Management, Defence, and Security in an Era of Uncertainty, Crises, and Conflict
Guest editors: Col. prof. eng. Tomasz Jałowiec, assoc. prof. Aneta Wysokińska-Senkus, prof. ing. Zuzana Dvořáková

In times of uncertainty, crises and security cross boundaries within the framework of conflict and cooperation. Living in a fast-changing and interconnected world in which complex global crises shape human existence requires effective management to maintain a secure and safe future for the nation and the state. Managing crises – be it rapid digital transformation trends, globalisation or environmental emergencies – is indispensable to ensure sustainable development. Complex global and domestic crises make every decision harder to take and require decision-makers, either from the public, private or non-profit sector, to work under greater stress and require a higher quality of formal education, knowledge of more advanced management concepts and methods, and more advanced leadership skills. This Special Issue is dedicated to presenting interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical research embedding management, defence, and security crossing boundaries under the pressure of uncertainty, crises, and conflict. We seek manuscripts that provide local or global perspectives on present-day problems related to the three issues from the perspective of social or technical sciences. Original, novel assumptions and research designs are welcomed. The topics relevant to this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, three main areas: management, defence, and security. Detailed topics are listed below:

Management Area:
Public management in the context of defence and security
Organisation management in the face of new challenges and threats
Cross-sectoral collaboration for effective management
Cooperation for economic development and security within the Three Seas States and the European Union
Territorial development management and spatial development in the aspect of security and defence

Defence Area:
Armed forces in state security systems – theory and practice
Modernisation challenges for the Armed Forces – priorities, linking to identified and future threats
Logistic outsourcing in the armed forces – theory and practice
The role of the non-military sector in shaping the state of defence
Economic and social aspects in the state of defence

Security and Safety Area:
Critical infrastructure security
Cyber security – new challenges
Virtual reality and augmented reality in the service of security
Intelligent systems, artificial intelligence – security implications
Energy and ecological security of Europe – entities, infrastructure, tasks, organisation and threats
The defence industry as a key element of state security.
Protective potential of uniformed services in ensuring public safety and security
Media in the national security systems of states – theory and practice
Education for security and defence

Manuscript submission
Four types of papers (between 6000 and 10000 words) can be considered for potential publication in this Special Issue.
• Original research, with full Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusion sections. They should be between 4,000 and 7,000 words in length;
• Review articles, which include a comprehensive summary of research on a certain topic, with Introduction, Methods (theoretical), Results, and Conclusions. They should be up to 8,000 words in length;
• Conceptual papers, which do not present original data but an original concept. They synthesise knowledge from previous work on a particular topic, and present it in a new light to reveal the potential for further research. They should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length;
• Short papers should contain original work with focused and concise research contributions, incremental work, e.g. follow-up extensions or evaluations of existing methods, or exploratory work. They could also be of a conceptual nature. Short papers should also include Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusion sections and should be between 2,000 - 3,000 words in length.

All authors must follow the Security and Defence “Guide for Authors”. To submit a manuscript, please go to: and click on the ‘Submit your paper’ button. Then select this Special Issue “The Contemporary Problems of Management, Defence and Security”. All submissions are subject to standard peer review, revision, and re-submission processes. Please direct any queries to dr hab. Aneta Wysokińska-Senkus at

Tentative schedule:
Submission of full papers: 30.04.2023
Publication of the Special Issue: 31.08.2023

Special Edition’s Guest Editorial Team:
Col. prof. eng. Tomasz Jałowiec, War Studies University, Poland
assoc. prof. Aneta Wysokińska-Senkus, War Studies University, Poland
prof. ing. Zuzana Dvořáková, NEWTON University, Czech Republic