The Participation of Civilians in Military Activities: Military-Governmental and Military-Industrial Complex


The article deals with the problem of a certain militarization of a society, supposing country's military establishment is expanding its scope of activities to government or economy. From this point of view, the military and their civilian counterparts could be seen as "imperium in imperio" and such a model of military as a state within a state. There are a military-governmental complex and a military-industrial one in each state and both ought to be under civilian authorities' control, in order to prevent the democratic state from being fallen under influence of this complex. Although the notion was sketched more than fifty years ago, the military-industrial complex theory has been still living, and author gives some examples of the evolution of military-governmental and military-industrial complex.

Lt.Col. Ing. Bohuslav Pernica, Ph.D., born in 1973, Military University of the Ground Forces (VVŠ PV) at Vyškov, among others he served as a chief of the finance management of antiaircraft missile regiment, 1998-2007 lecturer and senior lecturer both at the University of Defence Brno and the Military University of the Ground Forces (VVŠ PV) at Vyškov, where he obtained Ph.D. degree in national defence economics. From 2007 till 2009 he was a planner and a system analyst at the Ministry of Defence and the General Staff; in 2010 he worked at the Training Command Vyškov-Military Academy as the chief of division. On December 1, 2010, he became an advisor to the first deputy of defence minister. He is involved in economic aspects of running and financing professional armed forces, namely the question of their position on the labour market, problems of preserving their personnel structures, the place of armed forces in public finances. Author of several vocational books and publications, e.g. Phenomenon of Alternative Service 2007, Professionalization of Armed Forces 2007.

Country: Czech Republic


Leave a comment