces. The last strand focuses on the growing role of international organisations during the provision of security and defence of the Czech Republic. In summary, the author identifies main challenges ahead for Czech political and military leadership.

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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