Government approves plan for future Czech army role
The Czech government has approved a plan for the future role of the country’s military designed to reflect the new security climate across Europe. Thousands of new professional soldiers are to be recruited, and aging technologies replaced or updated.
Senator František Bublan, chair of the parliamentary Foreign Affairs, Security and Defence Committee gave his take to Czech Television on the government’s approved military plan:
“The army has been under-funded for a long time. The army carried out its own audit and then offered its opinion on where greater resources were required, including where certain defence systems, or weaponry, or expert personnel were lacking. This served as the foundation for formulating this conception, which is designed to address these issues. The end aim is to ensure we can defend ourselves. Although we have a professional army, past budget cuts have caused such deficits that it will take a number of years to put the military back on a more secure footing.”
Both the military and police conceptions are a reaction to increased public concerns over security across Europe in light of recent terrorist attacks by Islamic State and fears related to the ongoing migrant crisis.