28 June 2017

Frontline Security: Land Warfare, Allies and Capabilities in the 21st Century

An event by the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA)

and the Centre for East European Studies University of Warsaw

Opening Comments:

Tomasz Szatkowski, Undersecretary, Polish Ministry of National Defense

Welcoming Remarks:

John S. Micgiel, Recurring Visiting Professor, Centre for East European Studies UW



Peter B. Doran, Executive Vice President, Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA)

Lt. Gen. Bogusław Samol, Consultant of the Defense Ministry's Defense Strategist


Wojciech Lorenz, Senior Analyst, The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)

 Time and Venue:

Date: June  28, 2017

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Location: Tyszkiewicz-Potocki Palace, Krakowskie Przedmieście 32 street, Warsaw

Warsaw University

Room: The Ball Room 


After 25 years of geopolitical tranquility in the European theater and prolonged emphasis on expeditionary warfighting, the conflict in eastern Ukraine has re-introduced a need for land warfare capabilities. This change has produced a growing awareness of the necessity of improved territorial defense of both for NATO as a whole and allies like Poland. In the United States, the Ukraine war has prompted a comprehensive review of Army warfighting doctrine in response to limited war and “hybrid” scenarios. In Central Europe, there is a nascent debate about how allies should equip and posture themselves to reduce the vulnerability of allied territory to Ukraine-style “grab and hold” tactics. Poland in particular has begun to examine the level of priority that should be placed on territorial defense alongside other concepts in its national armaments program. But where do we go from here?

Following the release of Poland’s new Strategic Defense Review, how is Poland going to field the kinds of advanced defensive capabilities needed to secure NATO’s eastern flank? The United States and allies will need a framework for thinking about 21st-century security in light of new and emerging dangers. We considered:

  • How allies are addressing capability gaps within the context of NATO and national defense; 
  • How the United States sees its role in bolstering frontline defenses; 
  • What changes or consistencies can Central European allies expect from the new U.S. Administration?