The Czech Republic joined NATO in 1999.
Under the second Bush Administration, plans to establish an early detection radar in the Czech Republic, which would accompany interceptors in Poland, were agreed upon.
In September 2009, the Obama Administration scrapped the plans for the Czech and Polish systems.
In October 2009, President Obama proposed a revamped plan, as part of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA),which would call for the Czech Republic to host an early warning system to collect and analyze data from satellites.
On June 15, 2011 the Czech Republic withdrew from current EPAA plans to host an early warning system, because the Czech government believed the current proposal was not currently in their best interest.
Both sides have stated they hope for continued talks and the establishment of a missile defense component on Czech soil.