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27 September 2019
The situation in Europe was very clear during the Cold War – there were easily defined opponent blocks: NATO and the Warsaw Pact, preparing for a large-scale, symmetric conflict. The end of the bi-polar order marked a shift in defence policies and transformation of western militaries leading them towards an increased engagement in multinational operations. For example, after the collapse of Soviet Union, the US shifted their concerns towards global security treats such as ‘failed states’, terrorism, ethnic and religious conflict, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The situation looked very different for the European states which did not shift their interests towards the global dimension as quickly and smoothly focusing primarily on national and regional security. Nevertheless, facing a changing security environment in Europe, they also started to re-define their strategic thinking.
The transformation of Polish strategic thought began with the end of the Cold War and disintegration of the Warsaw Pact in 1991. At that point, Poland found itself in a situation where it could not only develop its own strategic documents but also had to learn how to do it independently and without external directives. The period of almost 25 years involved deep changes in strategic thinking and creating own national documents. It also resulted in transformation of the whole Armed Forces, what remained not without an influence on the shape of the Polish Air Force and the doctrines they use. This paper investigates that process of the development of allied context in strategic thinking in Poland as a country aspiring, at that time, to join the western security structures. Following that, it explores how the shift in strategic thinking and allied discourse is reflected in the air doctrines published in Poland during last 25 years.
The lecture will be held at the Royal Force Museum, Cosford at 12.30pm on Friday 27 September 2019.
This lecture is free of charge however we do ask that you pre-book a free ticket as seats are limited. Booking is quick and easy:
Maria is a Lecturer in Air Power Studies at the University of Wolverhampton where she is involved in designing and delivering an online MA course on Air Power, Space Power and Cyber Warfare. She has recently obtained her PhD from the University of Nottingham where she worked on a project focused on European air power and its involvement in different forms of multinational cooperation. Her thesis, titled “The potential and limits of air power in contemporary multinational operations: the case of the UK, Polish and Swedish air forces”, is making an important contribution to the field of air power studies, which remains to date largely dominated by the US case. The significance of her research was recognised by the Royal Air Force Museum awarding her the Museum’s RAF Centenary PhD Bursary in Air Power Studies in April 2019. Maria also holds a Master’s Degree in National Security from the National Defence University, currently War Studies University, in Warsaw (Poland). That experience was a turning point for her career as it stimulated her interest in military and air power capabilities of European states and motivated her to pursue further studies in that field. Currently, she is preparing a new research project which will build upon one of the core aspects studied in her doctoral thesis: the influence of national culture on the military culture of European air forces.
The Cold War Lunchtime Lectures at Cosford form a part of the RAF Museum’s Research Programme for 2019. This programme consists of the evening Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies — held in conjunction with the University of Wolverhampton and Royal Aeronautical Society in London — the First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lectures at our London site, and other events such as conferences. Please note that lectures are subject to change.
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