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Territorial Defense System for Poland: Report
A Polish think thank has unveiled a concept for building a territorial defense system in the country. The idea is based on several months of research and analyses that involved strategy game tools.

Research into designing a territorial defense system for Poland began last summer and was conducted by the National Center for Strategic Studies (NCSS), an independent analytical and research institute based in Warsaw. The center’s experts presented a report on the project at a news conference in the Polish capital April 5.

Mariusz Kordowski, director of the center’s military programs division, and Maciej Paszyn, one of the center’s experts, briefed reporters on the main ideas behind the project and also discussed a range of implications for policy makers.

According to Paszyn, simulations conducted as part of the research and expert analyses employed tactical military games.

According to Kordowski, one of the key conclusions from the report is that Poland’s new territorial defense system should be based on light infantry units equipped with modern portable anti-tank and air-defense weapons. In other conclusions, the report says the system should constitute a new type of armed forces and be built in Poland’s eastern provinces to begin with. According to the report, the system should include “pro-defense organizations.”

Kordowski said the report was an attempt by the National Center for Strategic Studies to offer a comprehensive analysis of how Poland’s new territorial defense system should be created. “Our ambition has been to present policy makers with specific solutions and recommendations in this area,” he said.

Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz April 25 signed a formal decision to establish Poland’s territorial defense force. He said the move was needed because Poland was “directly endangered” by the actions of its northeastern neighbor Russia, which “aimed to destabilize the peaceful order in Europe.”

Macierewicz said that “three territorial defense brigades” would be deployed to “Poland’s eastern flank by the end of this year.”

Source: Polish Press Agency (PAP)