Operational Analysis: Key Capability Supporting Decision-making


The defence environment is complex and dynamic. This is a result of the nature of modern conflict, rapid changes in technology, the need to deal with uncertainty in the face of limited sources, changed attitudes to risk and the sheer diversity of actors from different cultural backgrounds. Defence-decision makers are confronted with an increasing operational complexity that has strategic implications. Decisions on defence policy and strategy are characterized by uncertainty and risks. This Article describes differences in Hard and Soft Operational Analyses, and presents some examples and conclusions for military practice.

Ing. Pavel Zůna, MSS., Ph.D., Col. (Ret.), born in 1962, Military College of the Ground Forces at Vyškov; graduate of the European Training Course in Security Policy (ETC), Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP); the Strategic Leadership Course, U.S. Army War College. Among others he worked as a deputy defence attaché in Belgium, defence attaché in Great Britain, with the accreditation for Ireland, director of Military Diplomacy Division, Military Intelligence; Deputy Director of Military Intelligence. From 2005 till 2010 he worked at the Doctrine Institute, Training Command-Military Academy (IDo VeV-VA), Vyškov. Since March 1, 2010, head of the Department of Lifelong Learning, Defence University. As the head of this department he is in charge of further careers and vocational education of officers of the Army of the Czech Republic. His Ph.D. degree was obtained at the Defence University, in a doctoral programme Military Economics and Management.

Country: Czech Republic


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