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  • 1 October 2018

    NATO’s highest military authority, the Military Committee met on 28-30 September 2018 in Warsaw in Chiefs of Defence format. The meeting was hosted by the Chief of the Polish General Staff, Lieutenant General Rajmund Andrzejczak. Discussions focused on Allied operations, missions and activities, the development of NATO’s Military Strategy, Responsiveness, Reinforcement and the NATO Readiness Initiative, as well as the Alliance’s ongoing modernisation. For Poland, the meeting was one of the highlights of our 100th Anniversary of the Restoration of Independence and the centennial of the re-establishment of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces.

    During the opening of their final meeting of 2018, the Allied Chiefs of Defence paid tribute to serving military personnel and remembered the sacrifice of those men and women killed or wounded in the line of duty.
    Poland’s President Andrzej Duda welcomed the participants at an official welcome ceremony in the Royal Castle. Lt-Gen. Andrzejczak handed each of the participants a medal commemorating the 100th anniversary of the re-establishment of the General Staff of the Polish General Staff.


    Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee stressed that “Poland is a leading member of the Alliance. The Polish armed forces are an important constituent element of NATO defence capabilities, particularly in the Baltic region. Poland hosts NATO missile defence system, Headquarters of the Multinational Corps North-East in Szczecin, NATO battlegroup as well as HQ Multinational Division North East in Elbląg. All this shows Poland’s continued engagement in NATO.”


    Poland’s Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak told the participants: “We welcome NATO’s adaptation in deterrence and defence… We need not only stronger defence on the Eastern flank, but also deployment of troops on the ground. This would enhance credibility and effectiveness of NATO’s deterrence and defence mission, forming its integral part. We welcome an examination commenced by our US Ally on the feasibility and a possible type of such a deployment in Poland. We believe that an ultimate solution would serve  the security of the entire Alliance, strengthening its political cohesion and military effectiveness. We would like to and our ready to discharge our responsibilities as host nation as best we can.” Minister Błaszczak discussed the issue of the long-term strengthening of the US military presence in Poland during his bilateral meeting with Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. 


    The Chiefs of Defence received detailed intelligence and operational briefings noting the changes to the security environment and ongoing challenges. They went on to discuss the need for increased cooperation and coordination, especially in areas where a number of institutions are involved. At the Brussels Summit in July 2018, the Heads of State and Government agreed the ‘Four Thirties’ Readiness Initiative with Allies committing to having 30 mechanised battalions, 30 air squadrons and 30 combat vessels, ready to use within 30 days or less by 2020. The Chiefs of Defence provided further advice and recommendations on the initiative and received progress reports on NATO-European Union cooperation in the area of military mobility. The Chiefs of Defence reviewed the progress of the Command Structure Adaptation as well as the ongoing Functional Review, which aims to improve how the NATO Headquarters is governed.


    “On the NATO Military Strategy, the Chiefs of Defence agreed the need to focus both on current means and capabilities, based on a broad and strengthened deterrence and defence, in order to contribute to projecting stability and strengthening security outsides its territory, thereby contributing to Alliance security overall.”


    The MC meeting provided an opportunity for bilateral meetings of Polish Chief of General Staff with MC Chairman Sir Stuart Peach, Gen. Curtis M. Scaparotti, Supreme Allied Commander Europe/SACEUR, Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff of the United Kingdom.


    Sir Stuart Peach also visited the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) in Bydgoszcz as well as the HQ Multinational Corps North-East in Szczecin. He met the JFTC’s Deputy Commander, Brigadier General Ladislav Jung, and his staff on 27 September. Sir Peach was interested in challenges JFTC was facing with regard to the ongoing NATO Command Structure Adaptation. The discussions highlighted the Centre’s training and exercises development and execution. Talks also focused on integration of experimentation efforts within training events, implementation of lessons learned into exercises scenarios and cooperation with other NATO units, including the centres of excellence.


    On 28 September, CMC also met with Defence Minister Błaszczak to discuss the implementation of NATO decisions concerning the presence of NATO troops on the Eastern flank. Minister Błaszczak underlined the importance Poland attaches to strengthening collective defence, including successful reform of the Command Structure Adaptation which will be critical to NATO’s future ability to carry out collective defence.


    During his joint press conference with Lieutenant General Rajmund Andrzejczak, Sir Stuart Peach concluded by stating, “For nearly 70 years, NATO has helped to preserve peace and stability in Europe. We continue to stand united in our core collective defense mission. That’s why NATO is the most successful – and the most valuable – Alliance in history”.

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