Europe's frontline states face a daunting dilemma: the United States is far away and prone to distraction; Russia is near, modernizing, and aggressive; and the CEE region itself is not a military great power. After Russia’s military foray into Ukraine, old questions of how to defend territory are back – such as the local balance of conventional capabilities and the nature of the Russian threat. These are fundamentally different problem sets from those encountered during the out-of-area deployments of the last two decades. How has the Ukraine War shown that CEE states need to fill defense gaps: doctrinally, in posture, new capabilities; What role should the United States play in the territorial defense of CEE frontline states; How will armies need to retool their capabilities from the “Long War” of the past to the new dangers facing CEE?
MODERATOR: Jakub Grygiel, Senior Fellow, CEPA
Maj. General Gordon B. (Skip) Davis, Jr., European Command J3, NATO
Maj. General Tim McGuire, Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe
Lt. General Herbert R. McMaster, U.S. Army
Piotr Pacholski, Deputy Director, International Security Policy Department, Ministry of National Defense, Poland
Peter Siklosi, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Defense, Hungary