Czech Defence News of the Week (11 January – 18 January 2019)

Czech Defence News of the Week (11 January – 18 January 2019)
Author: major Miroslava Štenclová, army.cz|Caption: Dukla Spirit 2018 exercise, BMP-2
21 / 01 / 2019, 09:45

Security Information Service (BIS) believes the modern history and literature teaching at Czech schools follows a “Soviet narrative” - According to the Foreign Police data the illegal migration to the Czech Republic has stabilised since the 2015 migrant crisis - Czech Army started preparations for the biggest international exercise held in the Czech Repubic in 2019: the CZECH LION 2019.

  • In its annual report the Security Information Service (BIS, Czech counterintelligence service) said that the modern history and literature teaching at Czech schools follows a “Soviet narrative” making stutents more “susceptible to Russian propaganda”. A statement discussed among experts and historians, and mostly refuted. Although the Ministry of Education held talks with the director of the BIS, Michal Koudelka, on 14th January on the matter. According to him the issue is serious due to the hybrid threats period we appear to live in.

See also: Hybrid Threats: artificial intelligence, cybernetics and robotics

  • According to the Foreign Police data the illegal migration to the Czech Republic has stabilised since the 2015 migrant crisis. The police identified 4,992 persons staying illegally in the country which is 254 more than in 2017, with the vast majority being people who entered legally bu overstayed their visas: 4,653. Most of them were Ukrainians (1,470), Moldavians (567), Vietnamese (312), Russians (273) and Uzkekistanis (157). Transiting illegal migrants cases rose by 19 to 191.
  • On the other hand, Germany reports an increase in the number of illegal migrants entering Germany from the Czech Republic. The German Ministry of Interior’s data said the police intercepted more than 3,900 illegal migrants trying to cross the border from the Czech Republic in 2018, which is a 10.8 % increase compared to 2017. The Czech Minister of Interior Jan Hamáček said most of these were people who were staying legally in Germany but failed to present ID after making their shopping visit to the Czech Republic. The real increase of the number of illegal migrants in 2019 was 19 according to the Czech statistics.

See also: Czech Borders Protection to Face the Migrant Crisis

  • Czech Army started preparations for the biggest international exercise held in the Czech Repubic in 2019: the CZECH LION 2019. About 800 soldiers will take part, members of the Czech 7th Brigade Task Force (7th Mechanized Brigade, 73rd Tank Battalion, 132nd Artillery Battalion, 25th Air Defence Missile Regiment and the 22nd Helicopter Base) with mechanized troops from Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The major planning conference will be held in May, the exercise will take place from 30th September to 11th October. "The training aims to test the capabilities of the commanders and international crews to command subordinate units of the combat group, to jointly plan and manage the combat and react flexibly to the current development of the battlefield situation," Commander of the Czech Land Forces Major General Josef Kopecký said.

See also: Ample Strike 2018 – International Exercise in Czech Republic

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