Read more: 11ᵗʰ Czech Military March

Annually, there are two marches in South Moravia – one in May and one in September. The first called the „Military March“ is in the beginning of May commemorating the end of the second world war on 8th May 1945, and the second called the “Czech Statehood March” is at the end of September to remember Czech statehood on the 28th of September which is also the anniversary of death of St. Wenceslas 929 or 935.

The Joint CBRN Defence Centre of Excellence (COE), in close cooperation with the Arms Control, Disarmament and WMD Non-Proliferation Centre (ACDC), organized the CBRN Consequence Management course from 28 March to 1 April 2021 to support the NATO-Istanbul Cooperation Initiative Regional Centre (NATO-ICI RC). This course was conducted virtually as a mobile education training team due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Protective measure

The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated how unprepared the world and NATO were to handle a pandemic of this scale, even after the improvements made in civil and military biological defence and consequence management based on previous pandemics, most recently influenza A(H1N11). The security and resilience of NATO depends substantially on NATO and its member states being prepared for future pandemics.
The Joint CBRN Defence Centre of Excellence (JCBRND Defence COE) initiated a comprehensive report to address CBRN defence capabilities within the biological defence domain based on COVID-19 observations, lessons identified, and lessons learned. The JCBRN Defence COE intends to provide CBRN expertise and experience to the benefit of the Alliance in prevention, protection, and recovery. In addition, the JCBRN Defence COE intends to continue to provide operations support to NATO's current and future crisis efforts; especially with our CBRN reachback, modelling and simulation, and strategic-level and operational-level planning.

The Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Centre of Excellence (JCBRN Defence COE) conducted a discovery experiment to inform implementation of civil-military comprehensive CBRN capabilities.

Since 2009, Strategic Level Policy has emphasized NATO’s comprehensive approach for preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and defending against CBRN threats. The aim of the discovery experiment is to inform the implementation of CBRN comprehensive civil-military capabilities by providing the prerequisites for further concept development, propose improvement of existing ones, and support mutual awareness of existing military and non-military capabilities. The experiment includes workshops with invited military and non-military stakeholders to inform and support the experiment.

The year 2020 just passed, and we started the new year 2021 with optimism and great expectations. In 2020, we faced many challenges, but it also provided us opportunities.