How Poland invests for the coming years can also transform its military from a defensive-oriented one to a force whose capabilities will make Moscow think twice about taking any action against its neighbor to the West.”– Dominik KimlaDeutsche Welle recently analyzed Eastern Europe’s defense industry prospects as NATO promised to bolster its presence in northeastern Poland and the Baltics as of 2017. The move as seen as a “a measured response to what the alliance believes are some 330,000 Russian troops stationed on the country’s western flank near Moscow,” as NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said. The move however adds to concerns that the response will lead to a new arms race with Russia. DW interviewed Warsaw-based Avascent Associate Dominik Kimla on the implications for Poland and its military strategy over the coming years. Kimla noted that Poland’s defense investments will transform its military from defensive-oriented force toward an emphasis on offensive capabilities that could serve to engage or deter potential enemies, namely Russia.
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