Defence and Security Publications

Mar
02

The army’s cooperation with the private sector – a chance to improve the system of training for the F-16 aircraft

Due to the rapid development of new technologies and the emergence of new threats on the modern battlefield, there is a need for new solutions in terms of weapon systems, the implementation of which cannot take place without considering the specific skills of their operation and maintenance. This cannot be achieved without an effective qualitative and quantitative system of training. There is a continuing need to acquire new skills so that the personnel, operating a modern system of combat, could use all its capabilities in an efficient and professional way. An important factor associated with the introduction of new weapons systems is the ratio of costs at the implementation stage […]

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Feb
12

New strategy in the fight against ISIS – What role for Poland?

On January 12 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama, in his final State of the Union address, outlined a more aggressive plan to combat the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). A few days earlier (6 January 2016), President Obama introduced the long-awaited strategy for the fight against ISIS. Meanwhile the Pentagon unveiled its plans for the operations: American soldiers would not be limited officially only to Iraq. U.S. involvement would continue to involve Special Forces and the training of Iraqi troops. However, President Obama urged Congress in his address to agree to the use of regular troops. In addition, sources at the Pentagon admitted that U.S. Special Forces would carry out the […]

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Jan
21

The Syria peace process – a chance to end the conflict?

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the Syrian civil war is responsible for the deaths of nearly 250,000 people since it began in 2011. More than four million Syrians have been registered in refugee camps, and almost eight million people can be described as Internally Displaced Persons (IDP). Despite all efforts, including those made by the Group of Friends of the Nation of Syria, the Geneva meetings, UN resolutions and the ‘Inherent Resolve’ military operation led by the United States and its allies, the situation in Syria has not been stabilized. The situation has been further complicated by Russia and Iran, who have joined in the conflict […]

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Jan
15

The role of Foreign Military Sales in the Polish Armed Forces’ procurement program for its ‘Wisla’ air defense system

On November 25, 2015 Minister Antoni Macierewicz confirmed that in the near future the Ministry of Defense is to review the most important tenders for armaments. In his statement it was also suggested that the Polish negotiating position regarding the tender for its ‘Wisla’ air defense system from American suppliers might change. Doubts have arisen concerning the way the U.S. government is using Foreign Military Sales, as well as Poland’s room for maneuver at this stage of the tender. Modes of acquiring U.S. weapons The legislation of the United States assumes two main ways of offering American defense articles to foreign countries and international institutions: Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and […]

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Dec
30

Peace operations and policy regarding conflicts – necessary changes and Poland’s position

The United Nations celebrated its 70th anniversary (1945-2015) at a difficult time. For the first time since the end of the Cold War the number of armed conflicts around the world has increased. Civil wars and crises  increasing number of inflammatory regions have produced growing number of victims and the largest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. According to reports by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees,, almost 60 million people are currently displaced by wars and conflicts. Many factors have contributed to such a state of affairs. Three of them seem to be the most serious. Firstly, the widespread of transnational, organised armed extremist movements which breed on […]

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Dec
22

POLICY PAPER: Geopolitical aspects of the Paris terrorist attacks

The attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015, the deadliest in Europe for a decade, will undoubtedly contribute to major changes in the socio-political climate in the European Union and affect the future of the European integration process. Especially since the attacks occurred at a time when European countries are facing a huge immigration crisis from the regions of North Africa and the Middle East. The dramatic events that have taken place in Paris also have a clear geopolitical dimension, which in the long run may prove to be much more important than the relatively short-term strategic implications. The coalition of the reluctant The Paris attacks are a confirmation of […]

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Nov
17

Russian involvement in Syria as a geopolitical game-changer for the region and the world

The Russian military operation in Syria, launched at the end of September 2015, surprised all observers and participants of the conflict in that country. Few could have predicted that Vladimir Putin would go so far with this open participation in the Syrian war, taking the side of the Syrian government. Such a direct and open military involvement of Moscow, supporting the authorities in Damascus, has caused immediate changes both to the operational situation in Syria itself, as well as to the entire strategic environment of this five-year old conflict. Russia’s daring move in the Levant has resulted in a geopolitical tsunami, whose reach extends well beyond the narrowly perceived Syrian […]

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Nov
02

The future of the Air Forces and air defence units of Poland’s Armed Forces

This report takes a closer look at Poland’s air defence system, one of the cornerstones of state defence and security in general. To gain and maintain dominance in the air is a precondition for any military defence operation to succeed, especially at this stage of development of military technologies. Moreover, effective and modern aviation as well as antimissile and antiaircraft defence would definitely reinforce Poland’s position as a committed ally within NATO. This report consists of 3 chapters. The first chapter analyses trends in Poland’s security environment to identify major tasks to be completed in the area of Air Forces and air defence systems in the next 20 – 25 […]

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