06/11/2021 • The sixth issue of annual Defence and Strategy Conference held by the Centre for Security and Military Strategic Studies took place on 9 and 10 June 2021. The topic that attracted most interest from the audience concerned the contemporary coronavirus situation. The discussion touched the facts of how massive hybrid campaign of untrue and misleading information accompany the pandemics and the actions done by foreign agents to sway the situation in another nation.
Conference participants shared particular examples taken from the practical experience of contemporary crisis the affected countries had to face and showed how a democratic society can tackle the everyday disinformation challenge. Following this fact, an intensive discussion dealt with the topics concerning hybrid warfare concept and the question whether that contemporary phenomenon can significantly affect the security and military environment in each of the countries.
The D&S conference was arranged online due to the pandemics, contributed by almost 35 presenters from institutions ranging from China, European countries through Canada. Attendance consisted of more than five dozens of guests affiliated to both Czech and foreign universities, international institutions, private ventures, and defence structures. Contributors discussed topics focused on the issues of defence, security challenges, hybrid activities, military education, conflicts in the world, or military management.
The online conference was a unique event for the Centre for Security and Military Strategic Studies as well as for the entire University of Defence. Meetings in such a form support internationalisation, sharing know-how, maintaining and bolstering partnership, capability development and propagation of knowledge of evolution and effects of the particular aspects on national defence and security.
Author: Jan Břeň, photo: Viktor Sliva