Poland Reaffirms Ambition for Independent Antimissile Capability

Poland's president on Wednesday reaffirmed his government's ambition to develop an antimissile capability separate from the protection presently supplied through its alliance with the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported (see GSN, Aug. 13).

The Central European nation has been host to U.S. Patriot missile interceptors and is slated around 2018 to become home to next-generation U.S. Standard Missile 3 interceptors that will be part of a broader NATO network intended to protect the continent from ballistic missile strikes from the Middle East (see GSN, May 25, 2010).

"Our Polish shield is needed that would at the same time be part of a great, NATO system," President Bronislaw Komorowski said in public remarks. "It’s a costly enterprise but it’s necessary to sustain within the Polish defense budget that’s growing with the growth of Poland’s GDP" (Marcin Sobczyk, Wall Street Journal, Aug. 16).

August 16, 2012
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Poland's president on Wednesday reaffirmed his government's ambition to develop an antimissile capability separate from the protection presently supplied through its alliance with the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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