NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses a press conference on June 6, 2013 at the presidential palace in Warsaw.

Poland revises its security strategy.

Maintaining Alliances and Homeland Defense

July 2013, Number 04.03

“Poland wants to be an important and active regional player. Articulated security goals and plans for a substantial increase of defense capabilities show that Warsaw has the ambition, the strategy and the potential to shape the security environment in the region. Poland’s standing as a major contributor to the NATO security network seems secure. With the perceived decline of military threats, including a reduction of likely large-scale external threats against Poland, the country has concluded its first National Security Strategic Review (NSSR) to prepare for possible security situations. However small the likelihood, Poland can’t exclude the possibility of a violation of its sovereignty, an attempt at political-military blackmail or a crisis resulting in uncontrolled migration onto Polish territory. To mitigate those risks Warsaw has put a defense emphasis on development of preemptive threat capabilities...”

Excerpt from Mariusz Fryc, “Maintaining Alliances and Homeland Defense,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  4, No. 3, 2013: 54-59.

Col. Dr. Mariusz Fryc is a senior subject matter expert in the Armed Forces Supervision Department at the National Security Bureau in Poland. Previously, he was an analyst at the Comprehensive Crisis and Operations Management Center at NATO Allied Command Operations (SHAPE) in Belgium and a former assistant professor in the Chair of Strategy and Geostrategy at the National Defence University in Warsaw. Col. Fryc graduated from the Program on Advanced Security Studies, Marshall Center’s flagship course, in 2007.

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