On November 13, 2014, GMF’s Warsaw office hosted the latest meeting of its Young Transatlantic Network chapter. The roundtable discussion with General Stanislaw Koziej, head of the National Security Bureau and a former secretary of state at the Ministry of Defense and advisor to the minister, focused on the new Polish National Security Strategy, signed by the president in early November.
In his opening remarks, General Koziej asserted that the post-Cold War era is coming to an end, and a fundamental reassessment of our thinking about security is necessary to mirror that shift. An integrated, multidimensional approach is needed to account not only for so-called hard security, but also for its other dimensions, including cyber-security and energy security. General Koziej also highlighted the importance of increased coordination between NATO and the European Union for the creation of a more comprehensive and cohesive strategy.
The open discussion that followed touched on a variety of topics, from the role of the Visegrad Group in addressing new security challenges, to hybrid warfare, cyber-security and NATO’s collective defense doctrine. The participants also used the opportunity to discuss some of the issues currently at the forefront of the security debate in Poland, such as the implementation of the decisions made during the Wales Summit, potential basing of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force and the prepositioning of equipment and permanent presence of NATO troops on the Eastern flank.