Defence and Security Publications

Mar
30

Latest Report: 3D Printing – WMD Proliferation and Terrorism Risks

Author: Francisco Galamas 3D printing, or addictive manufacturing, has been expanding its presence in our society at an impressive rate. These printers basically inject layers of plastic, metal or other substances in order to build objects. While at first three-dimensional printing could only do very simple objects, recent developments allowed this technology to advance for the production of more complex items, such as firearms. For instance, in mid-2013, the world woke up to the reality of 3D printed guns as they fired their first shots on camera, in a video release by the producing company – Defense Distributed(...). Download full report
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Feb
27

Georgia and Ukraine: Two Stories, Same Strategy?

Traumatized by ongoing fights in Ukraine the Western community continues to challenge Russia diplomatically and with ongoing sanctions. In January alone separatists bombed Mariupol, took control over a devastated Donetsk International Airport and announced plans to further increase the number of their soldiers. When almost full attention is paid to Donbas, two separatist republics in Georgia – Abkhazia and South Ossetia – gain their momentum. Russia is gaining new ground in Caucasus and it might be more and more difficult to return to the status quo. Poland should lead the efforts of the Western community to strengthen NATO and the EU in order to deprive Moscow from its potential counter-legitimacy […]

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Feb
19

A new Islamist offensive in the West?

The Islamist terrorist attack that took place in Copenhagen on February 14, 2015 is the latest incident of this kind in a Western European country in recent months. Less than a month and a half after the bloody attack on the editorial staff of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the events in the Danish capital have again drawn the attention of the Western public to the problem of Islamic extremism and terrorism. It is worth noting that the attack in Paris was the deadliest incident of Islamic terrorism in Europe since the attacks in London in 2005. It served as a symbolic end to a decade of relative […]

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Jan
31

The modernization program of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation – current status and prospects of success

On 26 December 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the revised “Military Doctrine of the Russian Federation.” Compared to the 2010 version, this document expanded the catalog of external threats. Among the most important of these are: “NATO capabilities (…), and its infrastructure approaching the Russian borders”, interference in the internal affairs of Russia’s allies, the growing threat of terrorism and extremism, and support for the regimes in the countries bordering Russia that came to power following the overthrow of the legitimate authorities. As the main objective of the development of the Russian Armed Forces is to transform their structure and size, and equip them with modern weapons for potential […]

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Jan
23

Polish Arms Industry and Defence Procurement System – Implementation of the Armed Forces Modernization Plan

Authors: Maciej Olex-Szczytowski, Małgorzata Darowska The analysis of the economic and legal factors conducted in the report proved the current defence procurement system in Poland does not ensure involvement of the Polish industry in implementation of the Armed Forces Modernization Plan. According to the authors improvement of plans, coordinations of orders as well legal changes in terms of procurement are necessary in order to increase capabilities of the Polish companies in the Armed Forces modernization programmes. Download full report (PL)
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Dec
30

Afghanistan after the ISAF – how to avoid failure?

The date of 31 December 2014 will not go down in Afghanistan’s history as a solely positive one. It could have been otherwise had the strategic and political conditions been different. This date, indicating the end of the 13-year-long combat military presence in Afghanistan of Western countries, will not be remembered as the moment when a new perspective opened before the country and its people in conditions of stability, peace and economic prosperity. The current reality in Afghanistan is far from stability in every way: from the socio-political and economic situation to the country’s security issues. The security situation in Afghanistan on the eve of the end of the ISAF […]

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Dec
04

The Polish Armed Forces – current state, perspectives and modernization challenges

Poland’s security environment is in a state of constant flux. As well as the new threats and challenges, such as terrorism, migration and cross-border crime, traditional threats are still very much present. Poland’s membership of NATO and the EU considerably improved the geopolitical position of our country, but it should still be noted that security is not a permanent given. Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine have undermined the principle of the inviolability of Europe’s borders. Nor do certain trends within NATO and the EU give much cause for optimism. The gradual withdrawal of the United States from Europe, the constant decline in military expenditure of […]

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Oct
31

NATO Summit in Newport – Implications for Poland’s National Security

The NATO Summit in Newport, which took place on September 4-5, 2014, brought important decisions for Poland’s national security. The Alliance will strengthen its military presence on its eastern flank. In addition, the creation of the immediate reaction force (Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, VJTF) from NATO’s Response Force (NRF) will improve NATO’s ability to respond to crises. The summit has also served as the confirmation of the transatlantic bond. The member states have declared their will to gradually increase defense spending. The results of the summit in Wales should be considered satisfactory. From the point of view of Poland’s security, the following issues are of vital importance:Russia’s hostile […]

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