US Defence Generals in MOD
The delegation was accompanied by Paul Jones US Ambassador to Poland. On the Polish side the meeting was attended by Lt. Gen. Michał Sikora First Deputy Chief of General Staff of Polish Armed Forces, Maj. Gen. Jarosław Mika Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Mr. Dominik Smyrgała - Head of MOD Political Office.
Gen. Milley recalled the last visit of President Donald Trump in Warsaw and the visit of Vice-President Mike Pence in the Baltic States as a sign of the United States' commitment to the security of the region.
The discussion concerned with the prospects of further strengthening the presence of US armed forces in Poland and further defence cooperation between the Poland and US, faced with the rising threat from the East.
The talks also focused on the long-term aspects of Polish and US cooperation, including the further presence of US troops in Poland implemented as an Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT), the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) throughout NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP). Interlocutors also discussed about permanent deployment of military equipment bases.
They identified the most important needs in this area, including cooperation in the field of infrastructure, anti-aircraft and missile defense, artillery and long-range artillery, also the transport of troops and air support of ground forces. They also emphasized the most imminent goal of the cooperation between the armed forces of both states: coordination and synchronization of defence plans in the future.
Minister Macierewicz and General Milley exchanged their views in the field of strategy and political goals of the Russian Federation, with particular emphasis on making an appraisal of the ZAPAD’17 military exercises.