The future of the Czech Army: business breakfast

September 17. 2021 | Ostrava

A business breakfast on the future of the Czech Army was held as part of the professional accompanying program of the NATO Days in Ostrava, where the changes of the army during the last decades and challenges for the future were discussed. Apart from the change in the state’s defense doctrine, the most significant events include the depoliticization of the army, the professionalisation that accompanied the abolition of basic military service, and the modernization of technology, armaments and equipment. One of the most important painful places is the issue of military acquisitions. Uncertainties also exist over the amount of the defense budget in the coming years, as the covid-19 pandemic has hit Czech public finances hard. Ivo Vondrák, Governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region, Jakub Landovský, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to NATO, and Josef Bělica, Member of the Committee on Defense of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, spoke at the event organized by the Institute for Politics and Society.