Defence and Security Industry Association of the Czech Republic (DSIA) associates companies engaged in research, development, production, trade and marketing services of military and security equipment, material and infrastructure in the Czech Republic. It was founded in 1997 as a non-governmental, independent, apolitical, non-profit organization. Since its foundation it is a respected partner of the Czech Government, the Ministries of Industry and Trade, Defence, Interior and Foreign Affairs With these institutions the DSIA signed a series of cooperation agreements.
The DSIA is a partner for some other organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, Confederation of Industry and Transportation of the Czech Republic. The Association also cooperates with publishing house MS Line on publishing a magazine called the Czech Defence Industry and Security Review which is a media platform for the Czech defence and security industry.
The DSIA promotes business and commercial interests of its members in dialogue with the Parliament, ministries, other government authorities and foreign partners. It became important participant in legislative processes. Its discussions at the “round tables” with representatives of the state administration or the Parliament allow to table defense and security industry questions at the most competent level.
The DSIA is a primary contact point for similar foreign institutions. It helps foreign firms to find suitable partners and vice-versa it helps the Czech firms to contact appropriate companies abroad.
The DSIA supports pro-export efforts of its member companies and helps them to look for new markets. It also participates in national pro-export policy drafting and engages in its implementation in a way to satisfy export interests of the DSIA members.
The DSIA also accelerates its priorities in official list of so called state supported specialized domestic and foreign fairs where it helps exhibitors to administer the state support, to negotiate better prices and to boost their PR activities.
The DSIA actively supports research and development activities of the member companies and helps them to create specialized groups for complex solutions to meet specific tasks.
The Association became an indispensable intermediary for domestic and international cooperation. It provides for exchange of information concerning tenders, supplies and demands. The membership in the Defense Committee of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) and the European Defence Agency (EDA) allows the DSIA to be party of discussions concerning future of the European defence industry. In NATO it is engaged through the NIAG activities. It also cooperates with NAMSA and is active in programs like AEW&C, AGS and standardization. DSIA is also active in education programs. It organized annual training courses for member companies, using the EU funding. The programs included the area of quality, standardization and cataloging in the security sector and defense industry. Currently the DSIA is running an educational project on how to increase Competitiveness of the Czech Defence and Security Industry.