New Market Research Report: Czech Republic Defence & Security Report 2011

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Jan. 9, 2011 - PRLog -- The Czech Republic is a highly stable country, having been one of the most prosperous and secure former communist states, and locked into the EU and NATO for the past several years. Political change in the country has taken place peacefully, and this shows no signs of abatement. The Czech Republic joined the EU in 2004, and has developed strong ties with the United States. It is also on good terms with its neighbours, managing to avoid disputes that have characterised many bilateral relationships in the region.

In October 2010, the Czech parliament's upper house voted in favour of a plan to boost the country's troop commitment in Afghanistan over the next two years, as reported by AP. By an overwhelming 57-5, the Senate agreed to deploy up to 720 servicemen in 2011, and up to 640 in 2012, meaning that in 2011, nearly 200 troops will join the 535-strong Czech contingent in Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led force. According to the defence ministry, the worsening security situation occasioned the increase. The upper house also approved plans to draw down the number of Czech troops from the NATO force in Kosovo incrementally, reducing the troop count from 550 to a mere 15 by 2012.

The Ministry of Defence has angled its procurement strategy toward the needs of its forces abroad, a clear sign that it sees international commitments as a pressing priority for the military, arguably above the domestic defence of the country, which is, at present, ultra-secure. In 2010, we estimate that defence spending was cut by 15.58% in dollar terms to US$2.485bn, or US$235.90 per head. In constant price terms, there was a reduction of 17%. This is not necessarily a new phenomenon; while the sharpness of cuts in defence outlay was due to immediate fiscal pressures, there has been a downward trend in expenditure as a proportion of government spending over the past decade, from 5.2% in 2000. is the decline has been mainly due to the increased security brought by the NATO security umbrella, shifting public opinion, and the recognition that defence dynamics are changing, and large-scale investment in heavy equipment and manpower are unlikely to define defence spending in the future.

Defence spending is unlikely to meet the NATO requirement of at least 2% of the country's GDP in the forecast period. However, BMI expects a significant rise in expenditure in the short term, as the Czech Republic's economy and budget pick up. We forecast a rise of 4.15% in defence spending in 2011, taking it to $2.588bn, or $245.30 per person. In constant price terms, spending will rise a more modest 2%. As a proportion of government expenditure, defence spending will rise slightly to 3.0% in 2011 and 3.1% in 2012. Over the medium to long term, the outlook is steady. In constant price terms, expenditure will rise to 2005 levels in 2017, but in both nominal and constant price terms, it will rise at a low to moderate rate.

All in all, the Czech Republic is unlikely to see a long-term boom in spending on its small and pareddown military, but the government will continue to commit funds to it as part of its international commitments.

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Partial Table of Contents:

Executive Summary
SWOT Analysis
- Czech Republic Political SWOT
- Czech Republic Economic SWOT
- Czech Business Environment SWOT
Global Defence Overview
- Global Hotspots
- Latin America: More Of The Same
- Western Europe
- Central Europe
- South Eastern Europe
- Russia And The Former Soviet Union
- Middle East: Mostly The Same Old Challenges
- Sub-Saharan Africa: Definitive Elections Pending
- Asia: Accommodating A More Powerful China
- Wild Cards
Global Security Outlook
Central And Eastern Europe Overview
Security Risk Analysis
- BMI's Security Ratings
- Table: Europe Security Risk Ratings
- Table: Europe State Terrorism Vulnerability To Terrorism Index
- Czech Republic's Security Risk Ratings
- City Terrorism Ratings
- Table: BMI's Central And Eastern Europe And Central Asia City Terrorism Index
Security Overview
- Internal Threats
- Extremist Groups
- Organised Crime
- Corruption
- Latest Developments
- Missile Defence System
- International Terrorism
- Latest Developments
Armed Forces And Government Spending
- Armed Forces
- Table: Regional Armed Forces, 2007 (Including conscripted, '000)
- Defence Reform
- International Deployments
- Table: Czech Republic Foreign Deployments
- Co-ordination And Joint Operations
- Weapons Of Mass Destruction
Market Overview
- Imports
- Exports
- Industry Trends And Developments
- Table: Czech Republic Defence, Key Players
- Procurement Trends And Developments
- Latest Developments
Industry Forecast Scenario
- Table: Czech Republic's Defence Armed Forces 2005-2008
- Table: Czech Republic's Defence Available Manpower for Military Service 2005-2008
- Government Defence Expenditure
- Defence Expenditure
- Key Risks To BMI's Forecast Scenario
- Table: Czech Republic's Defence Expenditure Scenario: Changing % Of GDP
- Table: Czech Republic's Defence Exports 2008-2015
- Table: Czech Republic's Defence Imports 2008-2015
- Macroeconomic Forecast
- Table: Czech Republic Economic Activity; 2007-2015
Company Profile
- Aero Vodochody
- How We Generate Our Industry Forecasts
- Defence Industry

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