The Republic of Poland is rapidly becoming the critical member of the NATO Alliance in its increasing efforts to deter Russian military threats and counter Moscow’s attempts to subvert European democracy. Poland is no free rider when it comes to European security. It is spending more money in terms of a percentage of GDP than most NATO countries. The Polish military has a modernization program underway that over time promises to make it a serious counterweight to the Russian Army. Poland also is the obvious place for NATO to base its defense of Europe. This is the primary reason why the U.S. has deployed heavy combat forces in that country and plans to significantly increase its presence in the next few years. I have written on the critical role of Poland and forward deployed U.S. forces to NATO’s defense here.
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