NATO’s Challenge:
Coherent Defense Modernization


On Wednesday, September 4, CEPA held a security discussion on the sidelines of MSPO 2019, in Kielce, Poland. 

 

As the global environment becomes more tumultuous, NATO defense modernization is once again front and center. After years of decline in territorial defense capabilities, a push for increased defense spending and emphasis on each member’s Article 3 responsibilities is getting new attention. To ensure NATO’s approach to defense modernization maximizes deterrence and defense, panelists considered how leaders, policymakers, and defense industry must work together to strengthen coherence in:

 

  1. Acquisition processes: By increasing responsiveness to fulfill urgent and emergent defense and security requirements while balancing the need to foster defense industrial cooperation.   
     

  2. Interoperability: By fixing legacy challenges, and addressing new ones, in an environment where the United States and only a few others, outpace the rest in high-tech defense capabilities. 


The seminar was kicked off by an opening keynote from CEPA's President Peter B. Doran, followed by U.S. Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher and Deputy Minister National Defence, Marek Łapiński.

 

The event consisted of two panels. The first panel, "The Defense Modernization Challenge: obstacles and opportunities," was moderated by CEPA's Ben Hodges, and included insight from LTG Charles Hooper, Director, DSCA, Ms. Ann Cataldo, DASA-DE&C, BG Karol Dymanowski, Director of the Armaments Policy Department, MoND, and BG Robert Drozd, Chief of the Command & Control Directorate, J6, General Staff. 


The second panel entitled "Maximizing allied effects by demanding inherent interoperability: which capabilities and at what levels, tactical-strategic?" was moderated by Peter B. Doran and featured insight from Heidi Grant, Director, DTSA, LTG (Ret.) Ben Hodges, Pershing Chair, CEPA, BG Robert Drozd, Chief of the Command & Control Directorate, J6, General Staff, and COL Romuald Maksymiuk, Deputy Chief of the Armaments Inspectorate, MoND.

 

Peter Doran

Ben Hodges

Ray Wojcik

 September 4 2019

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