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Karel Řehka

Czech Republic

COL Karel Řehka


Future Forces Forum Future Forces Exhibition 2016 Future Soldier Systems Conference (FSSC) 2016

Director Special Forces
Ministry of Defence - General Staff


Presentation

Technology and Industry from the Czech SOF Perspective

Czech Special Forces recently underwent their own transformation and are working on new capabilities. Todays constantly developing strategic and operational environments require new approaches to operational use of technology. That applies to both assymetrical and conventional conflicts. Czech Special Forces represent unique customer. Their cooperation with defense industry poses numerous challenges but it offers some uniques opportunities as well. The aim of the presentation is to explain what is unique about Czech SOF from the perspective of technology and industry and to offer some ideas on potential future requirements.


Curriculum Vitae

Military education:
• 1993 – 1997 Military University of the Ground Forces, Vyškov (Reconnaissance Branch)
• 1996 Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK (Commissioning Course)
• 1999 RANGER Course, USA
• 2002 Forward Air Controller Course, UK
• 2003 Brigade Staff Course (State Defence Management – Crisis Management), Military Academy, Brno
• 2016 General Staff Course (The Centre for Security and Military Strategic Studies - CSMSS), Military Academy, Brno
Career experience:
• 1997 – 2000 6th Special Brigade – team commander
• 2000 – 2001 Military University of the Ground Forces – staff officer foreign affairs section and master studies (Reconnaissance Branch)
• 2001 – 2002 32nd Tactical Air Force Base – Forward Air Controller – team leader
• 2002 – 2006 6th / 601st Special Forces Group – Cmpany Commander and Centre (battalion) – commander
• 2006 – 2009 Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (NATO, Germany) Special Forces Branch – staff officer
• 2009 – 2010 Special Forces Directorate – staff officer Ministry of Defence – Military Assistant to the Minister of Defence
• 2010 - 2014 601st Special Forces Group – SFG commander
• 2014 Special Operation Forces Directorate (MoD) – SOF director
Deployments:
• 1999 – 2000 KFOR – Kosovo– reconnaissance troop commander, Reconnaissance Company
• 2004 Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan – deputy commander, Special Forces Contingent
• 2006 – 2007 ISAF – Afghanistan – staff officer, Special Operations Command and Control Element
• 2007 – 2008 ISAF – Afghanistan – staff officer, Special Operations Command and Control Element
• 2011 ISAF – Afghanistan – commander, Special Operations Task Force

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