A Conversation with Tomasz Szatkowski, Under-Secretary of State at the Polish Ministry of National Defense
- Tomasz Szatkowski, Under-Secretary of State at the Polish Ministry of National Defense
- Jamie Fly, Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
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The Ministry of Defense of Poland has recently published the new Concept of Defense for the Republic of Poland. The concept is a result of a wide-ranging Strategic Defense Review and is the most consequential strategic document produced by the current government. It will guide Poland’s decisions on defense procurement, command structure, and the development of Poland’s military well into the future. Ahead of President Trump’s visit to Warsaw in two-weeks’ time, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is delighted to invite you to attend a conversation on Poland’s National Defense Concept with Under-Secretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Defense Tomasz Szatkowski. In addition, the conversation will focus on broader themes regarding Poland’s defense and security policy, with a particular focus on the successful implementation of the NATO Summit 2016 deliverables, as well as the future of transatlantic security cooperation. The on-the-record conversation will be moderated by GMF's Senior Fellow Jamie Fly.
Tomasz Szatkowski serves as Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of National Defence. He completed post-graduate studies in the field of national security at the University of Warsaw and war studies at King's College London. He also completed a postgraduate course in intelligence policy at King's College London, a training course of development for staff officers at the Graduate School of the United States Navy in Monterey, and a course of programming defense policy and strategic management at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. Minister Szatkowski was awarded scholarships by the Ministry of National Defence of the United Kingdom (2004), the U.S. Department of State (2007), and was named an Asmus Policy Entrepreneurs Fellow of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (2013). He has a long and varied experience in national security, especially defense policy and armaments as well as the supervision of special services and public media. This expertise was acquired in his tenure in crucial national positions at the Sejm, the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, and within the defense industry, public media, and the European Parliament. Minister Szatkowski is the author of many publications on the aforementioned issues, published both in Poland and abroad. His interests are focused around classical military strategy, in particular the relations between technology and strategy, intelligence strategies, and defense economics, as well as problems of national security policy coordination.
Jamie Fly is a Senior Fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States. He served as counselor for Foreign and National Security Affairs to Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) from 2013-17, serving as his Foreign Policy advisor during his presidential campaign. Prior to joining Senator Rubio’s staff in February 2013, he served as the executive director of the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) from its founding in early 2009. Prior to joining FPI, Fly served in the Bush administration at the National Security Council (2008-09) and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (2005-08). He was director for Counterproliferation Strategy at the National Security Council, where his portfolio included the Iranian nuclear program, Syria, missile defense, chemical weapons, proliferation finance, and other counterproliferation issues. In the Office of the Secretary of Defense, he was an assistant for Transnational Threats Policy, where he helped to develop U.S. strategy related to the proliferation of missiles as well as nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. For his work in the Department of Defense, he was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. Fly received a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science from American University and an M.A. in German and European Studies from Georgetown University.