Military Capabilities

Baltic conflict simulation concludes Poland is wasting valuable time

21 September 2017

Key Points

  • The latest wargaming of a Russian invasion of the Baltic states and Poland has brought out some harsh lessons about the latter's ability to prevail
  • The key issue is the glacial pace of Polish defence procurement

From 12-14 September the Baltic Hegemon wargaming exercise had its second run-through in Warsaw, once again assuming a conflict with Russia in which Poland fights back as part of a larger NATO response. Poland and NATO forces ended the exercise in a position of advantage, but the sobering reality is that this frontline NATO country is desperately short of the assets needed to fight a modern military engagement with a Russian force – and the valuable time needed to procure those assets is seen as ticking by with no decisions being taken.

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