Royal Castle and Old Town in Warsaw, Poland

Why a strong Poland is vital to U.S. national security.

‘For Our Freedom and Yours’

April 2021, Number 11.01

“Throughout the summer of 2020, Poland steadily secured headlines across United States media outlets, renewing discussions about the nation’s history, its relationship with the U.S. and its role in NATO. The month of May that year marked the 75th anniversary of World War II’s end and the 100th anniversary of Polishborn Pope John Paul II’s birth. These consequential 20th century milestones recalled Poland’s decisive contributions to victory and freedom during World War II and the Cold War, providing timely historical context for significant defense developments in June. 

Polish President Andrzej Duda visited the White House three weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump announced an intended 9,500 troop reduction in Germany, spurring debate about U.S. commitment to NATO and the possibility of a permanent U.S. base in Poland. In response, a bipartisan cohort of U.S. members of Congress argued that the troop reduction would destabilize Europe to Russia’s advantage. But Trump signaled that some of the 9,500 troops could be sent to Poland and even reaffirmed a September 2019 bilateral defense cooperation declaration during Duda’s visit. In February 2021, the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden announced a thorough force posture review and halted all European troop withdrawal plans...

Excerpt from K. Calhoun, “‘For Our Freedom and Yours,’” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 11, No. 1, 2021: 32-37.

Maj. Brigid K. Calhoun, U.S. Army, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2011 and served in the 173rd Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) as brigade assistant S-2; the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) S-2; and Military Intelligence Company commander. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in policy management from Georgetown University and co-hosts the DoDReads: What Are You Reading? podcast.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.