Conceptual Changes in the Army after 1989


The basic task of the post-1989 period was to formulate a security policy and a strategy ensuing from it. The strategy had to be based on a synthesis of the international policy concept, defence concept and internal security concept to ensure that defence would not be seen solely as the task of the army and the Ministry of Defence, but of the whole state and society—of every citizen. In this article his author evaluates some aspects of the armed forces transformation in process of adaptation. He assesses these changes with regard to approved strategic and conceptual documents that significantly determined this gradual transformation process. He identifies both same of its successes as well as failures. The study does not have a clearly analytical and evaluative character; rather it is a combination of factual information drawn from official sources, country's practical security policy as they appeared in contemporary Czech press, and opinions of the author.

Assoc. prof. Josef Procházka, PhD, born 1966. He is graduate of the Military Academy Brno (VAAZ), 1990–1996 he served with the troops in the field of technological and automobile support; 1996–1999 staff functions at the General Staff and the Ministry of Defence, line of work logistics and acquisition; 2000-2007 Institute for Strategic Studies (ISS) Brno; 2007-2011 Department of Defence Policy and Strategy, Ministry of Defence. From the year 2011, defence advisor to the Czech Permanent Delegation to NATO – sources and armaments. His military career was finished in 2007. Doctoral study programme management of state defence, he graduated from the University of Defence Brno in 2005. From 1999 till a 2004 he served in SFOR and EUFOR missions, at the region of Bosnia and Herzegovina; in 1995, 2002 and 2008 he was abroad, on short-term attachments on logistics, management sources, security policy. In 2005, General Staff Course, Brno. He is an author of publications and articles dealing with managements sources, defence planning, logistics and armaments. Josef procházka currently works as a Director of the Centre for Security and military strategic studies.

Country: Czech Republic


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