In the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine, the NATO Alliance has had to meet the Kremlin’s challenge to European security by making up for years of underinvestment in defense. Although building a network of permanent bases along the Eastern Flank would be the most effective way to ensure credible deterrence against Russian aggression, that solution faces insuperable political and resource constraints. Investing in enhanced military mobility is a more realistic alternative.

In a new strategic brief, CEPA 2019 Title VIII CEE Area Studies Fellow Chelsea Michta analyzes the impact the Polish government’s decision in 2018 to build the so-called Central Transportation Hub (CPK), a national dual-use transportation center intended to bolster NATO’s military logistics and overall defense posture in the region.