Petr Pelz is a Senior Fellow at the Prague Security Studies Institute.
Following his graduation from the Prague Technical University in 1978, Mr. Pelz immediately joined the Prague Geodetic Institute. For over the next decade, Mr. Pelz held various positions as a geodesist, including as manager, while simultaneously serving as a reserve officer in the Czech Army.
In 1990, Mr. Pelz joined the Czech Ministry of Interior as head of the Special Analytical Group, responsible for organizing the National Intelligence Committee, of which he later became Secretary in 1992, reporting directly to the Prime Minister.
He subsequently joined the Military Intelligence Service in 1993 as Deputy Chief with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In 1995, he was promoted to Colonel and appointed Chief of the Military Intelligence Service, achieving the rank of Brigadier shortly thereafter in 1997. That same year, Mr. Pelz was appointed Director of Defence Intelligence, responsible for coordinating the activities of the Czech Military Intelligence and Counterintelligence Services. During this time, he was also a member of the NATO Intelligence Board.
In November 1999, while serving as Director of Defence Intelligence, Mr. Pelz was promoted to the rank of Major General. Mr. Pelz later accepted the position of Defence Adviser to the Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations in New York, which he held from May 2002 to August 2006. While working for the Czech Mission to the United Nations, he chaired a working group on the reorganisation of UN intelligence and reconnaissance. Upon returning to Prague in 2006, he worked as an adviser to the Minister of Defence, finishing his active duty in December 2007.
Mr. Pelz was appointed Czech Ambassador to Afghanistan in April 2010, a position he held until September 2012. He joined PSSI in February 2013 and served as PSSI's Executive Director until March 2015.
E-mail: pelz at pssi.cz
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