COL Zdeněk Mikula Dipl. Eng.
Future Forces Forum Future Forces Exhibition 2018
Head of the Mechanized & Infantry Department, Capability Development and Planning
Ministry of Defence
The Concept of Land Forces Development in Light of Security Environmental Changes
The main changes of the security environment and future battlefield generate new requirements for Land Forces. The MOD of the Czech Republic created The Conception of the Czech Army Development and consequently The Conception of Land Forces Development to deal with the changes. Both conceptions analyze the current situation and future possible development and define the End state, priorities and ways how to accomplish Capability Targets.
A soldier, associated into a manouvre unit, is decisive player across the battlefield. Increase of interoperability between dismounted infantry and armoured vehicles is crucial factor for success.
The main development projects supporting our goal and potential requirements for the armament industry are also outlined.
COL Mikula was born in Třebíč (Czech Republic) the 27th of October 1972. He started studying at the Military High School in Martin (Slovak Republic) in 1987 and graduated in 1991. He continued with his education at the Military University of Ground Forces in Vyškov (Czech Republic) and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1995 and master’s degree in 2000. He attended Defense Management as a postgraduate at the Military University in Brno from 2002 to 2003.
COL Mikula started his military service in the 1st Artillery Brigade in 1995 where he held the positons of Platoon Leader, Battery Commander, Chief of Division Fire Support Cell, Chief of G2, Battalion Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander. From 2010 to 2014, COL Mikula was assigned to the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade where he performed as Chief of G3/G5 and as the 41st Mechanized Battalion Commander. Since 2014, he has held the position as Chief of The Mechanized & Infantry Department of Capabilities Development and Planning Division (General Staff).
COL Mikula has been deployed in foreign operations in 2004 and 2006 KFOR - Kosovo, 2007-2008 NATO Training Mission – Iraq and 2011-2012 ISAF – Afghanistan (OMLT Wardak).