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"ODBRANA" (DEFENCE)Newspaper center

The “ODBRANA” newspaper center is an institution within the Public Relations Department of the Serbian MoD.
Its basic field of work pertains to informing the public on the functioning of the defense system, MoD and SAF’s work.
The “ODBRANA” newspaper center has a Section for Newspaper and Publishing, the Internet subsection, a Graphic Design Section, Photo Center, and General Affairs Subsection..

 

The founder of Odbrana magazine is the Public Relations Department.
The publisher is the “ODBRANA” N
ewspaper center.
The first issue was on 1 October 2005.
The new magazine under the title “ODBRANA” be launched instead of “VOJSKA” magazine.
“Odbrana" magazine carries on the tradition of Ratnik (The Warrior)-the first military paper launched in 1879.

 
No 69
       

 

 


EDITOR IN CHIEF
Lt.Colonel Slavoljub M.Markovic
Tel. + (381 11) 32 01 809

DEPUTY EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Radenko Mutavdzic
Tel. + (381 11) 32 01 808

ADDRESS
11002 Belgrade
Brace Jugovica 19, P.O. B. 06-1015
Fax. + (381 11) 32 41 363

MARKETING
+ (381 11) 32 01 765

SUBSCRIPTION
Tel. + (381 11) 32 01 995

E-mail: odbrana@beotel.rs
redakcija@odbrana.mod.gov.yu
www.odbrana.mod.gov.yu

The magazine is published on every 1st and 15th of the month

 

 


SUBSCRIPTION

- monthly subscription for MoD and SAF members - 160 RSD
- monthly subscription for subscribers making payments via Postal Savings Bank 180 RSD
- a 6-month subscription for 12 issues by 30. June of the current year is 1.080 RSD
- annual subscription for 24 issues by 31 December of the current year is 2.160 RSD

Outlets:
-at STAMPA and FUTURA PLUS newsstands
- at army bookstore at 22 Vasina Street in Belgrade

GYRO-ACCOUNT 840-49849-58 made to NIC "Odbrana"

 
     

Issue 69
01 August, 2008


02-03
ADVERTISEMENTS


04-05
CONTENTS AND EDITOR’S FOREWORD


06-07
EVENTS


08-11
INTERVIEW
Dr Obrad Vucurovic, rocket technique doyen
ORKAN HISTORY
An interview with retired general Obrad Vucurovic, PhD, the veteran of rocket technology who is the designer of orkan artillery weapon. Orkan missile system was developed in fortunate times, however, its future is unknown. It has remained the state-of-the-art weapon. General Obrad Vucurovic, engineer, has devoted himself to developing Orkan body and soul for 20 years already


12                   
EVENTS


13
Per aspera
COMMANDER OF THE DEAD ARMY
I do not hold it against Radovan Karadzic for choosing a dead reservist’s name, anyone can change names and get anew one if they wan to. But why did he hide for so long since he believes that his mission was an act of pure love of country and patriotism! He made himself more important than all those who laid their lives and perished for a futile and utopian project. All he has left behind he can recall are mostly graves.


14-15
IN FOCUS
Allotting military housing units in 2008.
HOUSE AT HAND
Who How were 67 military flats allotted? What were the criteria? What are the grievances of those dissatisfied with this decision? Will the retired and current members of SAF benefit from the changes introduced in the system of condo allotting when compared to the previous times ridden with machinations?

16-19
THEME
Upcoming Aviation Day
THE YEAR OF TAKE-OFFS ILINDAN (observed on 2 August) is an occasion to summarize the results of Serbian Air Force for the previous year. Our Air Force has grown stronger since last year. The commanders say that we are ready to respond to all the challenges placed before us.


20-21              
DEFENCE
Training soldiers
CERTIFICATES AS MOTIVATION
Awarding certificates serve as additional motivation factors for soldiers to achieve even better results. This is the first time soldiers have been awarded certificates which testify to the soldiers’ ability to perform duties they have been trained for which could be used later on to become professional soldiers or to do some special duties in the civil sector.


