Daniel Kočí

Daniel Kočí

Ladies and gentlemen, business partners, FFF participants and supporters,

 

In October, after four years as part of the European Presidency, Prague will once again become a meeting center for domestic and foreign defence and security experts. Domestic and international institutions and organizations taking part in its professional focus, aiming at the most effective cooperation of the public and the private sector are closely involved into the preparation of this long-term, continuous project to support the interests of industry, government, science, research and education, linking both the military and civilian sectors. Among the most important institutions with stable and active involvement are the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic and the Army of the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic, the Police Presidium, the Fire Rescue Corps, the Prison Service, the Customs Administration and other important state bodies. We also rely on broad institutional support and the professional involvement of many scientific and research organizations. Many leaders of not only  Alliance countries, EU structures and their partners, but also security specialists from almost the entire world are heading to Prague.

The current security situation, which has brought threats and risks that we have almost stopped admitting to ourselves, as well as modern challenges in this area for the nearest future, require an increasingly comprehensive approach and international cooperation both in solving them and in preventing these risks.Our project fully reflects these needs and offers a unique venue along with an ideal environment for experts from around the world to meet and discuss. By broadly compiling actions and activities at a high political, military and security level, including the formal deliberations of expert working groups, FFF deliberately fulfils this intention.

FUTURE FORCES FORUM is constantly developing and tries to respond immediately to current developments and, of course, to the future as well. It turns out that one needs to defend global security with allies as thoroughly as one's internal security. We therefore intend to focus this issue in a targeted manner.

In the framework of the exhibition, expert program, static and dynamic demonstrations, participants will have the opportunity to be directly introduced to the latest technologies in armament and equipment of the armed forces and other security forces, means of protection against weapons of mass destruction, critical infrastructure protection, population protection, unmanned and robotic technologies, capabilities that can be used in migration measures, border protection, defence against terrorism, principles of cyber security and ethics, crisis management systems, military-civilian cooperation (CIMIC), logistics solutions, the use of innovative materials and others. We are trying to expand constantly, to bring more and more important participants, more exhibitors introducing the latest noveltis and more significant experts to exchange their knowledge and experience. We believe that this will further increase the potential of our forum and that it will bring more contacts, expansion of knowledge and overall greater benefit for you and all participants.

The FFF is a platform for meeting leading experts, research and development staff, academia and representatives of the acquisition offices with industry and business representatives establishing contacts and developing cooperation to ensuring the necessary defence and security at national and international level. It presents the interests, needs and acquisition plans of armed forces, corps of the Integrated Rescue System (Police, Fire Rescue Corps, and Emergency Health Services), prison services and other uniformed units, domestic and foreign state administration, self-government, industry, latest science, research and education results. It interconnects and transforms the targeted public and private sector interest into effective long-term cooperation.

Finally, let me thank all top representatives both from the Czech Republic and abroad, all our partners, especially Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics, for their very important support, which we highly appreciate and which allows us the continuous development. I would also like to express my wish that this fourteenth evolution edition brings once again maximum professional enrichment to all  its participants. I believe that the Future Forces Forum will build on the undisputed success of the past years and will once again become a welcome opportunity for a joint meeting in a friendly work atmosphere.

On behalf of the entire Future Forces Forum team, I cordially invite you to take part of the FFF and look forward to seeing you in Prague.

Daniel KOČÍ
CEO of FFF

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