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Dear readers,

Please, let me introduce another issue of the Obrana a strategie journal, bringing an above-average number of attractive texts, which attests to the growing interest of authors and readers in our journal. Before briefly introducing its contents, I would like to point out some of the currently implemented or prepared changes, which will affect the Obrana a strategie journal in 2015. In order to increase the attractiveness of our periodical, we are preparing modernisation of its visual style for the following year. Similarly, the rules for publishing have been updated. The most important change which will affect all prospective contributors consists in updating the templates for contributions, which have been completely revised, adjusted and simplified. The second important change is the discontinuation of the forum, mainly due to the low interest of authors in this feature, allowing for maximum share of the peer-reviewed content of the journal and better accessibility for foreign databases.

The contents of this issue start with two articles related to Africa. The first one, from the pair of authors Tomas Cernohous and Zdenek Kriz, deals with the capability of the African Union to exercise political, peacekeeping, and peacemaking role within its doctrine of conflict management. The second text, from Zdenek Ludvik, focuses on the current security situation in African Mali with an emphasis on the retreat of the state authorities, or replacement of its authority by another one, and its disintegration and fragmentation. Also the following two texts are thematically related, both dedicated to the countries of the Visegrad Four. The first one, by Jakub Kufcak, is dedicated to austerity cuts in defence budgets and their impact on the armed forces of the V4 countries. The pair of authors Michal Paulech and Jana Urbanovska aims to explore the content of mutual military cooperation of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia in the building of a common EU battle group.

The following two papers take us into the world of modern technology. The article by Adam Strauch deals with the latest anti-satellite weapons and their slow proliferation. Nikola Schmidt dedicates his text to the concept of a hybrid war, which is, due to the recent events in the world, becoming and increasingly examined phenomenon in security studies, along with a few selected conflicts, with an emphasis on information operations. The problem of system dynamics and its application in the process of sharing military capabilities is the topic of the article by Antonin Novotny and Dalibor Prochazka. Another contribution is from Vendula Divisova and addresses strategic communications in counter-insurgency NATO operations. The final article, by Libor Stejskal, is dedicated to voluntary civil participation in ensuring national defence.

In conclusion, I would like to wish you all the best in the coming year 2015 and thank you for your previous attention on behalf of myself, the Editorial Board, and all co-workers who participate on the publishing of the Obrana a strategie journal.

Libor Frank

Chairman of the Editorial Board

Vazeni ctenari,

dovoluji si vam predstavit dalsi cislo Obrany a strategie, ktere prinasi nadprumerny pocet atraktivnich textu, svedcici o rostoucim zajmu autoru i ctenaru o nas casopis. Jeste nez strucne predstavim jeho obsah, rad bych upozornil na nektere aktualne realizovane nebo pripravovane zmeny, ktere se dotknou casopisu Obrana a strategie v roce 2015. V zajmu zvysovani pritazlivosti naseho periodika pripravujeme pro nasledujici rocnik modernizaci jeho vizualniho stylu a rovnez jsou upravena pravidla pro publikovani. Nejdulezitejsi zmenou, ktera se dotkne vsech pripadnych prispevatelu, je aktualizace sablon pro psani prispevku, ktere byly kompletne revidovany, upraveny a zjednoduseny. Druhou vyznamnou zmenou je zruseni Volne tribuny, ktere bylo motivovano zejmena nizkym zajmem autoru o tuto rubriku, snahou o maximalni podil recenzovaneho obsahu casopisu a jeho zprehledneni pro zahranicni databaze.

Co se obsahu tohoto cisla tyce, tak hned na uvod se muzete seznamit se dvema clanky venujicimi se Africe. Prvni z nich, od dvojice autoru Tomase Cernohouse a Zdenka Krize, se zabyva posouzenim schopnosti Africke unie vykonavat politickou, peacekeepingovou a peacemakingovou roli v ramci jeji doktriny managementu konfliktu. Druhy text, z pera Zdenka Ludvika, se zameruje na aktualni bezpecnostni situaci v africkem Mali s durazem na ustup statni autority, resp. jeji vytesneni autoritou jinou, a jejim rozpadem a fragmentaci. Rovnez nasledujici dva texty si jsou tematicky blizsi, pricemz se oba zabyvaji zememi Visegradske ctyrky. Prvni v poradi, od Jakuba Kufcaka, se venuje uspornym skrtum v obrannych rozpoctech a jejich vlivu na ozbrojene sily statu skupiny V4. Autorska dvojice Michal Paulech a Jana Urbanovska si klade za cil prozkoumat obsah vzajemne vojenske spoluprace mezi CR, Madarskem, Polskem a Slovenskem v ramci budovani spolecne Bojove skupiny EU.

Do sveta moderni techniky nas zavedou nasledujici dva texty. Clanek Adama Straucha se zabyva nejnovejsimi protisatelitnimi zbranemi a jejich pozvolnou proliferaci. Nikola Schmidt se ve svem textu venuje konceptu hybridni valky, ktery se vzhledem k nedavnym svetovym udalostem stava stale zkoumanejsim fenomenem bezpecnostnich studii, a nekolika vybranym konfliktum s durazem na informacni operace. Problematice systemove dynamiky a jeji aplikace v procesu sdileni vojenskych schopnosti je venovan clanek Antonina Novotneho a Dalibora Prochazky. Dalsi prispevek je od Venduly Divisove a zabyva se strategickou komunikaci v protipovstaleckych operacich NATO. Posledni v poradi je clanek Libora Stejskala, venovany dobrovolne obcanske participaci pri zajistovani obrany statu.

Zaverem mi dovolte, abych vam jmenem svym i jmenem redakcni rady a vsech spolupracovniku, kteri se na vydavani casopisu Obrana a strategie podileji, popral vse nejlepsi do nadchazejiciho roku 2015 a podekoval vam za vasi dosavadni ctenarskou prizen.

Received: 14 December 2014

Accepted: 14 December 2014

Published online: 15 December 2014

doi: 10.3849/1802-7199.14.2014.02.003-004

Libor Frank

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