The article is a polemic reflection over the potential concept and vision of defence and EU combined armed forces, from the military point of view. It recalls previous efforts and present activities to implement common security and defence policy in practice. It is a short analysis of conditions under which the EU is situated, and in general contours it characterizes possible advantages of common European armed forces. It expresses author's opinion that by forming "European Pillar" in NATO, the transatlantic linkage between the EU and the USA will not be weakening, but on the contrary, it will be strengthen. The author uses the terms "European army" and "common armed forces of EU" that he takes as synonyms and therefore he asks the reader to take this fact in account.
Asoc. Prof. Milan Kubeša, PhD. (Col., ret.), born in 1949. Military Academy Brno. Practise: command and staff posts in the tactical and operational levels of units and staffs, scientist at the of Operational Art Institute and teacher at the University of Defence in Brno. He developed numerous of study materials and methodological tools for teaching students and also participated in the scientific projects. Currently he is teaches at the Centre for Defence and Military Strategic Studies, University of Defence, Brno. He is a expert on the issue of military-strategic and operational aspects of the development, preparation and use of Armed Forces.
Country: Czech Republic