22-23              
HEALTH CARE
Medical service in the Serbian Army
SYSTEM WITH HIGH-STANDARDS
The beginnings of military medical service date back to the Minister of the Interior during Obrenovic’s reign Djordje Protic, who made a decision on 14 July 1839 to establish the first doctor staff in the then Serbian army which had some 4000 men then. The chief was Emercih Lindemayer. This is why on the proposal of the Medical Department in MoD, 30 July was set to be the Day of this service. Today the system of military health care represents a complex system of high standards which caters to the needs of military professionals and civilians too.

24-25
COOPERATION
The reform of the security sector
LEAVING THE GHOSTS OF PAST BEHIND
Public discussion on the reform of the security sector s a precondition for our integrations into EU, recently organized by the CIMIC centre in Belgrade, was used for testing the role and the possibility of civil sector’s contribution to this process.


26
SAF Air Force and Air Defence delegation’s visit to ONG
VALUABLE EXPERIENCES


27-58              
SUPPLEMENT
130TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MILITARY MUSEUM


59                   
GALLERY


60-61
SOCIETY
Prohibition of use of chemical weapons
RISK MANAGEMENT
Serbia stands a one of the most important members of OPCW in this part of Europe. Besides fulfilling its obligations, our country supports training and education not only of our but of foreign military personnel in this fields well.


62-64              
VISIT
To retired Colonel Rade Rajić, Phd
PATRIOTIC IDEAL
An officer’s calling is something which marks us, sets him apart. The burden of an officer is immeasurable. The only way to stand tall is if this officer’s actions are deeply rooted in true morale and patriotic feeling which should be nurtured at the Military Academy.


65
Kenan Stojkovic’s brave deed
DOING US PROUD
Is there a better example of bravery than the act of soldier Kenan Strikovic who demonstrated ultimate courage in the night between 4 and 5 July in saving the lives of victims of car crash on the ridges of Lim ravine? Had it not been for this brave man’s commitment and composure, probably two persons wouldn’t be alive today


66-67
WORLD
French army undergoing reform
PENTAGON THE FRENCH WAY
After a thorugh analysis of all possible cutting down of financial funds in an already reduced buudget of the French army, the French Minister of Defence Herve Moren announced the plan for unifying all command structures of the army. This plan known as Pentagon, the French way „Pentagon a la fransez”, pertains to creating one command centre with all the offices of the Ministry, General Staffma nd joining command structures and the staffs of all French army branches in one place.


68                   
MERIDIANS


69
Parallels
SUPERSONIC FIGHTERS UP AGAINST SUBSONIC CHARGERS
US AF Command posts were always reserved for supersonic airplane pilots who suppressed any thought of criticism to strike a balance between modernization and development.


70-73              
CULTURE
Nikita Mihalkov, Russian actor and director
THE INNER SIDE OF REALITY
That which is deeply national can grow to become international. If we try to copy the West, no one will find us interesting. To me, watching an American version of Ana Karenina, despite its top-notch technical level, is just as boring. There are things which can only be said with that what our inner souls.


74-76
FEUILLETON
Unrest in the army (3)
VIETNAM AND USSR
Before the outbreak of the war in Vietnam, US army officials’ assessment of the morale in the army was favourable.  However, the futile war that lasted several years took its toll resulting in an increasing disintegration of units and the first demonstration first of passive then of active resistance of soldiers who mostly came from black and poor white families. This resistance grow to become a sort of epidemic in the soldiers’ lines. USSR was neither immune to these problems and unrests in the army. A USSR Navy officer wanted to restore glory to the most revolutionist of all Russian military branches. Namely, he used and manipulated the mass dissatisfaction with the current state of the Soviet society and inspired rebellion in the Storozevoy frigate’s crew.


77
TIME MACHINE


78                   
SPIRITUALITY


79
ADVERTISEMENTS

80-81
JOB ADVERTISEMENTS


82
CHESS AND CROSSWORD


83
ADVERTISEMENTS

84
MINI POSTER